Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on November 25, 1986 · Page 5
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Del Rio, Texas NEWS-HERALD, Tuesday, November 25,19M-SA San Antonio to beef up police patrols for upcoming convention , S . AN ANTONIO (AP) _ Downtown San An- tonlo will have extra police patrols during the upcoming National League of Cities convention because city officials do not want criminals to steal the spotlight from the city. "This is an opportunity for the city to look good, pol ce Capt. Jimmy Kopeck said Monday. we re going to have a lot of dignitaries visiting We re going to keep the downtown area clean." Several off-duty officers will be assigned to patrol inside the Convention Center in an attempt to cut down on crime. The off-duty officers will cost less than $10,000 and the money for the special security will come from the city's hotel occupancy test, Karen Kliewer, the city's intergovernmental relations director, said. The department's foot patrol and traffic divisions will be joined by the 19-officer Special Operations Unit in an effort to put a lid on downtown crime, said Kopeck, who is coor- dinatmg security efforts for the convention. "We'll be able to cover the convention without depleting any patrol areas," he said, noting the event is expected to draw 10,000 visitors to San Antonio. "You're not talking about a lot of money. A little overtime is about it." The convention begin next Saturday and will continue through Wednesday and is expected to pump about $5.5 million into the local economy. It coincides with the Rivec Parade and thcHouston 3street Festival that together will draw an estimated 140 officers to the downtown area Saturday. There are 72 police posts at the River Parade and 42 at the the three-day Houston Street Festival that begins Friday, according to Traffic Capt. Ed Flores. The cost of the overtime involved in events such as the convention is paid by the city, said Dale Jacobs, a police special projects officer. "The reality is that tourism is big business is San Antonio," Jacobs said. "We're talking about millions of dollars. It's understandable that we use city resources. We can't afford to let anything happen that would affect our ability to attract tourists. We'll be getting a lot of national attention." Although statistics show that the city's downtown area is one of the safer areas of the city, Lt. Amadeo Ortiz said there is a perception of high crime in the downtown area. "And if people believe that they'll stay away," Ortiz said. Woman accused in robberies Remains found in former teller's car STEPHENVILLE (AP) Human remains were found in a burned out automobile belonging to a former bank teller who had been indicted on charges of stealing between $9,000 and $10,000 from the bank, authorities say. Erath County Sheriff David Coffee said pathologists at the Southwest Insitute of Forensic Science in Dallas are attempting to determine if the remains were those of Rose Pallanez, 43, who owned the automobile. The woman had been indicted Nov. 19 on charges of embezzling money from the Stephenville Bank and Trust. She had been fired in September before the investigation into the missing money began. A deputy went to the woman's home Saturday morning to arrest her. The woman was dressed in a housecoat and asked for permission to be allowed to get dressed, call her lawyer and find someone to care for her grandchildren. She told the deputy she would then surrender at the jail. When the woman did not appear at the jail, the deputy returned to the home, Coffee said. The woman's boyfriend, Donnie Hale, 27, told the officer that the woman had left for the jail. The burned out hulk of her automobile was found several hours later in the Harbin community, about 10 miles southwest of Stephenville. Authorities said they found only a pelvic bone, backbone, skull fragments and ashes. A pistol was found in the front seat beside the remains, Coffee said. "We don't know that it's definitely her," Coffee said. "All we have are some ashes." "We're working it as a homicide until we find out different," the sheriff said. "It might have been suicide." Coffee said accidental death had been ruled out because of the intensity of the fire that consumed the automobile, "A car just normally doesn't burn like that," he said. He said it appears some type of fuel, such as gasoline or diesel fuel, had been used to start the fire. SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio area woman named in theft charges in St. Louis and Dallas is under investigation by nearly a dozen police departments across the country in connection with so-called "Mickey Finn" robberies, police say. Jacqueline L. Edmonds, 27, of Universal City, was arrested Monday at her home by police who had her home under surveillance for more than a week, police said. She was charged with felony theft on an arrest warrant issued two weeks ago in St. Louis, Mo. She was being held in the Bexar County Jail without bond pending her extradition to Missouri to face formal charges. Earlier, Edmonds was arrested in February in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound on a felony theft charge. She was accused of stealing more than $2,000 from William D. Phelps, director of travel for the Dallas Cowboys. Phelps told police at Dallas he met a woman in a nightclub there last Dec. 20 and accepted an invitation to meet her later at another location and have a drink. Phelps said his drink was spiked and when he awoke the next morning he found he had been robbed of the cash and seven credit cards. The woman is accused of picking up a businessman at a plus St. Louis hotel and going to a room and giving him a spiked drink. University City Police Lt. Chuck Dewey said she allegedly took off with $5,000 in cash and jewelry. A traffic violation just outside the St. Louis hotel was what led police to the Texas woman, Dewey said. THANKSGIVING DAY SERVICE FMST CHURCH OF CHMST, SCIENTIST Comer of Broadway & Griner Thursday, Nov. 27 10:30 A.M. No Collection Nursery Provided PUBLIC WELCOME overturns, reduces disciplinary measures HOUSTON (AP) - About 25 percent of disciplinary measures Imposed on Houston police officers during a seven-year period were overturned or reduced by an appointed police watchdog panel, The Houston Post reported in a copyright story. The newspaper reviewed 1,818 cases of alleged police misconduct brought before the Policemen's and Firemen's Civil Service Commission between 1977 and 1984. Current figures were not available because city officials told the newspaper that a new state law exempts the cases from public disclosure. Of the 1,818 cases reviewed, 275 officers appealed disciplinary action taken against them. Of the 275, the three-member panel overturned or reduced the punishment imposed on 67 officers, nearly one in four officers, the newspaper reported Monday, The commission also reinstated 10 of 97 fired officers. Many of the decisions made by the commission involved overturning written reprimands or reducing suspensions for minor Infractions, The Post said. The commission also reinstated several officers fired from the Houston Police Department. According to state law, commissioners could not ask whether an officer had a history of misconduct. "Sometimes after we would make our decisions, we would go back and look at the files we didn't see and go, 'Wow!'" said Percy Creuiot, a former com* minion vice chairman. The panel is appointed by the mayor to hear appeals of officers who are disciplined, It can reduce, but not increase discipline and its action can be appealed to state district court, Jerry Smith, city attorney and chairman of the commission from April Mag through April 1984, said there are many reasons for the panel's actions, "It makes sense that if the chief l» doing his proper job ... and il the commission is doing its proper job ... there will be some suspensions over turned or redwc- •4 but tAlt number probably Ideally should pe * fairly small percentage of the overall decision," he said. Send Flowers Here Or There! ADAMS FLOWERS "I just learned six good reasons to invest money through Edward D. Jones & Co. J.US. Government Guaranteed Bonds 4. Preferred Stocks 7.88% 7.25% 2. Federal Income Tax-Free* Municipal Bonds 5. Insured Federal Income Tax- Free' Municipal Bonds 7.3O% 7.OO% 3. Investment Grade Corporate Bonds 6. 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