Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - October 3, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Carroll Going Back to Prison
RESCUE WORKERS CARRY VICTIM FROM COLORADO CRASH SITE plane earning Wichita State football team burns in background
Crash Devastates Football
SILVER PLUM, Colo. (AP) — A plane carrying some members of the Wichita State University football team, athletic staff and team boosters crashed Friday in rugged mountain country near the Continental Divide. Thirty-one persons, including 13 football players, were believed killed.
Eleven persons, nine of them football players, a pilot and the team trainer, were known to have survived. The Colorado State Patrol said it was informed there were 42 persons aboard, including a crew of four, when the twin-engine plane crashed and burned.
The survivors were taken by ambulance and Army helicopter to hospitals in Denver, about 55 miles east of where the plane went down near the eastern base of 11,992-foot Loveland Pass, a main route across (he Continental Divide.
A second plane carrying 23 other players and the rest of the staff and boosters landed safely
in liOgan, Utah, where Wichita State was to play Utah State on Saturday. The game was canceled.
The plane that crashed carried the first and second teams.
“Ifs a tradition that the boys who win the starting positions and compose the second team always ride with the head coach,” said Fred Conti, one of the assistant coaches.
Assistant Coach Chuck Ramsey informed those aboard the second plane of the crash at the Logan Airport. Sedatives were administered to many players at their hotel and they planned to go to church later.
“It all happened so fast I didn’t really think about it until we got out,” said Glenn Kostal, a 20-year-old linebacker from Chicago who survived the crash. Kostal’s mother said her son called her soon after the crash and said: “Mom, I'm alive. Ifs a miracle. My buddies are all dead.”
Mike Bruce, 21, of Sherman,
13 Under Age 21
Apply for Voting
Thirteen 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds are among the almost 500 county residents who have turned in voter registration applications already, according to Taylor County Tax Assessor-Collector Burl King.
The applicants below age 21 may or may not get to vote, depending on the Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the 1970 Voting Rights Law.
Wednesday afternoon 29,716 applications were mailed out. Most of the 500 returned by Friday had been by mail.
Honors for being the first 18-year-old to register went to Mrs. John D. Bowles of 2302 Amarillo, whose father, Billy D. Copeland, signed up for her Thursday.
There were nine other applications from 18, 19, and 20-year-olds turned in the first day.
The applicants included Robert E. Knox Jr., 18, of 1517 N. 17th; Clyde H. Byrd, 19, of Tye; Clark E. Lawrence, 18, of 4348 S. 20th, Marilyn K. Browning, 18, of Tuscola; Robbie L. Snell, 20, of 2642 S. 22nd; Mrs. Diana J. May, 18, of 1713 Rosewood; Michael L. McCaleb, 19, of 2049 Brentwood; Susan Russell, 18, of 2610 S. 41st; and Paul D. Reed, 17, of Merkel.
Reed will be 18 on Jan. 28, three days before the Jan. 31 deadline for applying for a 1971 voter registration certificate.
If a youth is going to turn 18 during 1971, he must register prior to Jan. 31, but then cannot vote until he actually becomes 18, King said.
King’s office is accepting the applications from the 18, 19, and 20-year-olds, but is waiting on a Supreme Court decision before mailing out these certificates.
He emphasized that the computerized cards received in the mail this week are not certificates, but are applications for certificates.
“They must be signed, dated, and returned to me by Jan. 31 if the person expects to vote in 1971.” he said. “Of course, we hope that everyone won’t wait until January to send them in.” If the 18-year-old vote is approved, King is forecasting a record 35,000 registered voters in Taylor County in 1971.
In Howard County four hopeful voters below 21 have returned registration applications.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ESSA WEATHER BUREU (WeaHitr Map Pg. 70)
ABILENE AND VICINITY (40-mile radius) — Clear to partly cloudy Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. High both day* 85. Low Saturday night 65.
TEMPERATURES Frl. a.m. Frl. p.m.
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63 ............. 2:00 83
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p.m.: 85 and 59.
High and low tame date last year: 91 end 65.
Sunset last night: 7:23; aunrlsa today: 7:34; sunset tonight; 7:21.
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.15. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 57 per cent.
Tex., another survivor said from his hospital bed in Denver: “Everyone was looking at the mountains. We kept getting closer and closer. We were enjoying ourselves—laughing. The plane took a dip ... or something. Next thing, the plane ended up in the trees.”
Sheriff Harold Brumbaugh of Clear Creek County said the plane crashed in timber just off U S. 6, a heavily traveled winter route to Colorado ski country. He said the plane burned in the Dry Gulch Creek area, about eight miles west of this old mining town.
It was near the Loveland Basin ski area and the construction site for the Straight Creek Tunnel.
Among those not accounted for were the head football coach, Ben Wilson, and his wife; Athletic Director A. C. “Bert” Katzenmeyer and his wife; Associated Athletic Director Lloyd Farmer; Kansas State Rep. and Mrs. Ray King, and Wichita banker John Grooms and his wife.
Dr. Clark Ahlberg, president of the university, said in Wichita. Kan., the survivors included John Taylor, Sherman, Tex.; Dave Lewis, Duncan, Okla.; Glenn Kostal, Chicago; John Heheisel, Garden Plain, Kan.; Randy Jackson, Atlanta, Tex.; Bob Renner, Garden Plain,
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Kan.; Mike Bruce, Sherman, Tex.; and Rich Stephens, Andover, Kan., all members of the team.
St. Anthony’s Hospital in Denver identified another player as Frank Morrison of Hawkins, Tex. Lutheran Hospital in Denver said other survivors were Ronald Skipper, 34, Oklahoma City, a copilot, and president of Golden Eagle Aviation, and Tom Reeves, a Wichita State trainer. Their conditions ranged from fair to critical, mostly from burns.
“This is a sad, tragic day in the history of Wichita State Uni-
By BRENDA GREENE Reporter-News Staff Writer
Burlee Carroll, 54, who has been in prison for the past 22 years for the butcher-knife slaying of his wife, learned Friday that he will return to prison.
The action came when Federal Dist. Judge Leo Brewster ruled that Carroll was mentally competent to stand trial for the 1948 slaying of his wife in an Abilene federal court hearing.
Both state and federal courts had denied Carroll’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus on the claim that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial 2*2 years ago, but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed the decision, saying, “some sort of relief, a psychiatric examination is needed.” Carroll’s attorney, Chuck Erwin of Abilene, indicated following the judge’s decision Friday afternoon, that Carroll would appeal the decision in the Fifth Circuit Court.
versity,” said Ahlberg, who kept a telephone line open to St. Anthony’s Hospital to keep track of condition reports.
Others aboard the plane and unaccounted for included these players: Randy Kiesaw, Clinton, Okla.; Don Christian, Duncan, Okla.; Ron Johnson, Kansas City, Mo.; Carl Krueger, Chicago.
Jack Vetter, McPherson, Kan.; Steve Moore, Derby, Kan.; Marvin Brown, Solomon, Kan.; Tom Owen, Temple Terrace, Fla.; John Duren, Oklaho-
See CRASH, VR. 3-A
BURLEE CARROLL . . . strikes officers
He also said that if the appellate court upheld the decision, Carroll would return to prison, subject to review by the parole board.
If the higher court reverses the decision, Carroll could possibly be eligible for retrial, Erwin said.
Carroll sat quietly in the courtroom throughout the hearing, but earlier in the day had become violent when county officers attempted to transfer him from Taylor County Jail, and he struck two officers with an iron pipe he had torn from his cell.
Carroll struck Sheriff George Maxwell and Chief Jailer Jim Broussard on the head, but apparently their injuries were slight.
He became violent about 8:30 arn. Friday when Maxwell entered the “drunk tank” in the basement to take Carroll out.
During the noon recess, Maxwell said he had been placed in the “tank” Thursday morning for violent behavior earlier this week.
“Twice I had to talk him out of some slivers of glass he had obtained by breaking windows
Highlight of homecoming activities at Albany Friday night was the dedication of the high school football stadium in the name of Fandangle producer Robert E. Nail. Taking a look at the bronze memorial plaque on the stadium’s Memorial Archway are ex-student Joe A. Clarke and Ex-Students Association President Mrs. Helen Lieb. (Staff Photo by Gary Krino)
Albany Dedicates Robert Nail Stadium
By GARY KRINO Reporter-News Staff Writer
ALBANY — Albany’s Robert E. Nail, most well-known for his Fort Griffin Fandangle productions, was memorialized Friday night when the Albany High School football stadium was dedicated in his honor.
Joe A. Clarke, Albany exstudent and retired Fort Worth bank official, told about IOO gathered at the stadium for the ceremonies that Nail was being honored “not for any one of his outstanding traits, but for all that he was.”
A bronze plaque purchased by the Ex-Students Association and mounted on the stadium’s Memorial Archway calls Nail a “scholar, humanitarian, playwright.”
However, Clarke said Nail’s greatest asset was his ability “to lead and inspire others to do not merely their very best, but beyond that.”
It is very fitting that the bronze memorial plaque should be on the arch that overlooks the arena (Albany football stadium) where once hundreds gathered with flags, trappings, cattle, wagons, music, song and spirit to celebrate the saga of the Old West, Clarke said.
“While the scene has shifted,” he continued, “those who remember the Fandangle in this arena have a lifelong memory to cherish.”
After the plaque was unveiled by Clarke, Donnie Chambers, president of the Albany High
School class of 1969, presented Ex-Students Association President Mrs. Helen Lieb with a check to be used by the association in Nail’s memory.
The dedication was a part of Albany Homecoming festivities, which will continue Saturday.
Nail died in 1968 following a heart attack.
and two bricks,” Maxwell said.
An attempt to force Carroll out of the cell by spraying chemical Mace was futile and “finally we just opened the door and went in after him,” Maxwell said.
With the help of a number of deputies and trusties, including \ ernon Tyler, Maxwell and Broussard managed to control Carroll when he apparently tripped over a bed in the cell.
Clad only in green fatigue pants and worn socks, Carroll was brought to the Federal Building about 9:45 a.m. and waited in the car until about 19:15 a m. while Judge Brewster, Maxwell and Envin discussed whether to proceed with the hearing as scheduled.
About IO.20 a.m. Judge Brewster came out to the car and talked to Carroll for a few minutes. The judge asked him if he recognized him, and Carroll
See RULING, Pg. 3-A
Ranger Bond Refunding Given Okay
Federal District Judge Leo Brewster Friday approved the City of Ranger’s bid to re-issu< $435,300 in bonds, which wen originally issued back in th< 1920s during the town's oil boom
City officials had been working on a plan for two years when it became apparent Ranger would not be able to pay off the remaining debt obligation when the bonds became due last March I.
The plan, devised with the help of financial advisers from Dallas, was filed in federal court here two weeks ago.
The refunding plan, approved by the federal judge, calls for the bond payments to be made over a period of 25 years, starting in 1971 and ending in 1996, Bonds are to be retired serially, meaning that a certain amount will be retired each year until the bondholders are paid off.
Jack Morris of Dallas, a municipal financial adviser, said during the hearing that, in his opinion, the plan of composition (plan for refunding) was fair and in the best interest of both the bond holders and the city.
He said he had studied Ranger’s financial situation for several years and that there had been a change in the city’s financial picture within the last two years.
“I can’t see why the city couldn’t pay both principal and interest and still have enough money to operate efficiently,” he said.
The old bonds which had a graduated interest scale — per cent when first issued in 1920s to 4 per cent — would be rehanged for the new bonds wtth a graduated interest scale of 6M» per cent to 7 per cent within the 25 year period, Morns said.
Glyn Gilliam, president of Ranger’s First State Bank and financial commissioner for the City of Ranger, told the court, that based on 90 per cent collection each year, the city could produce $37,785 annually toward retirement of the bonds, compared to the $36,595 average annual requirement. He also said the maximum annual
See RANGER, Pg. 3-A
Suit Filed in Cycle Death
The widow of a young Michigan man who was killed when hit by a pickup west of Cisco Sept. 18 Friday filed a $170,000 suit against an Abilene man in U.S. District Court here.
Evelyn M. Kennedy, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., widow of James C. Kennedy, filed the suit against O. Volney Farnsworth, 2850 S. 5th.
Mrs. Kennedy asked $70,000 for pecuniary damages to herself, and another $100,000 for
damages to her minor son, James M. Kennedy.
The suit grew out of an incident 5.9 miles west of Cisco on Interstate 20.
Kennedy, 20, and Rickie Gene Woods, 18, also of Dearborn Heights, were struck by a pickup driven by Farnsworth while, lawmen said, they were on the shoulder of the highway near their parked motorcycle. Woods also was killed.
Davis Scarborough of Abilene filed the suit
as attorney for the plaintiffs.
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