The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 26, 1978 · Page 1
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The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas · Page 1

Galveston, Texas
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Tuesday, September 26, 1978
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•-.I-- -a- - FIRST ^V HUTCHINGS^ SEALY NATIONAL BANK IN GALVESTON |totl|r A GREAT FISH STORY 39th&6each» Dosed Monday Texas' Oldest Newspaper, Established in 1842, Dedicated To The Growth and Progress of Galveston and All of Gatvwton County VOL. 139, No. 170 Member, United Press International GALVESTON, TEXAS, TUESDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 26,2678 Tht County's Only 7-0«y Ptptr 25c Daily, 5Oc Sunday -*' Galvan Given 25 Years - ..-..\'*$<s Ernest Edward Galvan, 30, was handed a 25-year prison term by District Judge Hugh Gibson Monday. Galvan had been found guilty of aggravated kidnapping by a jury. A jury also had held that he was sane and therefore competent to stand trial for the crimes of which he was accused. Galvan was accused of aggravated kidnapping in connection with the taking of a pickup truck — and its owner — at gunpoint on April 20. Galvan also was accused of wounding two police officers, John Carstarphen and John Mitchell, after a struggle and disturbance near an east end bar on that day. Galvan, according to testimony in the case, shot the two officers with Mitchell's .38-caliber revolver, then abducted Gerald Lucas of Hitchcock at gunpoint and fled with Lucas' truck. The defendant was arrested after a high-speed chase during which the truck turned over at Stewart Road and 7% Mile Road. The two officers have recovered from their gunshot wounds. Carstarphen was shot in the hand and in the back, and Mitchell was wounded in the shoulder. Galvan was defended by Tom Douvry, appointed by the court. The defendant was prosecuted by Criminal District Attorney James Hury. The first sanity hearing for Galvan, in August, resulted in a hung jury. 150 Killed In Plane Crash (StaKPhotobyAlanVanZellden) • : Color Separations by Newspaper Specialties SKIMMING A SOYBEAN FIELD, PILOT JEFF JENKINS RELEASES A CARPET OF WEED-KILLER Farmers Pay Cropdusters To Spray Rice And Soybean Fields Each Season To Improve Crop Yield This 'Duster'h In Demand By ALAN VAN ZELFDEN News Staff Writer : WINNIE, Texas-The flagger sat crosslegged in the hot powdery dirt of the soybean field. It was a lethargic afternoon, heavy with the sound of locusts and with the humidity of a Gulf breeze. Heat waves radiated from the parched earth and wrenched a patch of pines from the horizon. What first sounded like the drone of a bumblebee soon became the throb of a cropduster's engine. The flagger stood, dusted -his jeans and stretched. The sun felt good. It was such a hot afternoon. "Everyone asks for Jeff to dust their fields," the flagger said, brushing aside a stick-brown grasshopper that had flittered against Passing Parade By TERRY MacLEOD Anne Greene will be inducted into the Math National Honor Society this evening at Ball High School. . .It was a whom- ping reunion and birthday celebration at the home of Capt. D.R. (Doc) and Josephine Gardin during the weekend, with some 47 attending and representing five generations. The birthday gal was Josephine. Here for the barbecue and party were daughter Joyce Richnow of Pasadena, Janet McClain of San Antonio, Herman Koenig of San Antonio, Navy man Charles Stafford of Norfolk, Va., and Virgie Taylor, ( Classified Ads ] I Get FAST Results ij "! had at least 15 calls on my ad, and 10 people came bv My ad was successful I" says JUANITA KNAPP of 1421 Winnie in Galveston after renting out a garage apartment advertised for $187.50 per month. More than two-thirds of ail Galvestonians looking for rentals turn to The Galveston Daily News classified ads, according to a survey of 500 persons. Call one of our Ad-Visors today at 744-3611 to start your ad. mother of the honoree. Her brother, J.C. Cuccia of Port Arthur, came and brought along his barbecue gear for the party, which was out of this world. . .Charles J. Dettmar of 2089 Algonquin Drive, Westfield, N.J. 07090, was stationed at the Galveston Air Base during 1944 and 1945. He is trying to locate old copies of the airbase newspapers of those years. Any flyboys around who can help him out just drop him a line and let him know. He'll be most appreciative, he says. . .Mike Pistone and Theresa Hardee were married Saturday at St. Patrick's Church. He is among the management personnel at the Flagship Hotel... Kelley Dawn Scott is serving as a member of the North Texas 40 at North Texas State University in Denton. The NT 40 is a special corps of 40 student hosts and hostesses selected each year by a committee of university administrators and faculty after personal interviews. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Scott.. .Agnes Rltchie^put together a vegetable soup extravaganza during the weekend that is bound to last her for the fall and See PASSING Page 2A his shirt. "He's one of the best pilots M&M has because he doesn't waste time when he's dusting. Wait until his load eases up and you'll see what I mean." The cropduster came in low against the terse wind. Its corn-colored wings glistened in the Texas midday sun. Just as it seemed as if he were going to land, Jeff Jenkins leveled the cropduster off several feet above the field and released an amber carpet of Treflan, a chemical especially designed to kill weeds. . y Every? move-^the agile cropduster performed seemed to unconsciously tax Jenkins' 24 years of flying experience. He made several more runs over the Calendar Of Events Readied The Galveston Daily News publishes a monthly calendar of special events which is open to the public. Clubs and other nonprofit organizations planning benefit performances, fundraising barbecues or dances, or other events to which the public is invited are urged to submit information for use in the monthly calendar. The deadline for receipt of copy for the October calendar is Sept. 28. Items may be brought to The News on Teichman Road or mailed to Special Events Calendar, The Galveston Daily News, Box 628, Galveston 77553. field before coming in for one last swipe, aiming the duster at the flagger like an angry bumblebee. The rear wheel seemed to bob like a black stinger, waiting for a chance. After roaring by, the duster emptied its remaining load, pulled into a high-banked turn and headed back for more of the chemical. Jenkins guided the duster easily onto the makeshift runway where the wheels bounced : gracefully and then furrowed columns of dust as the plane taxied to a loading truck. With the engine idling, ; .jsJenkins wearily,puliedi'HisFsSTyear- old framefrora;thje cockpit. For years'; .Jenkins' has pushed back the day of his retirement. The^blame, for the most part, lies in the off- season when ,he begins yearning for the short freedom from many of his responsibilities, when he can live his days from sunrise 'to sunset, and nothing more. , r , Now, it seemed in- concievable .that it. had taken someone who handled a cropduster as well as he did three; seasons of flying to become comfortable in a plane. "The hardest time I've ever had was when I first began flying. I got up every morning and puked my guts out. When I first started, I'd go out and fly for the hell of it, trying to make myself comfortable. If I'm afraid of something, ! gc out and doit." Cropdusting, like many jobs in its category, has its risks. Yet, even with his two close brushes with death while dusting, Jenkins firmly believes that it's best to begin flying as soon as possible after any accident. "I really think if you worry and carry problems on your shoulders, then SeeCROPDUSTER Page2A SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A commercial jetliner approaching San Diego's Lindbergh Field collided at 3,000 feet Monday with a light plane flown by a private pilot on an instrument training run, plunging both craft in flames into a quiet residential neighborhood. Police confirmed 150 people were killed, making the crash America's worst air disaster. The dead included 135 people aboard the Pacific Southwest Airlines Boeing 727 jet, the private pilot, his instructor and 13 .people on the ground. Among the ground victims were five children and one woman whose charred bodies were found in one home, police said. One witness said a body^crashed through an automobile's windshield and killed the two occupants — 'a woman and baby. Police said five people were arrested on charges of looting, some trying to remove money and jewlery from the bodies of the dead, others searching through the wreckage. Eight people were taken into custody on charges of failing to disperse. Flaming chunks of wreckage and bodies crashed through the roofs of buildings in the North Park section of San Diego. Many fires were touched off. Ten homes were leveled and five others were badly damaged. One two-story, eight-unit apartment was left in ruins. The light plane, a single- engine Cessna 172, struck the jetliner's right wing. The PSA commuter jet then slowly rolled over, began breaking apart and plunged to earth. A PSA spokesman said the plane "came straight down" after losing the wing. He said the body hit the ground at a 45-degree angle. "Many more causalties might have resulted if the plane had come down at a lesser angle," the spokesman said. The Cessna crashed eight blocks away, and one witness said he saw a person climb out of the falling craft and make a futile attempt to open a parachute. "I looked up and heard what sounded like a bomb,'' Mrs. Joseph Alessio, a landlady in the area, said. "Then I saw the tail end of the plane come off, and two objects fell from the plane. I guess the first was part of the tail and the second a person." The victims aboard the jetliner included a three- man cockpit crew and three flight attendants as well as 17 PSA first officers, flight engineers and flight attendants — all members of crews return home from other flights. The collision occurred at 9 a.m. PDT. Bodies were strewn on rooftops, front lawns, backyards, the sidewalks and streets. Parts of bodies were seen dangling from trees in the neighborhood five miles from the airport. The Cessna had taken off from Montgomery Field, a general aviation airport, and was making an instrument landing at Lindbergh Field, the major airport for commercial flights. Marine Gunner}' Sgt. David L. Boswell, 35, Oceanside, Calif., was at the controls and he was accompanied by an unidentified instructor. A Marine spokesman said Boswell had several pilot's licenses including one for commercial multi-engine aircraft. Police Chief Bill Kolender said of the ground victims: "There have been several. There was a child, some adults. We don't know how many for sure. The intense heat of the fires didn't leave much of anything." One ground victim was identified as Darlene Watkins. Equipment To Repair Tide Gate Due In 3 To 4 Weeks County Commissioner Jack Lawrence told fellow members of the county commissioners court Monday that equipment to repair the Moses Lake tide gate in the hurricane protection should be here in the next three or four weeks. He estimated that the cost of repairing the gate would run from $25,000 to $30,000. The gate, which is a large guillotine-like structure, has been raised sufficiently to allow the tide to flow in and out of the Moses Lake area, but not to allow passage of boats in and out, Lawrence said. He said the gate was not damaged when a mechanical failure Friday caused it to fall about 15 feet, separating Moses Lake from Galveston Bay. Lawrence said he [ Weather j GALVESTON area forecast—Fair today and partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday. Mild nights with warm afternoons. High today and Wednesday in the low 80s. Low tonight in the low 70s. BOATING and recreation—Northeast and east winds 8 to 14 mph through tonight. Bay waters slightly choppy. FISHING-Fair. BEACH water temperature—80 degrees. By Hitchcock especially wanted to thank representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who were on hand more than 24 hours after the failure of the gate's hoisting machinery, : "We didn't make a'move without their advice," Lawrence said. In other ^business Menday, county commissioners: —Authorized Bob Ran- dall, director of the beach and parks department, to advertise for bids for road base material for 1.2 miles of two-lane access road in Jack Brooks Park. —Authorized' John,. S. Bauckman, curator- of'the Galveston Count.y Historical Museum, Ao employ Charles Bennett for the position of exhibit See COUNTY Page 2A La Marque OK's Budget News Mainland Bureau LA MARQUE —City councilmen Monday adopted a 1978-79 budget of $2,167,200 based on a tax rate of 53 cents per $100 valuation at 100 percent. Last year's rate was $1.60 per $100 at 54 percent. Key expenditures for the coming fiscal year include $831,213 for streets, marking a $150,393 increase over last year, $24,845 for parks, up $10,749 from last year, and $35,534 for the public library, up $12,263 from last year. Of the anticipated $2,167,200 in revenues, $831,213 is to come from property taxes, $696,724 from miscellaneous sources and $327,366 from the city sales tax. Included in the budget is a pay increase for city administrative positions averaging 9.5 percent. The council also passed on the first reading an ordinance creating a six- member building standards commission. The commission would provide assistance to the building inspector but would not serve an enforcement role. In other action, the council: —Voted to send to 13 local engineering firms requirements for the proposed surface water transmission system. —Agreed to a joint radio equipment purchase program for the city through the Houston- Galveston Area Council. Pre-Annexation Work Ordered News Mainland Bureau HITCHCOCK-City engineers were instructed to begin compiling information on a 891-acre section of the Mecom Industrial Tract in Hitchcock Monday, a prelude to annexation. City commissioners referred further action concerning that annexation to an Unscheduled workshop. City Tax Assessor- Collector Chuck Wilson said the commission "ought to take the best land first," since property with the highest resale value would bring the most taxes. Any land along the highway "would be a prime target for annexation," Wilson said. Responding to questions from the audience, Commissioner Carolyn Holt said all the land within the Mecom Industrial Tract is not owned by John W. Mecom, the only landowner in the tract who has paid a fee in lieu of taxes to the city of Hitchcock. Despite attempts to negotiate with Mecom on the fee, a Mecom representative requested at a special meeting that the city annex his property. The contract for past fees in lieu of taxes expired July 1978. The city first contracted with Mecom in 1961 with the agreement that he would draw industry to the area. The commission also announced its raise in water and sewer rates Monday night. Minimum water rates rose from $5.50 to $7.50 for See HITCHCOCK Page2A Check These TESTIMONY is likely to bring encouragement to JFK assassination buffs. PageSA. ISRAELI prime minister pleads with his people to surrender settlements in the Sinai in the interest of peace. PageSB. Other Features 6A Bridge ............ 9A Comics ........... 4B Contact ........... 7A Crossword ........ 5A Deaths ........... 2A Horoscope ........ 5A Marine Log.. ..... 4B Markets .......... 3A People, Family ...4A Police Beat ....... 2A Sports .......... 1-3B TV Listings ....... 9A Viewpoints ....... 6A Want Ads ....... 4-9B Weather .......... 4B

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