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THE OUR COUNTY: Police warn holiday revelers to not drink and drive. Page ,A9 GALVESTON COUNTY NATION: Republicans say surplus big enough to cut taxes nearly $1 trillion. Page A3 JULY 2,1999 Vol. 157, No. 83 SPORTS: Friendswood graduate plays starring role for Cincinnati Reds. Page Bl Inside The Fourth of July weekend is upon us andthere are many activities lined up for the entire weekend. To see what's going on where you live, check out today's Entertainment section. Juvenile scofflaws get unexpected police visit By SCOTT E. WILLIAMS The Daily News GALVESTON - For too long, officials say, too many youths have ignored citations they have received for truancy and curfew violations. On Thursday, many got a surprise when police officers came knocking on their doors. "We came to find out that too many kids are not complying with their community service," said Johnny Enriquez, director of the Galveston Boys and Girls Club. "Some of the juveniles were not even showing up at court." Enriquez said police and district attorney's office representatives worked to get a $47,000 grant from the governor's juvenile criminal justice division to pay for officers who will serve notice to anyone disregarding the law. "The message now is, 'They're coming to see you,"' Enriquez said. "For too long, they weren't being held accountable, and the D.A.'s office has probably had more pressing problems than chasing 9 See JUVENILE/Page A8 Officials got a $47,000 grant to pay for officers to serve notices to the youths. The U.S. women's World Cup team beat Germany 32 in the quarterfinals. TEXAS: More clues about Resendez-Ramirez The rail-hopping suspected serial killer tied to at least five Texas slayings apparently drove one victim's car 85 miles to the house of another, authorities confirmed Thursday. . 35 1 EXTRA: Puppy love takes another step HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Miss Millie ^ and Sir Frazier can wile away the dog days of summer in wedded bliss. The Yorkshire terriers were married Tuesday in a ceremony held partly to placate the young children of the dogs' owners. When plans were made to start breeding the two dogs, "the kids started saying, 'But they're not married,"' said Lora Holladay, Sir Frazier's owner. About 25 people attended the ceremony in Holladay's backyard. The bride wore a white veil of pleated silk organza and lace, while the groom wore an elastic bow tie. Miss Millie's owner's stepmother — in a high school graduation robe — presided over the ceremony, declaring the couple "dog and wife." The Associated Press Under fire A Johnnie Pate talks about his fireworks business outside one of his stands on state Highway 146 in Bacliff on Thursday. Fireworks ordinances will shut down half of Pate's fireworks stands, which account for about half of his annual income. (Photo by Kevin Bartram) Vendors getting burned by fireworks ban Ordinances banning fireworks are made in the name of safety. But they often blow a hole in the pocketbooks of vendors. By STEVE MAYO The Daily News BACLIFF — Two times a year for about 10 days, fireworks stands across the state light up. About 25 of them usually open in Galveston County. Johnnie Pate and his younger twin brother, Jerry, run 14 of those. The Pate brothers started selling fireworks 32 years ago in Dickinson after Jerry returned from Vietnam. "We didn't know a thing about it back then," JoKnnie Pate said. That's all changed now. And so have some of the rules. Federal Judge Vanessa Gilmore denied an injunction last week that would have allowed fireworks vendors to con- £-• Cops ready for Fourth, Page A9. ! tinue to operate in the extraterritorial jurisdictions of Texas City and League City. Most cities in the county ban fireworks within their limits. Texas City and League City amended their ordinances to ban the sale and possession of fireworks within 5,000 feet of their extraterritorial jurisdictions. The ban is designed to promote public safety, said League City Fire Marshal Wanda Martin. "It helps keep kids from getting injured," Martin said. "In a lot of cases, >•> See UNDER FIRE/Page A7 Landry's sued for alleged insider trading Company denies allegations in suit following stock drop By ALICIA GOODEN The'Daily News HOUSTON- Landry's Seafood. Restaurants Chairman Tilman Fertitta has been named as a defendant in a federal law-suit accusing the firm of insider trading and of falsely boosting the price of the company's stock. The suit also names Galveston County Sheriff Joe Max Taylor, a member of the company's board of directors. Steven Scheinthal, general counsel for Landry's and a defendant in the lawsuit, said it was not uncommon for companies to be sued when stock prices fell. He said the company denied all of the allegations in the lawsuit. "It has no merit whatsoever," he said. "We're not liable." Listed among the numerous allegations are that in late 1997, the company made false and misleading statements about the success of its new Joe's Crab Shack and Crab House restaurants and about a rapid expansion program that would add as many as 49 restaurants in 1998 and 1999. The suit claims the company stressed its ability to manage the rapid growth because of its state- of-the-art, sophisticated financial and operational control and its ability to attract and retain experienced managers for its restaurants. The suit also says that Landry's touted 1998 revenues of $440 million and 25-percent to 30- percent growth in earnings per share. After this announcement, the suit claims Landry's stock piices soared to a high of $29 ^ on March ••S> See LANDRY'S/Page A7 The suit names Landry's Seafood Restaurants Chairman Tilman Fertitta and Galveston County Sheriff Joe Max Taylor, a member of the company's board of directors. "I It has no merit whatsoever. We're not liable." Steven Scheinthal Landry's general counsel Q An item in The Daily News mis- tated the date for the Fourth of July Parade sponsored by Texas City Parks and Recreation Department. The parade starts at 3 p.m. Sunday. Line-up is at the Texas City High School stadium parking lot at 2 p.m. A fireworks display is scheduled for dark. We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information we report, and It Is our policy to correct errors promptly. Readers may bring mistakes to our attention by telephone at (409) 683-5200 or (800) 561-3611 or by fax at (409) 740-3421. ©1999 The Galveston County Daily News Woman accuses Moody Foundation of wrongful termination Tina Scheve, 31, of Dickinson, on Wednesday filed suit against the foundation in federal court. By MARTY SCHLADEN The Daily News GALVESTON — A woman is suing the Moody Foundation, claiming it fired her in April after learning she might have cancer. Foundation officials deny the claim and describe the woman as a disgruntled employee. Tina Scheve, 31, of Dickinson, on Wednesday filed suit against the foundation in federal court. She and her lawyer believe American National Insurance Co., which is controlled by the same family that controls the Moody Foundation, provided the results of her medical tests to the Moody Foundation before they were provided to Scheve. "This is just a disgruntled employee who was let go," said Harold McDonald, controller for the Moody Foundation. McDonald said he couldn't comment further on the suit. "Sure, she was disgruntled," said Scheve's lawyer, Mark Stevens. "Anybody would be disgruntled if they were fired for no reason, got the run-around when they asked why and then it appears they were fired to save health-care costs." In her complaint, Scheve said she worked performing clerical functions for about two years before she was fired April 20. Scheve underwent a Pap test on April 5, the complaint said. "Those services, like all others above, were provided by the health insurer for the Moody Foundation, i.e., American National Insurance, a company dominated and controlled by the same persons who sit at the head of the defendant," the complaint said. On May 28, she received results of the test, indicating she might have cervical, uterine or some other type of cancer. Not only was Scheve given no reason for her termination, she was promoted and received a $3,000 annual raise last August, the complaint said. Weather Partly cloudy with less than a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s inland, upper 80s at the coast. Lows in the upper 70s inland, lower 80s coast. GALVESTON BAY Southeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 5 to 6 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Small craft should exercise cautior. Reach water 84 degrees. See Weather, Page A2. Pick of the Day Texas Lottery On the Web... "Boy Meets \ World," 7:30 m., KTRK. Shawn and Jack get aljurprise visit from their errant father, who's trying to redeem himself. Pick-3: 8-8-8 Cash 5 Texas: 9-14-22-2930 Saturday's Lotto Texas drawing will be for a jackpot worth an estimated $14 million. Read The Daily News on the World Wide Web at httE'/Ywww .gajynews.com. Get the latest headlines and scores, or chat with your neighbors on the Internet! Index Classified Dl-10 Comics Bll Crossword BIO Movies C3 Obituaries A4 Opinion A10 Sports Bl-9 Television C9-10 e

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