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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Abilene, Texas "WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR FOES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT 84TH YEAR, NO. 72 .PHONE 673-4271 ABILENE, TEXAS, 79604, WEDNESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 28, PAGES IN THREE SECTIONS Price 15 Ccnls Associated Prest (JPl .itMf photo by-ctrsfd Ewinj "PATROLMAN DICK KINNEY AND SABRE Sabre retired, hul slill full of fight Sabre: A Family Pet With a Past By KITTY FH.IEDEN fleporter-News-Slaff Writer Patrolman Dick Kinncy. and Sabre had worked together _for 10 years, Sabre retired early this'ycar: Sabre didn't put in his 20 years on the Abilene Police force, lie was retired along wjlh all the other po- lice dogs when Ihe canine corps was disbanded Feb. 1....., Sabre was one of a group of can-. ines, as many as six at one time, wiiich helped catch criminals along with Abilene PD officers. "The (logs create a personnel Police Chief Warren Dod- son explained. "At one time we had ;is many as six dogs and six han- dlers. Then three of the handlers quit the force and we had three mean dogs on our hands." KINNEY SAID it is difficult lo train a dog to accept a new master, hul added, "it jusl depends on the dogs. Some are harder lo train than others." lie said after the Abilene canine program was phased out, some of the dogs went lo other police depart- ments, and one lias been re-lrnined for a nighl watchman. Bul Kinney has kept the 1-l-year- old Sabre as a family dog. Wilh (he Kinney family Sabre is "just like any other Ihe offi- cer .said, although most- German Shepherds trained for police -duty arc "never -completely, trustworthy again" around anyone, .uut their 1 masters. While Sabre may be a good family dog and he-is all busi- ness" when gets he into a patrol .car, Kinney said. THE-PATROLMAN saiil he and Sabre used to patrol Ihe cily check- ing buildings, many times shortly after a break-in. 1 "He sent quite a few to Hie hospi- Kinney. admitted, explaining that sometimes the dog would break away if he sensed Ihe burglar re- mained in Hie building. He said he and the German shep- herd would enter the building to check it out. If the suspected bur- glar remained inside, Sabre would tense up or pull at the leash. Some- times he would be given Ihe scent of a suspect to track him down, but lhat was not n common practice, Kinney pointed out. He said'the dog was used more for Ihe safety of patrolmen called to the scene of a burglary than for (racking like the bloodhounds used lo track the convicls at Siephenviile. Sabre would often stand guard white Kinney placed handcuffs on a sus- pect, Finally Cashes in on Rain By 10K 1MCY I! Reporter-News Staff Writer The Abilene sky finally cashed iii its chips-Wednesday morning, reaping aVjackpol of inches at Abilene Munici- pal Airport and substantial amounts .throughout (he rest' of the city. Weather wag ere rs can count' on a 50 per cent proba- bility of more rain, decreasing Thursday, forecaster 'Jack Schnabel said W ednesday morning, Although no flooding was re- ported from the early morning drenching, Schnabel said a flash flood watch has been is- sued for Wednesday in case more showers occur. EVEN THE SOUTHSIDF, of the cily got its share of the winnings with several stations reporting over an inch of rain. The accumulation officially brings Abilene's yearly total to 14.38 inches, jusl 1.99 short of normal, 1G.37. The August total is now 5.52. intermittent rain continued to fall throughout the city Wednesday morning. Although area towns did not seem to fair as well as Abi- lene, substantial amounts were reported throughout the Big Country. Wednesday's rain niay add new emphasis to a public meeting at p.m. at the Lone Star Gas Building to dis- cuss the pros and cons of channelizing Abilene's several. creeks as a means of flood control. An Abilene environmental group-has attacked Hie proce- dure as "destructive" but city officials contend lhat straight- ening and widening the creeks facilitated runoff. .THE FLASH FLOOD watch was issued the W.eather Service in case the ground becomes saturated by more rain, Schnabel said. A seminar which wffl include a discussion of federal flood insurance Friday at the Civic- Center also makes Wednes-. clay's drenching ironic. The continuous shower s, which began at were caused by a clash of Gulf moisture and a low pres- sure system which finally moved close to Abilene, Schnabel explained. The heavy rains feem to ex- tend a trend toward such downpours in August, which have averaged 4.65 inches over the past six years, well above the August normal of 2.05. "This is what we've been waiting Schnabel said. HOWEVER, Abilene's lakes have not really benefited from these showers as they did early in AuguFt. Dwaync llai'gesheiiner, su- perintendent, of water treat- ment, said Wednesday that Lake Fort Phantom has gained no additional water from .runoff and that Lake Kirby and Lake Abilene gained only .2 feel or 300 and 200 million gallons respective- ly. HARGESHE1MER said Iliat the showers are loo spoiled and the land too dry to pro- duce much runoff. Also, he said, rains in south Abilene were not as substantial and therefore runoff from Hint por- tion should be less. Luke Abilene is now 52 per cent of capacity iiml Lake Kir- by is a dismal 15 per cent of capacity, he said. Lake Fort Phantom is in between at 36 WHERE IT RAINED ABILENE municipal Airport Total for Year 14.38 Normal for Year 16.37 1526 Minler .65 Abilene Water Plant 2.85 NE Treatmenl Plant .90 1026 Cedar .68 3402 S. llth 1.10 2318 River Oaks Circle .95 2-Day Total 2.80 2.86 1417 Meadowbrook .75 1.40 Dyess AFB 1.14 Lake Abilene 1.18 Lake Phantom Hill .62 1.01 1.40 1.65 1.00 Lake 2nd 2041 3936 CLYDE COLEMAN COLORADO CITY EASTLAND 1IAMLIN HAWLEY KNOX CITY LAWN MERKEL HANGER SWEETWATER TUSCOLA VI fCW WINTERS 1.80 1.40 .OG 1.00 .01 .50 .03 .93 .70 .46 .20 1.00 2.00 1.20 1.10 1.02 .50 .60 1.15 per cent of capacity. Kirby is 10.0 feet below spill- way; Abilene, 7.0; Fort Phan- lom, 15.4, llargeshoimer said. By comparison, the throe lakes gained more than 2 bil- lion gallons of water in early August. WEATHER U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Wtolher Service (Wcalher ftlopr Pq. 3A) ABILENE AND VICINITY (10-mili radius) Flosh flood In effccl Cor today, Considerable cloudiness and mild accEsiojinl showers and Ihur d t ers totfay through Thursday, Locally lic.ivy rains may produce Hash Soulhcrly winds s la 15 mph High Ihls nr.crnoori Ihe upper 70s. Low in middle 60s. High Thursday In Ihe loi-.er 82i, Probability of rain decreasing to iO per ccnl roday and o. today: sunset loniglil: he Flooding Blamed for One Death By The Associated Press At least one death was blamed today on floodwalers in Central Texas after night- long rains that brought unoffi- cial rainfall totals nearKilleen Jo IS'inches. More than 100-p e rs on s around Killeen were evacuated from their homes before dawn today but. most returned after daylight. Investigators said an unidentified Ft. Hood sqldier ..drowned 'when his pickup li'uck was swept off a bridge at Ft. Hood. The body of an unidentified woman was found in her home at Killeen but no ruling ;in Uie death was made at.once. Nolan Creek, which bisects Kijleen, spilled over its banks Tuesday night, bul receded to- day, although its waters were racing swiftly. of 6.5 inches was Truancy Policy Due New Look The "cat and mouse" games between, the school. and (he student should take on a new look this year, os Abilene'school officials say they, have found a new wdy to deal with the old prob- lem of truancy. See story, page IB. Amusemenls 68 Bridge..................9A Business Mirror 8A Classified 5-9C Comics 7B Editorials................ 4A Horoscope 9A Hospital Pclienls 3A Obituaries 9C Sporls 1-4C To Ycur Good Heallh 8B TV Leg................ 6B TV Seoul............... 6B Women's News 2-3B measured at Killcen while "nearby Marker Heights record- ed an unofficial 15 inches be- tween noon Tuesday and early today. The worst deluges hit areas across the middle of the state from the Red fliver to Ihe Ilio Grande. Reporting the down- pour at Harper and around 6 inches in the vicinity of Fred- ericksburg, both in Gillespie County, the National Weather Service warned against wide- spread flooding down (he Ped- crnales River from Harper to Lake Travis. Up to 7 inches of rain filled streets and low places at Kii- leen and about 6 inches creat- ed similar conditions at Lam- pasas, official observers said: Capping, nearly a week of widespread rains across the stale, the latest round of heavy showers and -thunder- slorms ikepl forecasters busy throughout the night issuing special ai r n i n gs against flooding, primarily iji low areas. The wealher sendee said be- cause the 'countryside already was soggy, continuing rainfall probably would force exten- sion of flash flood watches for many counties. Streams carrying crests which threatened to inundate lowlands, in addition to the Pedemales, included Ihe Lam- pasas, the Upper Frio, the Up- per Guadalupe and Die Upper Nueces rivers. At least three small torna- ilocs spun down from black thunderstorms late Tuesday. One hit a little west of Knox City in West Texas, damaging Ihe roof of a mobile liome. The others wore sighted 5 miles southwest of Slalon and near Amherst on the South Plains anil there was no re- port of damage. Skies generally were cloudy this morning north and west of a line linking Tyler, Waco, Austin and Del Rio. It was clear to only partly cloudy elsewhere. Temperatures in early morning slipped down to GO degrees at Dalharl in the Tex- as Panhandle and 61 at El Paso in far West Texas while it was still S3 at Gulvcston on the coast and 86 at the Mid- land-Odessa airport in West Texas; Still more showers and thun- derstorms w ere predicted across mosl of the state, par- ticularly this evening in North Central and Northeast Texas and near Ihe coast. Ring Accused Of 5 Houston Deaths HOUSTON, Tex. (AP) Six members of a burglary ring calling themselves the "Brady Bunch" have been charged will] capital murder in the deaths of live persons, author- ities said. Charged Tuesday night were Richard Vargas, 23; Kmiiy Vargas Saenz, 20; Joe Louis, 24; Angel Fuenles, 21; Ernest Moya, 31, and Bernardino Sierra, 25, all of Houston. All were held without bond. Assl. Disl. Ally. George Karam said the charges could clear 25 to 30 burglaries and robberies and possibly other murders from police records. The basic motive in all the murders was money but one of the victims was slabbed, robbed and rim over with a car "for messing around with my Sierra said. "I felt all right, after I did it." Don Lnmbright, another as- sistant district attorney, said there was a strong possibility Prison Deaths 'Justifiable Homicide' HOUSTON (AP) A pathol- ogist who examined Ihe bod- ies of two convicts killed in a Shootout said they were slain by guards at extremely close range in an act of justifiable homicide. Dr. G. Sheldon Green, as- sistant Harris County medical examiner here, prepared the reports in Ihe deaths of Fred Clomez Carrasco and Rodolfo Domingucz, killed Aug. 3 in an escape attempt from the stale prison at lltintsville. The shooting climaxed 11 days of [error for hostages held by the two convicts and another inmate who survived the shoolout. Tivo hostages held by the Irio were killed. Partial-contents of Green's report were