The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 23, 1978 · Page 2
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Galveston, Texas
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Saturday, September 23, 1978
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2-A £lir o'uiiu-ohm p.-iiin K County Police Beat Saturday Morning, September 23,1978 3 Men Arre§ted After Bar Fight BACLIFF-Sheriff's deputies arrested three men outside a bar here Thursday night after one of the men was hit on the head and back with a pool stick. The fight began in the bar about 9:45 when the man struck by the pool stick retaliated by hitting the other man in the mouth with a beer bottle, deputies said. Christopher A. Robinette, 27, of 4819 29th St. in Dickinson was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and assault by contact. 'Robert L. Lewis, 39, of 4723 Park Drive in Baciiff was charged with assault causing bodily injury. Jimmie R. Atkinson, 23, of Arlington, Texas, was charged with public intoxication, disorderly conduct and failure to report a change of address on his driver's license. MAN CHARGED Narcotics officers acting on a search warrant Thursday afternoon confiscated 219 hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes in a Bank Continued Paul Haas, a former Moody Foundation trustee, is a director of both American National Insurance Co. and Texas Commerce Bank. Riggs also contended that a Houston insurance company, American General Insurance Company, "though a potential purchaser, was unaware of the proposed sale of Moody National Bank stock and was therefore unable to determine whether it would make an offer for the stock." There was testimony before Dalehite that 400 house in the 500 block of 29th Street. Officers said when they first entered the house, a suspect grabbed a knife and dropped it only after being ordered several times to do so, according to reports. The cigarettes were valued at $219. Charged with felony possession of marijuana was Jay P. Robinson, 77, of 514 29th St. SNAKES STOLEN Burglars got extra greedy Thursday night after breaking into a house in the 2900 block of Avenue 0 and stealing $700 worth of merchandise. They also took two python snakes. The owners of the house told police someone entered through a window sometime between 7 and 10:45 p.m., took the merchandise, grabbed the snakes and ran. RADAR LOCATIONS The Galveslon police traffic division will conduct radar patrols from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. today at the following locations: Seawall Boulevard east of 25th Street; FM 3005 and Jones Drive. From Page 1 shares of the Moody National Bank stock are on the market at $20 a share and are not being sold at that price. There was testimony that the $24.83 offer was fair and advantageous to the foundation and the people of Texas. There also was testimony that Moody National Bank pays about 2 1 .*- percent on its shares and that the Moody Foundation is required by law to have a 5 percent yield on its investments. Stuntman Dies From Fall Injury LEXINGTON, Ky. (UPI) — Hollywood stuntman A.J. Bakunas died Friday from massive injuries suffered in a leap from the 23rd story of a Lexington skyscraper while filming a movie. About 1,000 people were watching Thursday as Bukunas plunged 315 into a large canvas air bag which was supposed to break his fall. The bag collapsed. Doctors said it was "the eqivalent of hitting the pavement." A police officer with a radar gun had clocked Bakunas 1 fall at 87 miles per hour. The impact broke his hips and shoulders, and caused massive internal bleeding. Officials at Good Samaritan Hospital said the 27-year-old native of Ft. Lee, N..I. died at 9:45 a.m. (EOT) the following day. The leap from the 23rd floor of the unfinished Kincaid Towers was being filmed for the movie "Steel," a story about the building of a skyscraper. Lee Majors, the star of the movie, hired Bakunas for the stunt. Several actors said they believed he was offered between $20,000 and $30,000. The 315-foot free fall would have broken a world record set Sept. 2 by Dar Robinson, who leaped 286 feel from a helicopter in Buena Park, Calif. Bakunas had. held the previous record of 230 feet. Observers said Bakunas sank out of sight when he hit the 12-foot thick air bag, which measured 30 feet by 40 feet. "He landed and went straight thorough," said Warren Levinson of radio station WBLG. "I could see one end turned up, and there was a big hole in it." Dr. Jud Chalkley, medical advisor to the film and emergency services director for the hospital, said the first layer of the two-tiered bag apparently failed to work. "Hitting the second layer of the bag was the equivalent of hitting the pavement,", he said. "The inner bag was not meant to be the initial cushion of the shock. Had the bag worked, it would have been okay. It had been checked thoroughly." The bag had been used Deaths THE VESTON DANA HUDDLESTON, 7, models her new custom designed T-shirt which earned her a ride and inspection tour of the Galveston Emergency Medical Service ambulance. Those interested in presentations by EMS to schools or civic organizations can call 766-2144. Discount Rate Hiked previously for a 200-foot jump. Bakunas was conscious during most of the night, Chalkley said. He went into surgery at 12:30 a.m. Friday, where doctors were able to stop the hem- morhaging. The cause of death was "a very bad bruise on the lungs," Chalkley explained. "The cells of the lungs deteriorated. Last month Bakunas was filmed jumping from the ninth floor of the building. He reportedly was unhappy with the stunt and wanted to have a better one for the film. Dickinson Students Win Honors Seven Dickinson High School students attended speech workshops throughout the state this summer and received honors as well as experience. Pat Harrington and Mark Sandlin were chosen as one of the top 16 debate teams in the experienced debaters division at the Baylor University Workshop. Scott Citek and his out-of-state partner won third place in that division. Other students attending workshops were Paul Garlinghouse at Baylor University and George Armstrong and Bobby Goldman at Southwest Texas State University. Amy Huber attended the Creative Speech Interests Workshop in Houston. Those students, as well as about 30 other DHS Forensics students, will be participating in the first tournament Sept. 22-23 at Northbrook High School in Houston. Nelda Davis On Ch. 11 Program Nelda Davis, scholarship administrator for The Moody Foundation, will explain the foundation's scholarship programs as Casey Lynn's guest on the "This Week in Galveston" show at 7 a.m. Sunday on KHOU-T V.Channel 11. The program .will be repeated at 6 a.m. Friday. 4 WASHINGTON (UPI) In a move to show the government's determination to fight inflation, the Federal Reserve Board Friday boosted its discount rate to 8 percent, the highest since the 1974 recession. The board voted unanimously to hike the fee it charges member banks to borrow from its "discount window." It was the fifth hike this year. At the beginning of 1978, the discount rate was G percent. Since then, short-term interest levels have climbed sharply as government economic planners sought to reach twin goals of stablizing the dollar abroad while fighting inflation at home. The 8 percent level is the same as that which prevailed between April and December of 1974 when steep interest charges helped trigger a severe recession. On Wednesday, the Fed increased another key interest rate — the so- called federal funds rate — from 8 3« to 8 ',« percent. Federal funds are uncommitted reserves that banks lend each other, and serve as sort of a base from which most other short- term interest rates are scaled upward. That move drew criticism from Robert McKinney, chairman of the federal agency which regulates savings and loan assocations. McKinney said the credit tightening cou!d cause a "collapse" in the housing market. He said funds available for mortgage lending are drying up because investors are seeking higher interest rates elsewhere. The Fed's decision to raise the discount rate is largely symbolic since it affects a small part of total bank reserves. The SI.8 billion in borrowings by Fed member banks outstanding on Wednesday compared with total reserves in the banking system of $37.5 billion. However, the move not only serves as a catch-up with other short-term rales but also reflects the Fed's determination to fight inflation. The prime rate, which is the interest banks charge their best corporate customers, already is at 9 Vt percent. When the Fed tightens credit, banks find it more difficult to make funds available to businesses and consumers and this added market pressure results in higher interest rates. This in turn discourages business borrowing, which dampens inflation. The negative aspect is that higher interest rates also reduce economic growth with resulting high unemployment. The last time the Fed increased the discount rate . was Aug. 18, when it moved upward from 7 '/^ to 7 % percent. Fathers' Rights Leader Jailed In Murder Plot MEXIA, Texas (UPI) — The national vice president of "Equal Rights for Fathers" and the man he allegedly tried to hire to kill his mother-in-law were held Friday in Limestone County jail in lieu of $250,000 in bond. Mesquite, Texas, resident Raymond Preston Gumming, who had worked to help divorced fathers like himself gain custody rights of their children, and James M. McAlester was arrested Thursday by Limestone County authorities and charged with allegedly seeking to murder Beatrice White, 63, of Eustace, Texas. The Equal Rights For Fathers organization quickly disavowed Gumming. Mike Garza, a board member of the group's Dallas chapter, said Cumming was ousted Monday night from his position as a group officer by "unanimous vole." Deputies said it the slaying was to be a part of a scheme for Cumming to regain custody of his child. Chief Deputy Bill Fletcher said the arrest was part of a lengthy investigation involving the authorities in Limestone, Dallas and Henderson counties and he indicated more arrests may be made. "It appears there are quite a few people involved (in the murder-for-hire plots) in the Dallas area," Fletcher said. "A terrific amount of money has changed hands. The smallest price that we know about is one for $16,000." Fletcher would not release details of the capture of the two men and did not say where Cumming's wife lived. "This McAlester told us the other guy (Cumming) wanted his mother-in-law hit because it would force his wife to come back to Texas for the funeral, and maybe bring the child," Fletcher said. Flecher said McAlester had told authorities Cumming theorized that if his former wife returned to the sUte with the child it would give him an opportunity to take custody of the child. Fletcher said Cumming already had permission from a Texas judge to take custody but only if the child was in Texas. "Equal Rights for Fathers" is a national organization of men who believe mothers should not be arbitarily given custody of children in divorce suits. Passing Parade (Continued From Page 1) p.m., Frank incaprera ana his orchestra will provide the music for the dance, and price of admission is $6. according to Pete Ober, who is in charge of arrangements. . .Want some "soul food? That's what the La-Recian Ladies Social Charity Club is selling today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 3301 Ave. M. Florence Johnson says the price is $2.50 per plate, and advance orders may be placed by calling 763-9144. . .R.J. McNamara reports the La Marque Council Knights of Columbus are having a covered dish supper for members and their wives at 7 p.m. .. The Senior Mexican-American Club will sell barbecue dinners from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4927 Ave. Q. For $2.50 you get a half chicken, beans, rice and potato salad, and orders to go may be placed by calling 7444152. Delivery is available.. Celebrating wedding anniversaries are Dick and Frances Hargis, Mr. and Mrs. Reyes Hernandez, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kara Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Dricks. . '.Birthday kids are Mrs. Arthur Alpert, Brent Richbook, Robert Dent, Vandy Anderson, Beth Ann Riehl, Elaine Knebel, Ronique Fisher, Cheronda Monic Harrell, La Chaundra % Antoinette Patton, Mrs. J.W. Pownall, who is 80 years young, Roderic Moore, Urban Rodgers, Jimmy Malone, Mary Parsley, Anna Kubtak... price is $2, and reservations can he made by calling the box office at 744-9661. The theater is located at Galveston College's Fort Crockett campus, .§001 Ave. U. . .The famous and nationally known Dukes of Aggieland will provide the music for dancing at the Mainland A&M Mothers Club dance tonight at 9 at the Texas City Nesslcr Civic Center. Mrs. George Beach says tickets for the semiformal dance are $10 a couple and that set-ups will be sold... Pat Martinez is competing in the Oleander Karate Classic. The final demonstration will be at 8 p.m. . .Pauline Gillaspia is in Danforth Hospital in Texas City, Room 211. . .Members of the Elks Lodge are staging their annual luau and dance starting at 6 p.m. today at the hall. The dinner includes pork, fish and shrimp, and the price is $6 per person. Starting at 9 Explodes; 8 Killed WEST POLAND, Maine (UPI) — A Navy antisubmarine aircraft exploded in a "huge bail of fire" and crashed in western Maine Friday. AH eight crewmen were presumed killed in what may have been a mid-air crash with another plane. Four bodies were found near the crash site and authorities were searching for the four missing crewmen, who were officially presumed to be dead. None of the crewmen was identified. Pieces of the Navy P-3 Orion fell to a hilly, rocky area, showering debris near a house and a trailer home. Lorraine Strout, 49, of West Poland, said parts of the Navy plane barely missed her trailer home. "We stepped outside the door and there it was coming right for us and then it blew and veered off at the last minute," she said. "The parts were flying down all around the house and this huge propeller just flew over our roof." If there was a second plane involved, authorities said, the death toll would be higher. Some witnesses reported seeing parachutes after the crash, but an air search failed to find any trace of them. Steven Thurlow, 23, said, "When the plane blew up, there was a big mess of debris and pieces flying all different directions. It was just an incredible big boom and a huge ball of fire and then there was fire flying around up there everywhere." Roger Roy of Lewiston, flying in a small plane about 15 miles behind the navy craft, said, "AH of a sudden I saw a big flash in the sky." He said from above the wreckage he saw "two distinct areas of smoke" but he couldn't tell whether the accident involved one or two airplanes. The Maine National Guard said the big four- engine turboprop plane, based at Brunswick Naval Air Station, apparently collided with another smaller aircraft before exploding. State police said radar also showed two planes involved in the accident. Funerals TODAY Deta Jarrell, 90, of Dickinson died Thursday; services at 2 p.m. today at Hoelscher Funeral Home in Rosebud, Texas; burial in Woodland Cemetery in Rosebud; local arrangements are with James Crowder Funeral Home. Fulton Carter, 68, of Dickinson died Wednesday; services at 2 p.m. today at Craven Memorial Chapel in La Marque with the Rev. C.N. Hudson officiating; burial in Rising Star Cemetery in La Marque. Louis DeClouet, 58, of Galveston died Monday; services at 10 a.m. today at Holy Rosary Catholic Cnurch with tne Kev. John Doyle officiating; burial in Calvary Cemetery under the direction of Strode- Armstrong Mortuary. Charles Palmer, 78, of Galveston died Tuesday; services at l p.m. today at Mainland Funeral Home in La Marque with the Rev. M.C. Bridges officiating; burial in Memorial Cemetery in Galveston. MONDAY George Golden, 38, of Alief died Wednesday; services at 10 a.m. Monday at J.E. Henderson Co. funeral home in Everette, Mass.; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everette; local arrangements are with Jack Rowe Funeral Home in League City. •*»—""^^^— " Connie Long TEXAS CITY-Connie Lynn Long, 18, of 2113 St. North died at 2:45 a.m. Friday in a traffic accident in La Marque. Funeral arrangements are pending at R.C. Williams Jr. Funeral Home in Skippack, Pa. Local arrangements are under the direction of Emken- Linton Funeral Home in Texas City. Mary M. Hall HITCHCOCK-Mrs. Earl B. (Mary M.) Hall, 61, of 310 Highland Drive died at 1:30 a.m. Friday at her residence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the chapel of James Crowder Funeral Home with the Rev. Hartley Berlin of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Texas City officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Mrs. Hall was born March 17, 1917, in Jacksonville, Ala. She was a resident of Galveston County for 37 years and a resident of Hitchcock for the past 16 years. Survivors include her husband, Earl B. Hall Jr. of Hitchcock; a stepdaughter, Evie Joyce Kuehn of Houston; a foster son, Charles Williams of Alvin; a sister, Fairy Mae Bowers of Arcadia; two half sisters, Dorothy Russell of Anniston, Ala., and Janet McNeal of Germany; and a granddaughter, Glenda Kuehn of Houston. Pallbearers will be Ricci Ostermayer, Richard Ostermayer Jr., John Ostermayer, David Hall Jr., Gary Hall, Michael Hall and Linnard Crouch. • Visitors may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. today. Shelley Ross Jr. TEXAS CITY—Funeral services for Shelley B. Ross Jr., 56, of 7513 Carver will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Fields Funeral Home with the Rev. R.B. Moody officiating. Burial will follow at Mainland Memorial Cemetery .in Hitchcock. A wake is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Shelley died at 9:15 p.m. Thursday at Veterans Hospital in Houston. He was born June 26, 1922, in Galveston. Mr. Shelley was a laborer and a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Fay Ross of Texas City; three daughters, Lisa C. Ross of Texas City, Cheryl L. Smith of La Marque and Deborah A. Ross of Houston; one son, Shelley B, Ross III of Houston; two granddaughters; an aunt; an uncle;and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be Brown Walker, Kevin Walker, Moses Smith, Ezzord Conley, Keith Hoiiand and Robert Rawls. Alternate pallbearer will be Shelley B.Ross III. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday. Melvin Green TEXAS CITY-Funeral services for Melvin Green, 59, of 202 South Hemphill will be at 8 p.m. Monday at Rising Star Baptist Church with the Rev. D.N. Benford officiating. Burial will be at ll a.m. Tuesday at Combre Cemetery in Lake Charles, La., under the direction of Fields Funeral Home. Mr. Green died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a traffic accident two miles north of Terminal Overpass in La Marque. He was born April 15,1919, in Lake Charles. Mr. Green had been a resident of Galveston County for 31 years, a member of Rising Star Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. He was employed at the U.S. Public Health Hospital. Survivors include his wife, Josephine Green of West Texas City; three sisters, Mary Green, Louise Green and Mrs. Willie Hawkins, all of Waverly, Tenn.; a godchild, Regan D. Lewis; and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday or from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Monday at Rising Star Baptist Church. Joann Pitts TEXAS CITY—Mrs. Joann Elaine Pitts, 26, of 2204 Fifth Ave. North died early Friday morning in a traffic accident near Highway 146. Funeral arrangements are pending at Hayes Funeral Home in Alta Loma. Perry D.Christy SEABROOK-Perry Dean Christy, 17, of 2718 Todville died Friday morning when the car in which he was riding was involved in an accident near Highway 146. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Jack Rowe Funeral Home. Burial will be at Seabrook Cemetery. Christy was born Feb. 16, 1961, in Baytown. He was a senior at Clear Lake High School, a member of Seabrook United Methodist Church and a lifelong resident of Seabrook. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Christy; his sister, Mandy Christy; his great- grandmother, Mrs. May Christy; his grandfathers, Oliver Perry Christy Jr. and Paul Virgil Brown; and his grandmother, Mrs. Irma Rouse; all of Seabrook. Pallbearers will be Roger Boyd, Steve Reichardt, Mike Waite, Gregg Marrs, David Dujay and Jimmey Ferrell. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today. AlbertaHeese Funeral services for Mrs, Alberta Reese, 61, of 33-D Palm Terrace Apartments will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. J.B. Daniels officiating. Burial will follow at Lake View Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of Fields Funeral Home. A wake is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mrs. Reese died at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the John Sealy Hospital emergency room. She was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Hope, Ark. Mrs. Reese had been a resident of Galveston for 31 years and was a member of Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church. She was employed by the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital. Survivors include two daughters, Idell Haynes and Margeree Wilson, both of Galveston; a son-in-law, McKinley Haynes Jr. of Galveston; a devoted friend, Johnnie Guy ton of Galveston; seven brothers, William L. Johnson, Washington Johnson and Sam Johnson, all of Homer, La., Jeff Johnson of Hope, Elishia Johnson of Chicago, and Marvin Johnson and Cliff Johnson, both of Los Angeles; two sisters, Lizzie Blackman and Vannie Pack, both of Homer; five grandsons, Johnnie L. Wilson, Alonzo Wilson, Warren K. Wilson, Kenneth W. Haynes and Danny K. Haynes, all of Galveston; one great-grandchild; and other relatives and friends. Pallbearers will be members of the family. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday. The Galveston Daily News Texas' Oldest Newspaper Dedicated to Uie growth and progress of Galveston and all of Galveston County. Published every morning by Galveston Newspapers, Inc., 8522 Teichman Road. P.O. Box 628, Galveston, Texas 77553. Second class postage paid at Galveston, Texas. United Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or republication of all the local news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. Subscription rates by carrier, H2S per monUi; by mail, J54.00 per year anywhere in the continental United States, (108.00 per year outside the U.S. The Galveston Daily News welcomes letters to the editor. They must be limited to 3M words and the writer's name must be signed and the address given.

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