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Galveston, Texas
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Tuesday, July 6, 1999
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GALVESTON COUNTY, TEXAS TUESDAY, JULY 6,1999 l)\in \IA\S A7 Penney pulls shirts deemed as offensive The Associated Press PLANO - There'll be no more trash-talkin' about women at J.C. Penney. The department store chain is pulling a line of basketball- themed T-shirts that targets young hoops-loving males with lines such as "Your game is as ugly as your girl," and "You like that move? So does your girl." A Washington feminist group says the "trash talk" line of apparel, manufactured by the Pennsylvania company ANDl Basketball, is offensive to women. If s a putdown of girls in the process of putting down a sports opponent," said Martha Burk, president of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy in Washington, D.C. "The strong implication is that girls are the property of boys to be traded like baseball cards. If s an insulting, dehumanizing thing, and we have enough incivility in society without this gender-based stuff." Burk said after several people contacted the center to complain about the shirts, she denounced the apparel in the center's newsletter, The Washington Feminist Faxnet." Company spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said the retailer got enough complaints that it no longer will carry shirts that specifically target women. Other ANDl apparel still will be available. Police Continued from Page A6 although many swimmers combined with choppy water kept lifeguards busy. Peter Davis, assistant director of beach patrol, said perhaps the weekend's greatest save came from a Lewisville man vacationing on the island. On Sunday evening, two men flipped over while on their personal watercraft near the East End, he said. Both men tried swimming to shore, and one man removed his lifejacket. Anthony Foust was riding a personal watercraft nearby and saw the man without the life- jacket struggling to stay above water. Beach patrol officers were too far away, so Foust sped over to the man and grabbed his hand, pulling him onto his vehicle, Davis said. "I think he might have been going under for the last time," Davis said. "Mr. Foust grabbed him at the last second. I certainly thanked him before he left." Various municipalities report no major crimes Police in Dickinson, League City, Friendswood, Santa Fe, Hitchcock, La Marque and Kemah, as well as the Galveston County Sheriff's Department, reported no major crimes or arrests Monday. Burglaries Continued from Page A6 last year's statistics, Goad was unable to speculate on the cause. The police department recently released a list of tips to help remind people of simple ways in which they can protect themselves against being burglarized. "This is a wake-up call that this can happen to you," Goad said. "The people here have worked long and hard for the things they have. We don't want some unemployed burglar taking advantage of our citizens." Should a burglar strike La Marque and be caught, Goad said he'd be happy to allow him or her Residential burglaries reported to the La Marque Police Department: March 1998 —22 March 1999 —30 April 1998 —25 April 1999 —13 May 1998 • May 1999 - •21 •30 Jan. 1 to May 30,1998 —136 Jan. 1 to May 30,1999 —155 to stay in the "nice facility" set aside to house such people. "We have an equal-opportunity jail and plenty of space," Goad laughed. Mayor Continued from Page A6 repaid with increased efficiency and direction. • A $475,000 proposal to renovate and expand city hall. McDuffie says the changes are needed to house the city's emergency medical services, fire department, and police department. Some residents say they are upset that an earlier proposal for a cheaper annex was scrapped, that more than $3,000 was paid for architectural drawings, and that they haven't been consulted about the plans. • A switch in insurance carriers. Some citizens worried that the move from Galveston Insurance Associates to the Texas Municipal League, and a purported savings of $3,000, was little more than sleight of hand. Dennis said that confusion might have arisen when flood coverage wasn't switched immediately. He said the Galveston Insurance Associates policy had to run out before Texas Municipal League's coverage began. Several other issues, from the appointment of a mayor pro-tern to erosion control, have sparked community arguments. Resignations and an election have left Galli the only alderman who has been around since the controversies began. Some say a new mayor, along with a fresh council, could be the antidote to a divided city. "It's good to have a shake-up like this," Stohlman said. Vic Pierson, the mayor pro- tem, said that it's hard to understand what personal agendas Dennis meant when he resigned. The council hasn't made any substantive decisions since the May election, he said. Doctor's anger ends with murder, suicide The Associated Press SOUTHLAKE - A doctor infected with rage over an apparent custody dispute crossed half the country and shot his ex-wife to death before putting the gun under his chin and killing himself Monday. Police said Scott Chester Stone Jr., 32, of Tarboro, N.C., ambushed his former wife, Marisa Deneen Jackson, as she took a morning jog around a lakeside path. Jackson had been staying with her ex-husband's sister, whose house was visible from the spot where her husband shot her several times before walking down the path and shooting himself around 8 a.m. The killings leave two daughters, ages 6 and 8, without parents. A divorce court in North Carolina last week awarded the mother custody of the girls, whose names were not released. Family members said there was no warning or indication trouble was on the horizon, Southlake police spokesman Robert Finn said. "It was, from the family's standpoint, unexpected," Finn said. "You never know what precipitated it. Crimes like this cross every known socioeconomic boundary." Jackson and her daughters 11 was, from the family's standpoint, unexpected. You never know what precipitated it. Crimes like this cross every known socioeconomic boundary." Robert Finn Southlake police spokesman apparently had been staying with Stone's sister and her husband so the girls could perform in a violin recital in Dallas over the weekend, Finn said. Stone knew where his wife was, he said. "One of the conditions of the custody agreement was that he could have the girls for six weeks in the summer," Finn said. "Apparently, he was told that he could pick up the children in Dallas if he wanted to." Stone did not tell his wife or his sister he was coming to Texas, Finn said, and investigators were trying to find out when and how he arrived here. Detectives believe Stone hid in a wooded area to wait for his ex-wife before shooting her. "Obviously, he probably knew (the morning jog) was a regular thing for her," Finn said. He walked about a quarter- mile down the path before shooting himself, police said. A person riding a bike along the path saw the bodies and called police. Neighbors in the well-manicured subdivision were thunderstruck at the killing. Some thought the gunshots were firecrackers left over from the Fourth of July. "You just don't expect something like this to happen," said Patsy DuPre, a Southlake city councilwoman who lives across the street from Stone's sister. The last time it happened here, it was domestic." The couple, who lived in North Carolina until their divorce, apparently met while at medical school in Chicago. According the American Medical Association's directory, both Jackson and Stone attended medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, with Jackson graduating in 1990 and Stone the following year. Both lived in North Carolina until the divorce, when Jackson moved to Ypsilanti, Mich. / The medical association lists Jackson's specialty as internal medicine, and her employer as Parke-Davis. She apparently worked at the pharmaceutical company's research center near the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. A security guard who answered the phone at the facility said a Marisa Jackson did work there. Stone was a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and lived in Tarboro, N.C. The directory did not list his place of employment. Monday's killing was only the second time murder has visited Southlake, a fast-growing, upscale suburb of 20,000 people located roughly 15 miles north of Dallas, since its incorporation in 1956. The last murder in Southlake also stemmed from domestic problems. In 1994, computer consultant Terrence O'Regan stabbed his wife Lori, 34, to death in the master bedroom of his house. Police found her body wrapped in plastic and stuffed in a box. O'Regan, who fled to Key West, Fla., before turning him? self in, was upset over an impending divorce. Before the O'Regan murder, the last slayings inside what are now the city limits of Southlake came courtesy of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker's gang, Finn said. Deaths of undocumented immigrants decline in Texas The Associated Press McALLEN — Fewer undocumented immigrants have died trying to traverse South Texas this year despite fears that even more people would die this summer than during last year's heat wave. In the Border Patrol's McAllen sector, 13 people have died so far this year. Eighteen immigrant deaths were documented during the same period a year ago, The Monitor of McAllen reported Monday. Kenedy County, made up of vast ranchland and few cities, is one of the deadliest stretches for immigrants attempting to make it north to cities such as Houston, Seven undocumented immigrants have died this year in Kenedy County while attempting to circumvent the Sarita checkpoint. On June 26, Kenedy County Sheriff Rafael Cuellar Jr. found a man, dead apparently from dehydration, leaning against a tree. Cuellar speculated the 42- year-old from Mexico had grown weary and disoriented while traversing the brush. In neighboring Brooks County, another dangerous place for undocumented immigrants, there have been no such deaths this year. Chuck Roberson, the Border Patrol agent in charge of the Falfurrias station, said recent rains have filled wells that immigrants encounter on their journey and mild temperatures also have helped. "We've been real fortunate this year." Roberson said. "We haven't encountered anyone in the brush seriously suffering from exposure, let alone dead." The Border Patrol kicked off a summer safety initiative earlier this year, stepping up -efforts to aid immigrants while discouraging them from crossing into the United States through public service announcements. The initiative was implemented before summer because the Border Patrol anticipated a hotter and deadlier season. About 150 undocumented immigrant deaths across the nation have been attributed to drowning, exposure to the elements, accidents and other causes since October, compared with 128 during the same period last year, said Tomas Zuniga, spokesman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Critics say that efforts to crack down on illegal immigration have pushed immigrants to more desolate and dangerous routes. The Border Patrol, however, consistently blames immigrant smugglers for the heat deaths. "The smugglers are the ones who are putting these people in jeopardy, not the U.S. Border Patrol," said Assistant Border Patrol Chief Rey Garza. Statistics indicate that fewer undocumented immigrants have been caught in the McAllen sector. Between January and July this year, 105,291 undocumented immigrants were caught in the sector's 19 counties, compared to 129,185 dur- ing the comparable time period in 1998. Garza said the decrease in apprehensions means fewer people are crossing through the sector. Meanwhile, apprehensions in the Del Rio sector have soared, leading to speculation that immigrants are now targeting entry points northwest of the Rio Grande Valley. "A lot of aliens are moving upriver," Roberson said. 2114 Sealy Galveston, TX ^Complete systems * Service & upgrades * Networks *Web hosting & design (409) 762-3890 ACSolutions@Earthlink,Net n WRECKS PONT BE A VICTIM A SECOND TIME! Auto accident victims should not be victimized again by insurance company and auto repair rip-offs. Call for a free booklet that explains your rights to a rent car, quality repairs and insurance benefits. The Enos Law Firm, P.C. 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