Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1974, Abilene, Texas
"WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 94TH YEAR, NO. 31 PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79C04, THURSDAY 18, THIUTY-FOUR FACES IN THREE SECTIONS Associated Presi I By BLUE RUCKEH 48-Star Flag Use Said 'Not Disrespectful' Q. Tlie 4lh of July Spcclacnlar was nuile an impressive' display of patrio- tism. One thing dismayed us, -we feel it would have been a belter presentation if the huge flag had been deleted since it was an outdated 48 star flag. That's not representative of our union anymore. Residents of our newest states could well take otrcnsc, feeling lliat Abilene does not consider their joining the nation as significant. I hope this mistake hasn't been made all five or six years o[ Ihc spectacular. Couldn't the Jaycces have placed Hide buckets at (he gates to take small contributions to finance a new Hag? A. Bob McCalhren, chairman of the spec- tacular, says there are no plans to buy a new flag. One 50 star flag was offered but il wasn't nearly large enough so when ACC offered its large flag, even though a few stars were missing iL was gladly accepted. McCathren says he hopes people mil con- sider these things as cliild at the spectacular dropped liis little Hag on Ihe ground, nol out of disrespect but uninten- tionally, just as we arc not displaying dis- respect in using that flag. It fulfilled the purpose in that we had a large flag for a pledge of allegiance." McCalhren would Vie happy to accept a huge 50 star flag if you would like lo furnish It. but a flag that large is quite expensive. The flag's been used four out of five years and you're the first to complain about it, he says. Q- My daughter enters Jefferson Ju- nior HifiU (liis school term. She'll he taking tennis. What kind of icnnis rack- et, etc. will she lie needing and will she he wearing the regular IJE uniform for girls? If so, what is required in the junior highs? A. Green regulation gym shorts, white blouse, wliite socks, gym shoes and ii stand- ard size racket. No other equipment is nec- essary but a desire to play tennis helps, says Bob Joy, director of health, PE and Safely for Abilene public schools. 0. I am a member of Ihe Abilene Committee for Pure IValer and we still helievc no chemicals should be added to our water supply except those absolutely necessary for purification. Does (he City Council have the power to order thioridaiion of our water even though it was voted out by the people or would an election be necessary? A. City Manager Fred Sanrilin says legally an election is not necessary; politically il might be. The council does have the authori- ty to authorize fluoriclation if it chooses to do so, be says. Q. In April, a discount store adver- tised a photo contest tor the most photo- genic children in (he area. Cash prizes were to he awarded. We've never seen anything else about it. Who won? We asked the store for a list of winners and no one seemed to know anything about it. II sounds like a gimmick. Isn't (here some law against offering contests and never awarding the See what you can do. A. Clearly there are problems deserving some probing, which they are gelling. The assistant store manager had already been working on the matter when we called him. lie's pretty disillusioned, particularly since his store experienced a similar situation two years ago. The store manager vowed then never to get into another photography deal but, this one seemed lo be acceptable. He bad phoned and written the photogra- pher, even threatened a lawsuit, with zero results. Nol only had a winners' list not been forthcoming, nor Hie cash prizes, but ore customer said he spent 505 on pictures, nev- er received them. Maybe the pressure is bringing results, I hough. Just a day or so ago the photog- rapher finally promised a lisl of winners and to compensate those who had won mon- cv You and other dissatisfied customers might convey your own feelings to the pho- tographer I.es Bowman, 1030 Gordon Ave., P 0. Box 1947, Albany, Georgia 71702. Let- ters, Action Line, the store manager and the Better Business Bureau combined might make him uncomfortable. Address questions to Action Line, Box 30, Abilene, Texas 79604. Names will not be used but questions must lie signed and addresses given. Please in- clude telephone mmibers if possible. After-Fact' Nixon Is Claimed ABANDONED POOL IN STONEGATE ADDITION .owner wasn't aware of pool violation SUIT Pholft by Den Blakley Abandoned Pools Draw Complaint By GAIIY BAMJItlDGi: Ueporter-Ncws Staff Writer "1 would like to have some- thing before a child With those closing lines, Pat Turner of 2COI Arrowhead urged in a letler lo Aclion Line that action be taken on three abandoned pools in Ihe Slcncgate development. "Does Abilene have an ordi- nance concerning abandoned swimming pool or non-en- closed Turner wrote, describing what had been seen in a vacant lot on Ihe south- east comer of Arrowhead and Robertson Streets. "These pools are partially full of rainwater, tar, oil, lumber and Irash, and arc not enclosed in any the letter said. A VISIT lo the scene reveal- ed exactly what the letter had described. Two large pools, measuring about 40 and 25 feet in length, and one small wad- ing pool were hidden in three- feel high weeds. Refuse had collected in the pools. A check with the Cily Plan- ning and Zoning Depl. found that there was a section of the zoning ordinance requiring pools to be enclosed. 'LUMBER AND OTHER DEBRIS FILL POOL resident's pica led to hazard's discovery The oflner of the lot in ques- tion, Laivson Ridgeway of Dal- las, said Wednesday had re- cently acquired Ihc properly State Said Leader In Search for Oil AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) Chair- man Jim Langdon of the Texas Railroad Commission said to- day the state is leading Ihe na- tion's search for oil and gas. The commission once again set Ihe statewide oil allowable al 100 per cent. Texas has been on wide-open production since April 1972. Ijngdon cited numerous sta- tistics to show the search for oil is on the upswing in Texas in an effort to cope wilh energy shortages. lie said Ihe commission liaJ processed drilling appli- cations this year, compared lo at this time last year. Also, Langdon said, as of July 8 there were 511 drilling rigs on location in 42 per cent increase from a year ago and twice as many as. in any oilier stales. "Thirly-five per cenl of the Views Sought On Noted Trial Fellow jurists sought the views of Abilene Judge J. Neil Daniel on the Gus Mutscher trial when he at- tended the National College of the State Judiciary in Reno, Nev. Stories, photo- graph on Pg. 1 B. 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Nominations by major buyers of Texas crude oil'for August, in barrels pci1 day, with changes from July in paren- theses: Amoco Atlanlic Richfield Chevron Cities Service Continental Diamond Shamrock Exxon (plus Gulf (minus Mobil Phillips Shell Sun (plus Texaco Union of California and was not aware of Ihe pools, nor Ihe ordinance re- quiring I heir enclosure.. He said lhal if they were in viola- lion, he would cither fence them in or fill them with dirt, Cily Building Official Warron Swafford, who wrote Tiidge- vay a letler last week inform- ing him of Ihe apparent viola- lion after Building Inspector Jim Hargrove examined the site, said Ihe abandoned pools were the only ones he knew about in the Cily of Abilene. He also saiil he encounters very few cases of unenclosed pools here. The reasons for Ihc rarity are (he cily zoning ordinance and a building permit require- ment for swimming pools, Swafford explained. 1NSPECTOHS from his de- partment po lo each site where a pool is planned. Thev know what the zoning ordinance says: "Swimming pools in any zoning district musl be located at least 10 feel from the near- est properly line and be so walled or fenced to prevent uncontrolled access by chil- dren .from the street or any adjacent property." There is also a requirement in Ihe current ordinance for a masonry wall or solid fence al least six feet high on any side facing the property line. In Ihe proposed new zoning ordinance, which comes up for a public hearing, at (he Cily Council's Aug. 8 meeting, dis- tances and fence heights for pool areas are somewhat dif- ferent. THE NEW ORDINANCE would require thai "swimming pools which are nol accessory lo a residential use shall be located al least 25 feet from Ilic nearest residential proper- ly line and be screened by a masonry wall or solid fence af least six feet high (four feet high for; mulli-faniily-use Swafforrt said that anyone who believes a pool is in viola- tion of the ordinance should file a complaint wilh the city Building Depl. WASHINGTON (A P) President Nixon privately voiced "aftcr-lhe tact" ap- proval of Ihe While House. plumbers' burglary despite his public repudiation of it, ac- cording to evidence just re- leased by the House impeach- ment panel. Documents said Assistant Ally. Gen. Henry Pelerscn lold the Watergate Grand Jury thai Nixon ordered Ihe Justice Department away from Ihc case in a telephone conversa- tion April 18, 1973, "1 know about that you stay out ol that." And John D. Ehrliclunnn, wlin overheard Nixon's end of Ihc talk with Peterson, said the President told him mo- ments aflcr hanging up that Ihe plumbers' break-in al the office of Daniel EUsberg's psychiatrist was "fully justi- fied by the circumstances." Ehrlichman, who lasl week was convicted on four felony counls related to the incident, said Nixon again indicated 'his after-lhe-fact approval" in early May, 1973. lie quoted Nixon directly as saying "I surely recognize the valid na- tional security reasons il was done." Elirliclmian's statements were in an alfadavil dated April .'10 Ihis year. Nixon claimed publicly last summer that he hart no knowl- edge of. the burglary teforc- hand, that he would have pro- hibited it if he did, and Ihnt be viewed it as "completely de- plorable." The Justice Department., several days after Nixon's talk wilh Pelerscn, ultimately in- formed Ihe judge in Ellslierg's Pentagon Papers trial of Ihe break-in, having first "sought and received the Presi- dent's concurrence. The contradicdons over the President's role in Ihc case were among four new volumes of impeachment evidence, to-' tRling pages, released Thursday night by the House Judiciary Committee. A fifth volume, 225 pages, contained defense evidence. The White- House defense on Hie EUsberg burglary slopped short of claiming legitimacy for it, but hinted strongly that such measures were warrant- ed by concern over leaks. Nowhere is there any hard evidence that Nixon might have known of Ihc operation in advance, or, for that iral- ter, until John W. Dean men- tioned it on March 17, But il was noted lliat Ehrlich- man spoke wilh Nixon a I on the same day thai E'lriM ircliman was himself briefed by one of Ihe princi- pals alter Colson said in an affavil lhal Nixon was so worked up over Ellsberg lhal he declared in July- of 197j _ (wo months before the break-in-- that "1 don't-give a damn how it is done, do whatever, has to be done lo stop.these leaks I don'l want excuses, I want results. I want JL done, whatever the cosl." On another key matter, the 'documents showed that Nix- on's closest aides, using infor- mation which the lale J. Ed- gar Hoover had classified "Top Secret" and addressed directly to the President, at- tempted to turn a national se- curity wiretap inlo political gain at home. That disclosure came among a hefty and heavily cen- sored sheaf of FBI files sent lo the committee on Ihe telephone surveillance in 19C9 and 1970 of 13 government of- ficials and four newsmen. Chances of Rain Expected to Wane Although Ihe Key City entered its fourth straight day with a 20 per cenl chance of rain, fore- casters al the Nalional Weather Service said conditions which cause the isolated showers may be lapcring off. Weatherman Darrell Crawford said Thursday that a '.race of rain was recorded al Municipal Airport Wednesday, and a 15- minule shower was also report- eel in 'northwest Abilene for the second day in a row. "SOME PLACES might havs gollen Crawford said. A steady flow of Gulf moisture and the heat of tlie day may combine to produce more isolat- ed showers through Friday, but Crawford said the air is becom- ing "more and so less likely to generate the needed rainfall. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Naljonil Service (Wwlhcr Mop, Pg. 3AJ A3ILENE AND VfCINITY radius) Cttar lo partly cloudy o aligTil ctance of afternoon and evening inurxicrEhowers Inrra-flh Fririny. CorHlnUed warm- Soulherly B 1o 12 mph. High rnis nHcrnoon and Friday in Ifie nild 90-.. lortlghi ftor70. ProbobilHy cl rain 20 per cent thraugn Friday- HTgfi end low for 74 hours t a.m.: 93 and Hfgh anil lo-.v same dale (aM yftar- 9? ar.d n. Sunrise lotJuy: lunset tonigtil! Sunrise lorn 3 Major Crime Categories Gain By BILL Reporter-News Staff Wrilcr Alurdcr, rape and mined rob- beries increased sharply in mid-year crime statistics from the Abilene Police Department, while a decrease in felony thefts brought the overall averages be- low 1973. However, a Jan. 1 change in felony theft statutes, placing value for felony classification from up lo probably accounts for most of the 58 per cenl decrease Ilic only drop in seven classifications. Murders rose threefold lo four through June of this year, as opposed lo only one by mid-year in 1973. Rape increased 33 per cenl Ihis year, with three more cases in 1974 than those reported in 1973. OVERALL FIGURES, howev- er, show a 6.5 per cent decrease in crimes compared to the first six months of 1973. Sgt. J. V. head of the Abilene Crime Prevention p r o g r a in, provided the statistics Wednes- day. Federal Rurea of Investigation figures released lasl week con- cerning nationwide crime fig- ures showed a 13 per cenl in- crease in crime during the first three months of this year, while Abilene showed a six per cenl drop during the first Ihrec months. Monthly drops of 57 per cenl, 20 per cent, 4S per cent and 28 per cent respectively were regis- tered for Hie first four months of 197-j, but a per cent jump during May, followed by an eight per cenl increase in June, kept the overall decrease lower than early indicators showed. "THERE ARK certain times during the year that we do expe- rience seasonal Sgt. Trammell noted. just fin- ished one of those periods, and the other' comes in November and December, coinciding wilh the Christmas season." Broken down into categories, Ihc new slatislics show thai felo- ny theft saw the (inly decrease, compared wilh lasl year, wilh 72 cases reported so far this year, as opposed lo 210 through June of 1973. Other figures show a 50 per cenl increase in armed robbery. up cases from last year's 15; and additional cases in ag- gravated assault, up 21 per cenl from last year's 22. Also, burglary showed an in- crease of per cenl, with 353 cases reported this year as op- posed lo 332 lasl year. The olher crime classification tabulated by the Police Department was auto thefl, which showed a slight in- crease of Ihrec per cent., Iwn cases this year more Ihan last year's 53. -IVE AUK VKRV fortunate here in Trammel! said, "in that we get good re- sponse from the public, and have good community relations. Wo are, however, continually trying lo convince all citizen's that they should report all crimes and suspicious activities to us." He observed lhal many people fcol insurance coverage will lake care of their losses, neg- lecting to call, police when thoy have been victimized. "Crime fighting is everyone's Trammell' said, "ffe can provide optimum protection if lite and properly only wilh the full cooperation of the public."