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Vol. 92 - No. 184
20 Pages — 2 Sections
Mattox rejects requests to resign
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox invited news reporters to a press conference today, two days after he was indicted by a Travis County grand jury, accused of threatening a law firm.
Mattox said Wednesday was “business as usual" for him, and he brushed aside a suggestion by state Republican Party Chairman George Strake that he should remove himself from office pending his trial.
"That's what you would think of a fellow who's speaking for oil companies," Mattox said Wednesday. "I’m not worried about it."
Mattox was charged Tuesday with threatening to block government bond packages handled by the Fulbright & Jaworski law firm of Houston.
The felony indictment, the first against a Texas attorney general while in office, says Mattox made the threat in hopes of getting a lawyer for the prestigious firm to stop trying to get a deposition from Mattox’s sister in a $1.67 billion lawsuit with Mobil Oil Corp.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Times Herald reported today that Mattox might announce that he has hired Austin lawyer Roy Q. Minton, a
veteran of some of Texas' most publicized cases.
Minton refused to confirm or deny the report, saying "there might be an announcement in the next IS hours."
Mattox and Mobil are on opposing sides in the suit, and Mattox has accused Mobil of "leaking" adverse news tips to the press in an effort to discredit him.
In New York, Mobil issued a statement denying it had anything whatsoever to do with the criminal action against Mattox.
"For anyone to try to cast Mobil in the role of attempting to intimidate Mr. Mattox because of the state’s participation in the civil case is simply wrong," Mobil spokesman John Flint said.
A pre-trial hearing in the criminal case against Mattox was sci for Sept. 22 before District Judge Mace Thurman. Bob Jones, Mattox's personal lawyer, said he had not yet decided whether to press for a quick trial.
"They (the district attorney’s office) have been doing the investigation, and we have not had the
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McKenna board fires McNeal
TOM McNeal .out at McKenna
By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
McKenna Memorial Hospital Administrator Tom McNeal was fired Wednesday afternoon after a meeting of the hospital’s board of directors.
"The dismissal was brought about by personnel problems within the hospital" said a release issued by the board following the meeting.
Board Chairman Elliot Knox will act as chief executive officer for the hospital until a new administrator is named — a process Knox said today could take two or three months
Knox said the executive committee of the board — Knox, Doyle Krueger, Melvin Joe hee and medical chief of staff Dr. Dennis Ray — will likely serve as the search committee for an administrator. Knox will also be taking McNeal's place at a hearing set for Nov. IO by the Texas Health Facilities Commission for a certificate of need for the addition of a fourth floor to the hospital expansion project.
Board member and hospital attorney J.C. Reagan said the board would be making no further comment on the circumstances surrounding McNeal's dismissal. "It’s always extremely difficult to do anything Uke this, especially when it's somebody you like," Reagan said.
Adding that McNeal did an excellent job as administrator, Reagan said McNeal's leaving should
"have no affect on" the operations of the hospital or the more than $10 million expansion program. We are lucky to have department heads who are extremely outstanding "
Knox echoed that statement, saying that the hospital has "the finest staff — the hospital practically runs itself However, McNeal in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon said that his firing was because of “a personal relationship" with a female employee at the hospital "I was told they 1 the board > elected to fire me for poor judgment 1 regarding the relationship j," he said. McNeal said the board had also accused him of allegedly trying to fire the employee
“But I didn t try to fire her," said McNeal.
McNeal, who has worked rn hospitals in Iowa, South Dakota and Texas, added. “I’m hurt because that hospital needs Tom McNeal ” He said "a group of people" apparently feels the employee is more valuable to the hospital, however The employee declined comment when contacted this morning
McNeal was named administrator in March 1961, replacing John Svoboda who resigned in December 1960. A retired air force office, McNeal had served as chief executive and administrator of Methodist Hospital in Mitchell, S D., for four years before accepting the position at McKenna
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Comal County skies will ba partly cloudy through Friday. Winds will ba from tha oaat atilt mph today, shifting to the taal will be at 7:31 p.m., and will ba at 7 ill am.
The American ship Ubarty took a ear Australia ll in tha bast-of Cup yachting aeries off the coati of Rhode Maud Tuesday, and the aeries continue! today. Sparta,
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Burglars hit 10 houses in lake area
The Comal County Sheriffs Office is working with Bexar County officials in solving a recent spree of Canyon Lake area residential burglaries, all in broad daylight.
Ll. Gilbert Villarreal said Wednesday that five burglaries were reported last Monday, and at least five more over the Labor Day weekend.
"All these break-ins had the same M.O. (method of operation)," Villarreal said. Entry was gained in each case by "a good-sized subject kicking in the front door. We know he’s pretty good-sized, because af the imprint his foot leaves on the door," he added
Canyon Lake subdivisions hit so far include the J.D. Ranch subdivision, Triple Peaks, Village West, the Woodlands, and a house on John Knox Road.
"Bexar County has had burglaries with a similar pattern near its county line along U S. Highway 211. That’s why we’re working the leads we have together," Villarreal said.
"These guys appear to be looking for mainly weapons, small appliances like television sets and stereos, and electronic game cartridges,’’ he said. In several break-ins, nothing has been reported missing, but "they usually ransack the homes pretty good," Villarreal added.
The break-ins are all thought to have occurred in broad daylight. "The earliest someone came home and reported a burglary was 2 p.m., and the latest was 4 pm.,” Villarreal indicated. “So we’re thinking these are I (am.) to 3(pm.) burglaries."
Construction continues on the new Garden Ridge Pottery store next to the charred remains of the original building, which was destroyed by fire Sept 1. The building was already under construction when
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the fire broke out in the back of the original store A cigarette is suspected as the cause of the million dollar blaze
Edwards tax rate unchanged; Hass touts surface water
By DVANNE FRY Staff writer
lf Cockal County board member Oliver Haas gets his way, the Edwards Underground Water District will have an extra $1J million to put into the surface water development fund next fiscal yar.
Eight other board members voted with Haas on Tuaaday whoa he proposed leaving the EUWD’s property tex rate at 1.7 cants par $166 valuation, oven though amaaoad values want up drastically in Baser County this year.
With only three directors voting tha athar way, the mattes carried, and a tex-incraeae hearing hasbeen •it for I pm. Soft a in tho Institute of Texan Cultures.
Haas anid Bexar County rod dont! would bo tho only anas pay!* substantially higher texas in nail, lf lh* 1.7-cont rate goto late affect Tho Bexar County Appraisal District Inst gall grope
I propertias at teir market valet, under tho prwvtetean of tie Wit Roseto Bill.
Central appraisal districts in the other four Edwards counties < Comal, Hays, Medina and Uvalde) did that work last year, and property owners there have already suffered the shock of the adjusted values.
The Edwards board lowered the tai rate from 2 cents to 1.7 cento rn 1962-63, in partial compensation for the re-apprsisal "That gave us a little more money, which wont into a surface water development fund."
Now that proparly valuta have been reset in the district's mast populous county, tho EUWD could drop tho tex rate to BJ coots per UM and still cover the IM million budget appcnvsrt Tuesday, lf that was done, Btxar County rep dents would pay slightly higher texas, and rotedants of tha other four comites would actually ba paying laos.
Haas argued that it made more sonae to las vs the rate at 1.7 coma and put the extra money into the surface water fund. "I and those who voted with me
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Begin sends resignation to Israeli president
JERUSALEM I APi - Prune Minister Menschen! Begin, reported to be unwell and in seclusion, today amt bu resignation to President Chaim Herzog through an envoy. ending growing uncertainty about who was running the country Begin remained secluded in his Jerusalem residence while Cabinet Secretary Dan Mender presented the letter of resignation to Herxog, ending Begin s su years rn power
Begin, who announced his intention to step down 17 days ago, stayed at home nursing what bu qwkesman Uh Porat callid a "skin sensitivity.**
The dailies YedioCh Ahronoth and Maanv had reported today that Begin was suffering from a skin ailment which obliged him to alop moving
Begin, who has always been meticulous about bu appearance, apparently departed from the tradition of personally tendering his resignation, rather than appear unshaven to public.
But a respected newspaper, Haaretz. said in its editions today that Begin, secluded in tea official residence for eight days, doesn’t shave, barely eats and hoe Mopped caring about his health.
Bagto’s rategnshiwi came after reports that he was depressed by tile death of his wife Alisa in November and the protracted involvement of Israeli (erose in 1-**^*“-* Perntetent feuding in the Cabinet and disagreement over Israel's growing economic problems were ateo laid to
Bee BEGIN, Page IBABoy, mother win malpractice suit against hospital
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Mark Moseley was eight years old when he checked into McKenna Memorial Hospital for a hernia operation on Oct. IO, 1960 In US. District Court Monday, he won a malpractice suit against McKenna for a total
cash settlement of $367,300. However, officials Indicate that Mostly could receive as much as $2 million in his lifetime through an annuity .
The boy's mother, Virginia Ring, filed the lawsuit against McKenna in 1962. She claimed a hospital nurse was negligent rn the method used to inject a sedative into her son's hip, and that bar son had suffered permanent damage
to nerves in his left leg.
Attorneys for Moseley told Judge Fred Shannon that the boy has difficulty sitting and standing, and will require medical attention and physical therapy for the rest of his life.
David Davis, representing McKenna, said the $387,500 settlement was not awarded at <mce to Moseley "The money will be paid into
the registry of the court, but will be broken down like this: $160,000 will go toward buying an annuity for Mark. $25,000 will buy a certificate of deposit for Mark His attorneys, Branton and Mendelsohn, received $155,000 for legal fees, pius $2,500 for additional costs," Davis detailed.
"That left $27,500, which goes to Mark s
mother, and from that, she was instructed to pay any unpaid medical expenses or additional costs"
Jim Branton with the Branton and Mendelsohn law firm said that Mark Moseley, "the greatest field goal kicker of all time," is the boy's uncle. Moseley is the placekicker for the Washington Redskins.