The Facts from Clute, Texas on August 16, 1998 · Page 14
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The Facts from Clute, Texas · Page 14

Clute, Texas
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Sunday, August 16, 1998
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14A THE FACTS Sunday, August 16,1998 NATION Waco murder suspect may have ties to Berlin bombing WACO (AP) — A suspect in the murder of a Waco man may have ties to'the 1986 bombing of a Berlin nightclub by Libyan terrorists, authorities said. According to federal court testimony, Sam L. Urick, 57, helped ship 20 tons of plastic explosives, some of which reportedly was used in a bombing attack of a Berlin discotheque that killed two U.S. servicemen and wounded 200 others. The 1986 bombing led President Ronald Reagan to launch an air attack on Tripoli in retaliation. Urick's alleged links to the bombing surfaced in the course of a Texas ranger's investigation into the murder of Urick's former son- in-law, Gary Patterson. Patterson's bludgeoned body was found outside El Paso last week. The 33-year-old draftsman had won custody of his 7-year-old daughter from his ex-wife, Lisa Urick, and authorities believe he was killed in retaliation for that victory. Patterson last was seen May 3, 1997, when he flew to El Paso on the false promise of a job offer that authorities say was used to lure him to his death. Texas Ranger Matt Cawthon said he found that two of Urick's known associates were renegade CIA agents Frank Terpil and Edmond Wilson, both of whom were accused of selling arms to foreign terrorists. Terpil is thought to be hiding in Cuba, and Wilson is in federal prison. Urick reportedly helped hide Terpil and Wilson when they became federal fugitives, Cawthon testified. At least three U.S. intelligence agencies list Urick as someone "who assisted in the facilitating of the shipment of explosives to Libya," Cawthon testified in court Monday. Urick's passport included entries from England, Spain, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica, Cawthon said. Urick was arrested two weeks ago in Los Angeles and indicted Tuesday in federal court in Waco on a murder-for-hire charge. He faces a possible death sentence and is being held without bond. Police arrested a suspected accomplice, 47-year-old Theodore Donald Young, two weeks ago in Honduras. Young already was a federal fugitive since he failed to report to prison in February 1995. He was convicted in a $26 million mail fraud scam in South Carolina and sentenced to serve 51 months in prison. Young reportedly drew authorities a map to help find Patterson's Get it while it's hot! Save up to Lots of new markdowns throughout the store! Sizzling savings for the whole family! Misses Casual Sportswear 50% OFF Petites, too! New reductions on spring and summer groups from America's favorite designer Orig. 28.00-140.00, now 14.00-70.00. Ladies Handbags 50% OFF Lots of famous maker spring and summer styles in leather, vinyl, fabric or straw. Orig. 19.00-75.00, now 9.50-37.50 Juniors Dresses 50% OFF Casual and career dresses in great summer styles. Orig. 38.00-160.00. now 19.00-80.00. 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Patterson was tied up at gunpoint and then bludgeoned to death, investigators said. Sierra Club renewing legal battle over aquifer AUSTIN (AP) — Plummeting levels in the underground aquifer that supplies Texas' largest springs have prompted the Sierra Club to warn a state and a federal agency it will sue to protect endangered fish and other wildlife. < . Texas' relentless drought and punishing heat wave have limited recharge to the Edwards Aquifer, which underlies nine Central Texas counties and supplies all of San Antonio's municipal water. The U.S. Fish*and Wildlife Service, assigned to protect endangered wildlife in Comal and San Marcos Springs, has failed to put a recovery plan in place for the species, said Stuart Henry, a Sierra Club lawyer. He said the Edwards Aquifer Authority has failed to restrict well pumping to ensure adequate spring flows. "The authority has had ample time to prevent the taking and jeopardizing of endangered species, and it has not done so," Henry told the Austin American- Statesman in Saturday's editions. "I just think that's flat irresponsible." The environmental group sent formal notices to both agencies. Under the Endangered Species Act, 60 days' notice is required before a lawsuit can be filed in federal court. Trio gets jail time for stoning dog HARLINGEN (AP) — Three Harlingcn men convicted of stoning a dog have been sentenced to four months in jail, following a national outcry from animal rights groups demanding tough punishment. Cameron County Court at Law Judge Migdalia Lopez also sentenced 17-year-old Adrian Adame, 21-year-old Juan Garcia, and 20-year-old Gerardo Zamora to a one-year probated jail term, drug counseling and 100 hours of community service. Animal rights activists, who had urged strong justice, applauded the sentences. 'They believe you pose a threat to your fellow human beings," the judge told the men, referring to a group of a dozen animal rights advocates in the courtroom. "All life is sacred, human or not. "They remind this court of the link between human cruelty and animal cruelty." Denise Porter, whose Internet campaign prompted thousands of people around the world to send letters to the judge, called the sentences a victory for animal lovers. "It takes people making their voices heard, and that's what we did," Porter told the Valley Morning Star. "I think it's progress. (The judge) understood the link between animal and human cruelty, and that's what this case was all about." Animal cruelty too often leads to human violence, clinical psychologist Lyncttc Hcsict told the newspaper. Many serial killers started out torturing animals, Hcslet noted. "The next time dogs don't give them a thrill, it will be (humans)," Heslet said. "The first time, they got a thrill; the second time, there's no more thrill, so they go on to something bigger." Last year, Cameron County juvenile authorities placed two boys accused in the case under a form of probation known as deferred prosecution.

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