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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - August 13, 1980, Brownsville, Texas
Wednesday August 13, 1980-the Brownsville Herald Page 3across-eyed Texas sheriff is indicted for misconduct Haskell Texas a sheriff Garth Taylor Garrett who has capitalized on the fact that he is Cross eyed to win re election for 24 years has been indicted on charges of official misconduct tampering with a witness and aggravated perjury after four weeks of investigation a Haskell county grand jury returned the sealed indictment monday and it was opened tuesday. District judge Joe Williams released Garrett on a personal Bond following a closed hearing tuesday afternoon the 65-year-old sheriff was accompanied by his attorney Davis Scarbrough of Abilene. The grand jury said Garrett misappropriated county funds by purchasing $175.27 in gasoline with Haskell county Oil credit cards while on a personal trip on or about last May i in two other counts alleging official misconduct the grand jury said a county jail inmate did carpentry work at the sheriff s residence on March 24,1978 and said Garrett released an Arizona fugitive last May 5 de spite a request by Arizona officials that the prisoner be held for them. The sheriff is accused of deliberately making false statements to the grand jury in his denial of accusations that he had abused a witness the prisoner accused of doing carpentry work for Garrett two years ago was subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury but never appeared. The tampering charge against Garrett alleges he offered the Man firms rejecting audits to have taxes tripled Dallas a More than 1,000 Dallas businessmen who refused to comply with a special audit of their inventories Are being told the City plans to triple the assessments now on file the Dallas City Council ordered an audit after indications that business personal property valuations were far below their True Market value. But after City tax assessors began an audit of 2,500 firms they expressed Surprise at the differences they found some by millions of dollars. Lawrence Watson City tax department supervisor said the City decided to triple the 1979 valuations to ensure that the 1,125 Busi Nesses that refused to open their books to auditors a will get an increase in their a we Hope Well have it High enough where let us look at their books a Watson said. The businesses will have to Days to contest the tripled valuations but Watson said some probably will stay quiet because the tripled assessment will a still be too Many of the businesses increased their 1960 valuations As much As four or five times since 1979, but he said he feels tripling the figures for resisting firms is adequate. Letter were sent monday informing the uncooperative businesses of the tax departments actions Watson said. Shocked that inventories on the 1980 City tax Roll were so undervalued Watson said he asked the Texas legislature to give the countywide appraisal office Power to regularly investigate firms. Watson said the legislature needs to give the new countywide appraisal office Power to conduct regular audits instead of relying on the old a Honor system in which business owners have valued personal property in the past. A a it a next to impossible to perform our Job without the threat of an audit a he said. Road conditions improve Austin Texas up the state department of highways and Public transportation reports Road conditions improving in South Texas and most communities accessible by at least one route. The Highway department issued the following report late tuesday in Corpus Christi ferries Are operating to port Arkansas but Only card holders Are permitted onto Mustang Island. All major highways Clear. Secondary roads closed in the Corpus Christi area Are pm 2292 Between pm 407 and state Highway 44 pm 1694 Between pm 6755 and state Highway 44 pm 892 Between pet Ronila and Driscoll pm 70 Between pm 892 and Chapman ranch pm 43 Between Relief of Gas pain directions take once a week or whenever needed guaranteed Relief 1. Gives Relief from the pain of costly and wasteful Gas consumption by allowing readers to plan efficient shopping trips. Saves travelling distance Ond time. Permits comparison of ads and accumulation of Money saving coupons. Encourages the formation of Quot Pool shopping Quot with neighbors and friends. 2. Use of the Herald relieves Gas discomfort when planning social and recreational activities. Effects the efficient selection of restaurants movies Tours theatres and other places of entertainment. 3. Regular use of the Herald gives Relief from Quot gasoline frustration Quot and counteracts 4. Home delivery of Herald gives Gas Relief and eliminates special trips to Newsstands to Purchase the paper. Call circulation department 542-4301 ext.61-62 a it a Troto a ubom m the fourth of Joty l$92 cigarette Money and bus fare to another West Texas town if he would leave without testifying. Williams set Bond at $1,000 on each of the five counts in the indictment. Tuesday s hearing was in the county Law Library adjoining the District courtroom. Afterwards the judge and Garrett s attorney emerged but the sheriff locked himself in for More than two hours refusing to talk to newsmen. A the sent out one message that head be in there until Midnight if that s what it took that he did no to want to comment and did no to want his picture made a said Don comedy editor of the Haskell free press. Garrett sheriff of the West Texas county since 1961, beat two opponents without a Runoff in May. He has always promoted the fact that he is Cross eyed. His handle on his citizens band radio is a tangle Highway 286 and pm 665 Park roads 22 and 53 Are closed. In the Rio Grande Valley . 77 is closed Between Sarita and Raymondville but Large trucks Are permitted through at their own risk. U s. 281 is closed from Rachal to Edinburg Detour Over pm 755 to Rio Grande City and . 83 on into the Valley. Large trucks Are permitted through on . 281 at their own risk. 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