Abilene Reporter News (Newspaper) - September 12, 1970, Abilene, Texas
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Buses To Airstrip
So near, yet so far
A study in incongruity now graces the local scene at Ninth and Vine streets in downtown Cincinnati,
Ohio. The picture tells the story. (AP Wirephoto)
BROWNSVILLE, Tex. (AP) -Hurricane Kila appeared heading for the Tampico area of the Mexican Gulf Coast late Friday with winds of IOO miles per hour and tides up to 8 feet.
The eratic storm was expected to make landfall before midnight, about 50 to IOO miles south of this southernmost Texas city, the Weather Bureau said in its 5 p m. advisory.
Gale warnings and a hurricane watch were in effect north of Brownsville to Port Aransas with a hurricane watch continued on the rest of the Texas coast.
Tides of 5 to 8 feet were expected in the Brownsville-Port Isabel area with gale force winds as far north as Port Aransas early in the night. Tides up to 8 feet were expected in the Brownsville area as Kila moved inland along with heavy rains of 6 to 8 inches.
In the path of the storm are the Lower Rio Grande Valley’s rich citrus crops.
The Texas Gulf Coast still has not fully recovered from the battering of Hurricane Celia, which
hit the Corpus Christi area Aug. 3. Brownsville is 150 miles south of Corpus Christi.
Refugees clogged streets and highways as they fled from the storm area.
Rescue and relief teams rushed into the Lower Rio Grande Valley', where Brownsville and dozens of her Texas communities sit in a rich, semitropical agricultural region.
“Ifs been such a short time since Hurricane Celia it seems we just went home and had a good sleep and had to come back,” said an official at disaster headquarters in Austin, the state capital.
The National Guard was told to be ready to move when needed.
Weather observers estimated Ella’s winds at 90 miles per hour while she still was well at sea, with tides as high as eight feet above normal.
Kila first gained notice when she moved across a tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula Thursday, moving forward at a mere IO m.p.h. and with winds under
Comanche Escapee Nabbed in De Leon
hurricane force of 75 m.p.h.
The disturbance turned into a hurricane later Thursday and speeded its forward movement to 20 m.p.h. It slowed slightly Friday morning and its wind strength increased.
The decrease in Ella's forward movement caused the Weather Bureau to estimate arrival time several hours late rthan first predicted.
Many of the hurricane refugees went only a short distance —from low-lying Port Isabel and South Padre Island inland to Harlingen and Rio Grande City.
The Weather Bureau warned mobile home residents as far as 50 miles inland to seek safety.
Long lines of cam formed at gasoline stations, the vehicles filled with children, clothing and dogs.
Even those not leaving the area filled their gas tanks, for if electric power failed, gas station pumps would not function.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department put 18 boats on trailers ready to head for the Valley for rescue service. Two parks department planes were standing by.
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TV Scout 6A
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arab guerrillas sent 62 hijack victims to Cyprus and freedom Friday and moved 23 other hostage air travelers from desert captivity to hotels in Amman.
The fate of more than 240 remaining hostages, held under armed guard aboard three jetliners, was uncertain early Saturday.
In Beirut, Lebanon, the guerrillas’ Central Committee reported that buses left Amman late Friday for the jetliners, parked at a military airstrip 25 miles away, to pick up the hostages.
But there was no word from the scene that the operation of transferring the hostages from the planes to the buses had started.
Nor was there information on developments in a key issue of the drama—the guerrillas’ demand for freedom for Arab commandos jailed abroad.
The guerrillas want the release of seven guerrillas jailed in Britain, Switzerland and West Germany and the repatriation of all guerrilla prisoners in Israel, in exchange for the hostages. Israel has refused to negotiate and other governments have demanded the freedom of all the hijack victims, including Israeli nationals.
Terrible Experience/ Says Freed Hostage
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Sixty-two freed hijack hostages, mostly American women and children, arrived in Nicosia on Friday night with tales of a terror-filled existence under the guns of Palestinian guerrillas.
Their plane was hijacked last weekend and brought to a desert airstrip in Jordan. They were taken to Amman several days ago and flown to Cyprus on Friday by a Royal Jordanian plane.
Cyprus health authorities immediately checked the weary, bewildered arrivals for cholera vaccinations.
A teen-age American girl who did not give her name said, “It was a terrible experience, espe-
COMANC HE (BNS) - Billy Wayne Scott, 17, of De Leon, one of the two men who escaped from the Comanche County Jail early Thursday, was apprehended in De Leon at 10:15 a.m. Friday by the Comanche sheriff’s department.
A department spokesman said Scott did not resist arrest and was alone. The other escapee, Stephen Otho Sanders, 23, of Gorman, was still at large.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s office said late Friday night that Comanche authorities had requested a watch for Sanders in this area. However, Abilene Police Capt. Edwin L. O’Dell said the only evidence local authorities have that Sanders may be here is that the stolon car the men used in their escape was found on a gravel road off State 36 near Abilene.
The Comanche spokesman said Scott apparently used a steel bar to knock off a window lock in his cell. He then climbed through a six-inch space between the ceiling and the window to the next floor, where he found keys to open Sanders* cell.
Scott told sheriff’s deputies the men picked up a woman in Comanche and drove toward Abilene in a stolen car. When the car broke down, Sanders left walking toward Abilene. Scott and the woman hitchhiked back to Comanche.
Sanders was being held for auto theft, and Scott had been jailed as a delinquent after breaking his parole from Gatesville School for Boys. Scott had a previous escape from the county jail on his record.
Ranger Voters Will Decide Again on Proposed Hospital
RANGER (RNS) — Citizens of Ranger will hold a special election Saturday concerning the proposed Ranger Hospital.
Voting will be held at the Ranger Recreation Building between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Judge will be Don Adams with Mrs. Iris Hummell as alternate judge.
An election was held May 24, 1%9, and voters approved the hospital district by a two-to-one majority. The election was contested and was thrown out by the court because of a recent Supreme Court ruling concerning eligibility of voters in such elections.
The proposed hospital will cost about $900,000.
Citizens also will be voting on a $150,(KM) bond issue to help pay for the hospital.
Local citizens hare already raised over $125,000 in pledges and money towards the hospital and have received a promise of a $450,000 grant from the Federal Government if the election carries. The City of Ranger lias also applied for a $425,000 grant from Hill-Burton, federal agency.
Also on the ballot will be the election of seven members of the hospital board of directors.
dally the hijacking itself.”
“There was panic on plane.
“They wouldn’t let us go to
the bathroom and there was no food.”
“It was terrible landing at the desert airstrip. Some women fainted. On the plane there was no air and toilets wouldn’t flush. We couldn’t move very much and people were very tense and couldn’t sleep.
“Commandos were walking up and down with guns.
“In Amman it was very frightening.
“There was a lot of shooting and shelling and we were lying on the floor and corridors
Fourteen-year-old Jo Sykes from Vermont proudly showed cameramen a couple of bullets which he said he dug out of the walls of the sixth-floor room of his hotel in Amman.
An elderly Jewish woman who refused to give her name said, “I am glad that everything is all over, but it was a terrible experience.
“In Amman they were very nice. We had to deal with the government, not commandos.”
American Ambassador David Popper and embassy staff were at the airport to help the released hostages.
The passengers looked disheveled as they disembarked from a Jordanian airlines Caravelle which was chartered by the International Red Cross. They carried few belongings.
One Red Cross official said: “Even now, though clear of Jordan, they are nervous in case the long arm of the guerrillas can still reach them,”
Computer 'Taxes' Councilmen
By JIM CONLEY Reporter-News Staff Writer
At first it looked rather bad — city councilman owing the city ack taxes? A city department Bad, too? And finally, the tayor himself?
“Impossible,” said t h e Duncilman. And as it turned ut, the list was wrong. The arnes had been changed...In tis case protecting the guilty, [though unintentionally.
What happened was that the bilene City Council recently as going over a routine
approval of deletions from several tax rolls. The lists were of taxes which had been determined uncollectable due to such circumstances as being unable to locate the person.
And the reason the city officials were on the list, along with a host of other prominent Abilenians, was because the city’s computer was incorrectly programmed. It selected one name above the name on the list which should have been selected from the city tax rolls.
“Everything else on the list was correct,” said Fred Smith, data processing director, “including the account numbers, the amount of money owed, the type of tax owed and reason for the deletion.”
Smith explained that the city did not go by the names but by the account numbers, and that the names had been added to the list only to aid the councilmen or whoever had reason to see the list.
So, except for the momentary confusion and disbelief, no harm
was done. In fact, laughter often filled the room.
The first to find his name was Councilman Joel Appleton.
“Hey, my name’s on here,” he said, within range of the television camera and microphone as a film of the meeting was being made for viewing later in the day.
“I’ve got my canceled check to prove it,” Appleton said, adding, “at least my wife was supposed to have paid It.’*
While others searched for and
found names of friends, Appleton whispered to a reporter, “Pssst. Bob’s name is on bere too.” (Bob Armistead, assistant city editor of The Reporter-
News and former city hall reporter).
Reading the code number for why his tax could not be collected, Appleton shook his head. “Unable to locate” was the apparent reason.
“Some of my neighbors are on
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The commandos have threatened to blow' up the planes if their demands ar mot met by 9 p.m. CDT Saturday.
Although exact figures have not been available, more than 400 international airline passengers became hostages when Swiss and American planes were hijacked Sunday and a British jet was seized Wednes
day. Of these, 171 were permitted to leave the planes and go to Amman where 62 were freed Friday to leave that country.
Some 200 of the hostages have spent five sweltering days aboard the cramped airliners despite appeals by the Intema-
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Watson Extradition Fight Finally Ends
McKinney, Tex. (AP) -Charles “Tex” Watson, defeated in his fight against extradition, left for California Friday to face trial for his alleged part in the Sharon Tate slayings.
He came out of McKinney’s 92-year-old sandstone jail which has been his home since last December, within minutes of the arrival of two Los Angeles detectives who came for him.
A crowd of townspeople saw him emerge from the building and stand, a detective at each elbow, on the jail steps to face news cameras.
He looked very different from when he was a member of the California hippie clan. His hair had a conservative short cut without sideburns. His clothes were neat—gray striped slacks, a striped blue shirt with a maroon tie, and a double-breasted blue blazer.
Watson said not a word as he was hurried into a waiting Highway Patrol car and driven away to Love Field, Dallas, on the first stage of his journey west.
“It is the end of the extradition fight,” said his lawyer, Bill Boyd. ‘‘There’s nothing more we can do. The Supreme Court has the final say.”
Boyd said when he broke the news to Watson, the 24-year-old former high school athlete “showed very little emotion.” “He showed a great deal of detachment, as he has all along,” Boyd said.
CHARLES ‘TEX’ WATSON . . . detached, as always
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCI ESSA WEATHER BUREAU (Weather Mop, Pq. I D)
ABILENE and vicinity (40-mtla radius) — Partly cloudy Saturday through Sunday. Turning cooler on Sunday with chance for scattered showers Sunday afternoon. High Saturday in the tow 90's. Low Saturday night 70. High Sunday in the low 80s. Probability of rain Sunday 30 per cent. Southerly winds IO to 20 mph becoming northerly en Sunday.
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High and low for 24-hours p rn : 92 and 62.
High and low same date last year: Ut and 64.
Sunset last night: 7:51 pm.) sunrise today: 7:20 a.m.; sunset tonight: 7:49
Barometer reading at 9 p.m.: 28.11. Humidity at 9 p.m.: 51 per cent.
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T.hct time again
Fourth down — inches to go for a first down —- and about the same distance to the goal line: The situation was a typical one Friday night as high school football season again opened for Big Country fans. This particular scene was in the Abilene High-Trinity game. Trinity scored on this situation, but AHS won the game, 23-12. (Staff Photo by Don Blakiey)