The News from Friendswood, Texas on December 22, 1977 · Page 1
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December 22, 1977

The News from Friendswood, Texas · Page 1

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The News vriiFR EDITIONS SERVING HARRIS COUNTY "!'nND CLASS POSTAGE PAID FHIENUSWOUU, TEXAS THURSDAY, DECEMBER ft. 1077 VOLUME 8 ISSUE 1 FIFTEEN CENTS Stop That Car Call Brings A Police Pile-up They Tried In Friendswood, Alvin And Pearland Before Freeway Fugatives Race Blew Out In Pearland By Pat Faour NEWSSaH PEARLAND - .A ouston man, Marvin oyce. led the police I'ficers of Friendswood, llvin, Pearland, and Icputlcs from Harris nd Brazorla Counties n a merry chase Sun•X- The Incident Sunday ight began when iarrts County Deputy xrttle Brewer and his artner saw a green Pontlac GTO pass them at 80-90 miles an hour on the Gulf Freeway going south. When Joyce sped off on to FM 528, Brewer radioed for assistance from the Friendswood However, Joyce was too fast and the Friendswood road block was too late to catch him. As Joyce continued on FM 528 toward Alvln, the officers radioed ahead to the Alvln Police and Brazorla County dcputys. Once again Joyce was too fast for the roadblock, and the Alvln and Brazorla County officers missed him. Reportedly racing at speeds In excess of 100 miles per hour, Joyce decided to head north on Highway 35 toward Pearland to give the officers In that city a chance to stop him. But before the Pearland officers got their chance, Joyce blew an ConUnucd on Pate 4 Alert Officer Prevents $5000 Shingle Rip Off FRIENDSWOOD Alert Investigation by p rlendswood officers Rick Brown and Sgt. im Holland, avorteda ;,OUU burglary Sunday night. Brown, while on pat- ol. observed a large U-Haul truck on the Camp Manlson proper- y. The truck appeared o be stuck, Brown said, and the motor was still running and the lights xerc on. The Friendswood of fleer could find no one at the scene, but did fine two jackets. Brown then noticed someone had cut a lock off the gate, and a tire tool was in the front seat. A cedar shingle was on the rear fender. Brown called for assistance from Sgt. Holland who set up a watch on the truck. However, no one showed up while he watched and waited. On investigation, the truck was found to have been loaded with 500 bundles of cedar shingles valued at $5,000. When dusting for fingerprints, Detective Jim Palmlre, found a contract for the rental of a truckmade out to James Washington from Roy Thornton Rental, 4500 OST. The mileage traveled was 31 miles. A check found that Washington was from Rt 2. Box 22C, Richmond Pnlmire contacted Ft. Bend County and obtained information and a photo of Washington. He was Identified by the owner of the U-Haul. and warrants are now out for the arrest of James Henry Washington, charged with felony theft and criminal trespass. Palmire said due to the alterness of the patrol officer, Brown, a large burglary was averted, and charges filed on the suspect. Hwy 288 Worker Mangled In Cement Mixer LOCAL - John Knight, 23, of Houston suffered extensive Injuries Tuesday night when he became caught In the belt of a cement layer at a construction site at the by-pass of state highway 288 off of County Road 02. Knight was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. A spokesman for the hospital, Nasha Ridley, said both of Knight's legs would probably have to amputated. Knight was listed In critical condition late Tuesday night. It took rescue teams from the Friendswood and Pearland Volunteer Fire Departments using blow torches and electric saws about an hour to extract Knight from the belt of the cement layer. Letha Camp, Friendswood Ambul- Continued on page 2 Thanks Chief FOBMEB Pearland lire chltf T«wi Crawfwd wa» awarded an »PP"«'« t '?.° plaque at the department a awraal ChrMsM party Me* accepting the tribute fram present chief Doyle Graaad, Sill fee movlnc from Pearland after the first of the year. Audel Phot*. AN on the ground collision between two small planes at Pearland airport Sunday left one man dead and one plane broken In ball. Audel Photo. Blind Spot On Airstrip Possible Cause He Tried To Miss Them PEARLAND - The collision of two single engine aircraft at Pearland Municipal Airport Sunday afternoon may have been due to the failure of one of the pilots to observe a plane landing on the runway. As a result, the FAA has suggested that a sign be placed at the field, warning that aircraft 'taking off \fj the east may lose visual contact with aircraft landing from the south. The collTsloh, which took place about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, resulted In the death of one of the pilots and left his wife seriously Injured. Peter Stovall, 49. of 2106 Stonecrcst In Houston, died Sunday night after exploratory surgery, according to a Hcrmnnn Hospital spokesman. His wife. Alice, 50, was listed In poor condition at Ben Taub Hospital late Monday afternoon. The pilot of the second plane, Fred Peck of 9530 Mykawa in Houston and an unidentified passenger were not injured In the mishap. Jim Dukes, manager of Pearland Municipal Airport, snid Stovoll's plane was taking off to the east when it collided with Peck's southbound plane which had just landed. He estimated the Stovall plane was traveling at about 70 mph while Peck's was going about 50 mph. Both planes were on the ground when the accident occured, Dukes said. rniillniK-d On I'agr I 30 Acre Lake Site Approved By Friendswood City Council FRIENDSWOOD Louis Letzerlch and Charles C. Kllgore received a specific use permit to construct a san pit on 40 acres of land off Windamere Road. The pair, doing business as Sand Inc., received the approval from the Friendswood City Council with their agreeing to a number of conditions. The sand pit will be no deeper than 37 feet. Permit Will Allow Sandpit To Operate Then Hole Will Be Filled With Water And Stocked With Fish and sloped from the sides. In addition, after completion of the sandpit the holewlll be filled In with water and stocked as a 30 acre lake. The additional ten acres on the site would be used as park sites. Conditions included all city, county, state and environmental laws would be followed, assurance bonds purchased In the event of default, assurance the hole left by the removal of sand would not be used as a sanitary landfill, proper drainage be afforded, and annual inspection by the city be allowed. Councilman Tom Lay said fundamentally, he questioned the project with its planned use as a lake. "However, we do like to see a mnn get what use he can out of his land." "I have checked Into the area since last Monday's workshop and found It Is a bad area, swampland, its sole i purpose up to now has been to hold the earth .' together." Lay quipped. "I do wish the lake would not be attractive to the young people as I think it will be. How- CiinlliiuFil on H.IKI- 4 PISD Revaluation May Be Shocker News Check Shows Some School Taxes May Increase 100 Percent By Bruce Guynn and Don Carpenter MEWS Stall LOCAL - Residents In Pearland may be in for a shock when the tax assessor's office of the Pearland Independent School District comp- pletes Its re-evaluation of property next year. Some homeowners may find that their school taxes have increased by as much as 100 percent. A random survey showed a wide dlscre- pency, In many instances, between the school district'* valuation of a home and the home's market price. One home on Lynwood, which recently sold for $60.000, was evaluated at 43.4 percent ol it* market price Another home on Churchill, which recently sold for $52.000, was evaluated at 52.8 percent of Its market price. Still another home on Livingston, which recently sold for $45.500 was evaluated at 75.5 percent of its market value. This discrepcncy is not unique to Pearland. A random survey revealed a similar gap between the school tax assessor's valuation and the market price of homes In Friendswood. In one Instance, a home off W. Edgewood which recently sold for $58,500, was evaluated at 22.6 percent of its market value. In another case, a house on Merriman Court which recently went for $51,250, was evaluated at 50 percent of Its market price. In a third Instance, a house on Palmalrc which recently sold for $62,000 was appraised at 80.2 percent of Its market value. One local realtor said that newer homes In both communities tend to appraise more closely to their market price than older ones. Revaluation of all property in the district is expected to close the wide variance In property valuations and real market price. In addition, the revaluation may solve the puzzle why the total tax rolls of the PISD are almost identical to those ol Friendswood. Both districts have about the same school tax rate. In Pearland. the school tax is $1.80 per $100 valuation while in Friendswood it is $1.84 per $100 valuation. But the PISD has a larger area and population and a greater volume of business and light industry. The Pcnrland School District covers 43 square miles while the Friendswood School District covers only about 15 square miles. The population of Pearland Is roughly 2,500 more than Friendswood. The soles taxes in Pearland were $311,000 ns compared to $128.000 in Friendswood last year NEWS Closes Dec 26 The December 26 issue of the NEWS will be last Issue until Thursday, January 5. The NEWS offices will be closed from December 24 to January 3. Classified deadlines for the January 5th issue will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 3. Classified deadlines for the December 26th Issue will be December 22 at noon. i I

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