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Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - October 14, 1999, Port Arthur, Texas Thursday october 14,1999 mss sowl a spin Jbf. Vu\2ef Fri a i a mangle port Arthur news 1bpage testimony Rains emotion in civil suit by Brian Cox Orange county Bureau Orange a testimony in the Steve Page civil suit this week in the 163rd District court was filled with emotion. Even after eight years have passed since her death relatives of Kathy Fulton Page say they wont have any peace until her murderer is brought to Justice. Despite the fact Steve Page was never charged in the killing of Kathy Page several of her family members testified they believed Steve killed Kathy. Steve Page is being sued by Vidor a James and Dorothy Fulton for the death of Kathy Page their daughter. Louis Dugas attorney for the Fulton began by Reading a copy of Kathy pages autopsy report to the jury. The report showed Kathy Page was wearing a Blue Blouse White sneakers and White pants when her body was discovered in her car on the morning of May 14, 1991. A the report stated there was no blood on the clothing even though there was blood on her hair. In the report the Coroner reported he discovered blood under her clothing on her Bra underwear and across other parts of her body. The blood under her clothing was indicative of someone who was killed and then dressed. The autopsy also revealed pages nose had been broken and bruises on and around her Throat revealed she had been strangled probably by a left handed assailant. Det. Sgt. Ray Moseley of the Vidor police department testified officers discovered the body of Kathy Page in her car in a ditch about too Yards from her House on Green Avenue. She was wearing the same clothing listed in the autopsy report but was not wearing any makeup or jewelry. The car was in the ditch at a 45-degree Angle but he said the body was leaning Back against the Drivers seat. That have been consistent with the Impact so Moseley said it indicated she had been placed in the car. Moseley said he and another officer approached the House on Green Avenue. He said Steve Page opened the door and told them a my wife is not Here. Is this about her a Dugas asked Moseley if he had mentioned anything to Steve about Kathy. He said he did not. Dugas also made it a Point to ask Moseley whether Steve cried or wanted to go see the body of his wife which was just up the Street. Steve did neither Moseley said. Moseley testified that during the course of the investigation he discovered Kathy Page had met a Man named Tom in Beaumont at a Motel. Steve Page took the stand and said at the time of the murder he had been living in an apartment near the House on Green Avenue. A Kathy and i were separated a he said. Page testified that at the time of the separation the couple had two daughters. Erin was la years old and Monica was 6 years old. Page testified he had spent sunday May 12, mothers Day with Kathy and the children. They came Back to the House from the Beach cooked shrimp and he left. The next Day monday May 13, Page said he and Kathy shuffled their children to and from baseball games. Steve said he dropped his daughter off at the House on Green Avenue returned to his apartment at about 10 15 . And received a Call from Kathy asking him to return and watch the children. A she was going out with her Friend Charlotte Swearingen a he said. Page said he got to the House about 10 30 . And found his wife in a Towel. She had just gotten out of the Shower and he said they had sexual Intercourse. Page said after the Intercourse Kathy left for the evening. He said he woke up before 6 . And Kathy Wasny to Home. Page testified be called Charlotte who told him Kathy had left for Home about 3 . Steve also told jurors he was right handed although that was called into question later in the trial. Dorothy Fulton Kathy smother was emotional As she was called to testify. She testified that on the tuesday morning of May 14, 1991, Steve called a Little before 6 . To Tell them Kathy had an Accident. When she got there she said she noticed that Steve was doing laundry that Early in the morning. She also testified he kept wiping his hands on a Wash cloth. Upon Cross examination by Joe Alford pages attorney Fulton said she believed the washing of the clothes and the wiping of the hands was indicative of guilt. She thought maybe he was washing blood soaked clothes although she admitted she never saw what was in the laundry. Fulton also told jurors that Page told her wednesday the Day after the murder he spilled fish grease on the floor in his House. The Issue of the laundry and the Issue of the grease became the main Points emphasized by Dugas in later testimony by other family members. Jan Kelly another of Kathy a Sisters testifies that she too had heard a Washer running Early on the morning of May 14. She also testified she saw Steve Page taking clothes out of the dryer. Sherry Valentine Kathy a sister testified that she went to Steve in the House on Green Avenue on wednesday the Day after the murder. She said the odor was so Strong coming from inside she asked him what was going on. Steve she said told her he spilled some grease and was shampooing the carpet. Valentine also testified she had seen Steve be abusive to Kathy in the past. Alford Stevens attorney attacked Valentines testimony. A you hate Steve Page so much you a say anything you a he asked her. She replied no. A then Why did no to you testify about his Steve grabbing her in the previous two trials a Alford asked. A i just had so Many thing on my mind that i wanted to say a she said. Dugas brought in Vidor resident Randy Anders to testify on the Issue of whether Steve Page is right or left handed. Anders testified that several years ago he and his wife rented property from Page. Anders said he saw Page sign an agreement with his left hand. Triangle at a glance a Kina Man Hill entertain kids Fina Man from Fina Oil and chemical co. Will be on hand to entertain students at Sam Houston elementary school for its annual Koa Laty kids Kickoff at 1 30 . Friday oct. 15. Fina in its seventh year As Koa Laty kids sponsor at Sam Houston will have on display the prizes students will be Able to earn this year through the Reading enrichment and self esteem program. Students will receive gift bags and treats said assistant principal Phil Savarino. A musical extravaganza is also planned. Koa Laty kids a program which enc our fund raisers Ages children to read at or above their Reading Levels is in place at eight port Arthur elementary campuses. Students earn Points for the number of books they read and the level of difficulty of each Book read. Students earn prizes based on the number of Points they receive. They also receive special recognition at awards programs throughout the school year. Sfa via seeks memories the Stephen f. Austin Middle High school Pat is updating its history Book. Former students and graduates who have any facts pictures or fond memories May submit their information for publication. The Pat is also looking for newspaper clippings or other Memorabilia. A the last Book written went up to the year 1989. In Light of the year 2000, we feel it is time to update austins history a said Pat president Paula Leblanc. Submission deadline is dec. 15. Information should be mailed to Paula Leblanc 2700 64th St., port Arthur to 77640 or delivered to the school office. Leblanc will also pick up data if graduates will Call her at 736-1725 Home or 983-8335 work. Fourth degree knights of Peter Claver will sell dinners thursday from la . To 2 . At 1101 Grannis ave. Menu brisket or baked Chicken Rice and Gravy Green Beans potato salad bread and cake. Price $5 each. The knights will deliver orders of two or More. Info 983-9446. St. Mary Catholic Church 545 Savannah ave., will sell Fried Chicken dinners Friday from to . To 2 . At the Parish Hall of the Church. Menu Fried Chicken Pinto Beans and Rice potato salad com bread and cake. Price $5. The Church will deliver orders of four or More. Info 983-9731. The Bridge City Park committee will hold a hamburger link Sale to raise Money for a Pavilion at City Park. The Sale will be saturday from to . To 2 . In the parking lot of Wal Mart 795 Texas ave. In Bridge City. For More information Call 735-7118. Texas artists museum 3501 cultural Center drive will sell Gumbo dinners from 4 to 7 . Saturday. Dine in or take out service is available. Proceeds from the Sale will go toward children a programs and operational expenses. Menu shrimp Chicken or Chicken sausage Gumbo Rice potato salad and Tea. Price $5 each. Tickets can be purchased from any Tams Board member. Tams is also Selling cakes to be ordered nov. 22 and delivered dec. 6 through dec. To. Cakes Are $14 each and australian Apricot cake Texas Pecan cake and Texas Pecan fudge cake Are available. Orders of $100 or More Are eligible for a to percent discount. For information on either activity Call 983-4881. Trinity presbyterian Church 805 Sierra drive in port Neches will sell and deliver Barbecue brisket dinners from la . To 2 . Oct. 22 to raise Money for local non profit groups such As the boy scouts the United Board of missions and port cities Rescue Mission. Menu Pecan Wood smoked Barbecue brisket potato salad Beans Pickle onion and bread. Price $5 each. The Church will deliver orders of five or More in the mid county area and to or More outside the mid county area. For delivery Call 722-4491 by 3 . Oct. 21. St. Michael s orthodox Christian Church will hold their annual syrian lebanese dinner from la . To 2 . Oct. 24 at the Parish Hall at 680 n. 15th St. In Beaumont. Menu syrian lebanese style cabbage Rolls Kibbit greek salad and pita bread. There will also be a sweets table with syrian lebanese and greek pastries cookies and breads for Sale. Price $10 each. Tickets Are available from members or at the door. Dine in or take out. Info 838-4951. Girls Haven sixth annual Gumbo Kookoff will be from la . To 5 . Oct. 24 at Gladys City on the Lamar University at Beaumont Campus. Admission is $1 and Gumbo is $5 a bowl. Advance tickets Are available at All Munro a locations. Children under 5 eat free. Entertainment will be provided by Stone cold. There will be plenty of children a games and concessions. About 35 teams will prepare a variety of gumbos and will compete for trophies in several categories. There will also be other foods available. Soft drinks cappuccino Beer and wine will also be available. The Gumbo Kookoff is the largest fundraiser of the year for girls Haven. Hamshire Fannett operation graduation will sponsor a link Sale oct. 30 from to . To 2 . At the Gulf coast Bank in Fannett. The group will also sponsor a drawing for a custom built Barbecue pit at their parents night nov. 5. $1 donation. Need not be present to win. Info Sissy Leger at 296-2715 or Julie Melancon at 243-2456. Church school and civic groups May bring fund raising announcements to the sunday life editor at the news by 3 the tuesday before the event the Roundup runs thursdays items May be faxed to 985-6128 or mailed to the port Arthur news p o Box 789, Pori Arthur. Texas 77641-0789 More than 4,000 bands to compete during Region x by Ryan slight port Arthur news staff writer Little Cypress More than 4,000 band students from 34 Southeast Texas High schools will perform at the University interscholastic league Region x marching band Competition saturday at the Little Cypress Mau Riceville High school football stadium. The event which is free and open to the Public starts at 9 . With 1a schools and concludes at 9 . After the 5a bands have performed. The stadium is located by Texas 87, about three Miles North of interstate to in Orange. Lam band director Nelson Nolden advised patrons to arrive Early at the event to attain a decent parking place. A for a Good spot get Here by one or two of clock a he said. A when the larger schools get Here Man it is packed. With parents coming and going we must average about 10-12,000 bands will be performing each 15 minutes with periodic Breaks for lunch and changes in school size classifications. A band has a maximum of to minutes to March and will be judged by a panel of three Texas music adjudicators association members. The judges will be band directors who have received at least five years of top division ratings. Bands will not be judged against each other but against a Standard of excellence receiving a rating of one through five with one being the highest. Nolden said bands will be judged on their musical competency precis Ion technique fundamentals difficulty of music selected and the Gen area schools will perform at these times a Bant Chambers 9 45 a in. A Stephen f. Austin noon a Hamshire Fannett i to . A Thomas Jefferson 3 p in a Lincoln 3 15 . A port niches Groves 3 to . A Lumberton 3 45 . A Beaumont 4 15 p in a Nederland 5 . A Vidor 6 15 . A West Orange Stark 7 a la m -7 15 a Beaumont West Brook h15 . A Beaumont Central 30 . Eral effect and Appeal the performance has. Judges will give Points for the various factors and total them for a score. This year 1a, 3a and 5a schools will be pursuing a Chance to Advance to state Competition. The 2a and 4a schools will get an Opportunity to go next year. Contest organizers Are anticipating warm weather for this weekend. However if it Rains enough to affect the Field some performances May be delayed until it stops Nolden said. If it Rains a lot the contest could be postponed until the following tuesday he said. Food drinks and a a music to shirts will be available for Purchase from the Lam band boosters. Lam has been selected to Host the Competition for the past two decades. A the Field drains Well and the judges sit in a High press Box that provides them with a Good View of the Field a Nolden said. A and we like to think we do a Good Job of running the bbb gets outstanding rating at International conference Beaumont a the better business Bureau that serves the eight counties of Southeast Texas was represented and recognized As a an outstanding bureaus on two occasions during the annual International Assembly of better business bureaus last week in Calgary Alberta Canada. Michael Clayton president chief executive officer of the Southeast Texas bbb served As Facilitator of the strategic planning process now under Way by the bbb system across North America. Clayton was one of two bbb cos to speak on their successful a Torch awards for marketplace ethics programs on the regional level. During the awards luncheon the bbb of Southeast Texas was recognized As the a outstanding better business Bureau a Bureau to business communications and a outstanding better business Bureau a special projects As a result of the successful Southeast Texas senior Celebration conducted last october and to be held again this oct. 26. Clayton received the recognition and two awards for the 1,200 local Bureau members and the bbb of Southeast Texas Board of directors. Last year the bbb of Southeast Texas was recognized for a outstanding better business Bureau a membership enlistment amp a we Are pleased and enthusiastic about the work and accomplishments our Bureau is making to Impact the business and consumer marketplace across the eight counties of Southeast Texas a said Board chairman Paul Skinner president of Star graphics. A these Are just two examples of International recognition that our Bureau has received a he added. Tine to learn Raymond Apollon Speaks to Thomas Jefferson students by Haley Ledet special to the port Arthur news Raymond Apollon a political consultant and analyst for Haiti visited port Arthur and spoke to Sondra Crochett a class at Thomas Jefferson High school about the cultural differences Between the United states and one of the poorest countries in the world a Haiti. Part of Apollony a Job is to interpret United states policy for Haiti a prime minister. One of the major contributing factors to the poverty in Haiti is the fact that All consumer goods must be imported there. Apollon impressed upon Thomas Jefferson students what a privilege it is to have a Good education. In Haiti some children enter school at age one and graduate at age 14. Most of the haitian population consists of youth and within the last two years 30 High schools have been built there. Only half of these however Are operational due to Lack of finances. Born and raised in Haiti Apollon studied in Cuba and parts of Europe after his High school graduation and currently Speaks five languages including French his native language German English Spanish and vietnamese. Haiti a government Apollon said is extremely unstable. Unemployment is very photo Courtesy of Hailey Ledet haitian political consultant Raymond Apollon above Speaks to Thomas Jefferson High school students about the value of the . Education system and of Haiti one of the poorest countries in the world. High because new jobs Are not being created. Jails Are overpopulated Many with political prisoners. One of Apollony a first jobs was to investigate Why individuals had been imprisoned. A new government was created in 1994 and efforts Are now in motion to change poverty for the better. Besides revamping the prix in system health care issues Are a major concern. There Are Only two major hospitals in the country and Only five to six Hundred doctors. People must often wait several Days to receive Medicine. Apollon said he is working very hard to ensure that his people Are Able to Lead better lives. Because the new government is still very Young it will take time for change in policy to change the Standard of living for Haiti a people. Haley Ledet is a journalism student at Thomas Jefferson High school and is a staff member of the newspaper staff

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