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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Tuesday, August 17, 1971
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2-A CORPUS'CHRIST I TIMES, Tues., Aug. 17, 1971 City Awaiting Pay Guideline City Manager Marvin Townsend said this morning that he is still awaiting specific guidelines from Washington on whether the -wage freeze imposed by President Nixon will affect the blanket pay raises granted city employes in the new budget. Although the raise was effective in the budget adopted Aug. 1, the Presidential order makes reference to prevailing wages during the 30-day peri- of The Times Compiled From Times Wire Services - ; -A,, Three-month-old WILLIAM OKRONGLIS of Mount Carmel, Pa., did what anyone else would have done when he received a tax bill he shouldn't have --he crumpled it up. The baby received an occupational assessment tax bill of 531.85. The tax assessor could not offer any explanation for the error and told · the parents to "just forget it." Tim Burton Wearing wrinkled brown trousers, orange socks, t a blue trench coat and canvas shoes with tassled ; strings, TINY TIM wielded a shovel yesterday to help · beautify downtown Baltimore. He joined WILLIAM : DONALD SCHAEFER-, the city's acting mayor, for a I tree-planting ceremony. "Now that you've started ° this, we'll try to get all dignitaries who come to Balti'. more to follow this tradition," Schaefer said. The : entertainer planted three myrtle trees. The ceremony, · during the height of rush-hour traffic, ended with a "flourish as three cars were involved in rear-end ; collisions while passing Tiny Tim and several Play; boy bunnies. Among hundreds of thousands who have received · applications to join and support the Friends of the · FBI, an organization dedicated to the proposition I that the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and its · director J. EDGAR HOOVER, are exemplary institu- 1 tions, is the REV. DANIEL BERRIGAN. Berrigan ; received his application at his current residence, the ; Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn. He filled it out, putting in his prison number, and as'. sured the Friends that indeed he would like to join. ; But he noted that he wasn't in a position at the mo- · ment to send a contribution. American producer JOSEF SHAFTEL announced ·yesterday in London that RICHARD BURTON will : play the role of LEON TROTSKY, the Russian revolu- ;tionary, in a film called "The Assassination of Trot- · sky." The film will be made in Mexico where Trotsky ; was murdered in exile in 1940. His assassin was ; believed to be an agent of JOSEF STALIN, Trotsky's · archrival in a Kremlin power struggle. Burton is also t scheduled to play another Communist leader -- Yugo- t slav PRESIDENT TITO -- in another film about the · Yugoslav liberation straggle in World War II. ; North Texas Lawmen ;To Study Murder Data " DALLAS ffl -- Officers from la dozen North Texas law enforcement agencies met here -today to compile information ton several brutal murders of -women. They will try to deter- Imine whether there is a link. ; The information will be fed ·into a computer, Sheriff Clar- ;'ence Jones said yesterday, to : see if there is a "common de, nominator." Jones said the computer will p r o c e s s facts about the crimes, the physical evidence, the "psychological factors" and might help officers decide whether one man did the crimes. Police authorities in Massa- chusetts considered using a. computer during the 'hunt for the Boston Strangler, Jones said. Odessa police also have asked to take part in -the investigation. Three West Texas women have been murdered and their killers still are at large. Similar patterns exists in the three and those in the Dallas area. The list of unsolved murders increased last week with the death of Mrs. Carolyn Montgomery who was found with a knife in her throat in her North Dallas apartment. Four or five other key cases which have baffled police will also be reviewed. .od ended Aug. 14, and thus .might apply to the raise. A question has also come up at City Hall about whether the freeze affects,- step increases that occur automatically after a certain period of time on the job. .Ron Jones, acting city personnel officer, said his office has been swamped with inquiries from the various departments. Townsend this morning also went over the agenda for torn o r r o w 's regular council meeting that starts at 2 p.m. A series of routine items are scheduled and approval of an application for a matching $400,000 federal grant for storm sewer improvements in the Gardendale area. Prior to the regular council meeting,, councilmen will meet for lunch in the Sheraton Marina Inn with the Marina Advisory Board, one in a continuing series of meetings the council is having with its boards and commissions. Last night the council met with the Muncipal Arts Commission and heard complaints that the commission feels many of its recommendations are ignored. Councilmen assured the group that it is interested in the commissions work. Two previous recommendations w e r e renewed: That the city hire an architect to design landscaping for the Bayfront Science Park; and establish as a policy the dedication of Vfa per cent of budgets for public buildings for art. It was also suggested that the city might use some of the new $229,000 federal unemployment grant to hire an architect for the Science Park landscaping project. The city was notified last week of the grant, which must go to hire persons out of work for at least' a week. A program to spend the. money is now being designed. Lowell Gaut, an assistant to Townsend, left this morning for Fort Worth, regional headquarters for the Department of Labor, to get additional information. Jones, the acting personnel officer, said that following publication . of information about the grant his office has received dozens of requests for jobs. School for Grossing Guards Police Sgt. W. J. Chalko of the Traffic Section is shown instructing in the five-day school for local school crossing guards which began yesterday morning at the police station. Some 29 women are attending the school before being assigned as crossing guards at local schools when school begins Sept. 1. The women are being given instruction in traffic laws, traffic direction, first aid and public relations as well as a number of other subjects. Sgt. Jimmy Thompson and patrolman Leonard Scott also are instructing the class. DISCUSSION OF BUSING DUE ON RADIO A panel discussion on the controversy over the busing of students in the court-ordered pupil reassignment plan will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. today on radio station KCCT. Scheduled to take part in the program will be Dr. Dana Wil- 1 i a m s, superintendent of schools; Paul Montemayor, civil rights representative for the United Steelworkers; Arturo Vasquez, a member of the school board, and Dr. James Tempesta and David Saenz, opponents of the busing plan. Listeners will be invited to phone questions to the panelists by calling the control room number at the station. The program will be -moderated by Hector Rodriguez, program director. During the last four months before The First State Bank of Aransas Pass failed to open on Sept. 2,1969, officials of the ·bank were severely criticized by banking authorities, Luther Van Elliott testified today. Elliott is, so far, the only witness called in the federal court trial of Louis L. Seiffert Jr. The two men were charged jointly with conspiracy to misapply bank funds. Elliott was president of the bank and Seiffert was chairman of the board during the two years before the bank failed. Judge Owen D. Cox excused the jury from the courtroom at 11:20 a.m. before allowing prosecuting attorneys to question Elliott about loans made to Charles "Chips" Morris and about plans Morris had to buy the bank. The jury was asked to/return at 2:30 p.m., when testimony will be resumed. However, Cox ruled that the testimony given immediately be- Sharp Says Wife of Bank Examiner Got Stock Loan HOUSTON m -- In another copyrighted story, the Houston Chronicle said today that Frank W. Sharp has given sworn testimony that he arranged for National Bankers Life Insurance Co. stock to be purchased by the wife of a federal bank examiner who was checking books at the Sharpstown State Bank. Both companies are now defunct. The story quoted Sharp as testifyingTjefore the Securities and Exchange Commission last week that the 1968 purchase was made through the account of Will Wilson, former Texas attorney general and then Sharp's lawyer. Arranged Loan The Chronicle quoted Sharp as saying in a sworn deposition he arranged a loan of "between $5,000 and $10,000" for the stock purchase by the wife of Ted Bristol, who since has resigned as an examiner for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Bristol, now living in Dallas, was quoted by the Chronicle as saying he did not want to comment on Sharp's testimony until he could read it in full." "I'd rather not make any comment at this time," Bristol said. The Sharpstown bank now is being liquidated after shutting down some nine days after Sharp was named the central defendant in an SEC civil in- junction suit filed Jan. 1 in Dallas and alleging stock manipulation. National Bankers Life Insurance Co., also has gone into receivership since then. Wilson now is head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington. Some defendants in the SEC case have charged that 2 Arraigned in juana Case Freed on Bond Two of three men arraigned before U.S. Magistrate James C. Martin y e s t e r d a y on charges of conspiring · to illegally import 28 pounds of marijuana into the United States from Mexico have been released on $1,500 bond each. Martin said this morning he set bond on each of the three at $1,500 following an arraignment hearing in his office yesterday. Released on bond were Frank Gary Clement, 21, 5818 San Saba, and Larry Michael Williams, 20, 5421 Eden Lane. Being hel din lieu of the $1,500 bond is Gerald Steven Williams, 21,1048 Collingswood. A fourth man believed involved still is at large. The three were arrested near a roadside park south of Sarita Sunday by U.S. Border Patrolmen and U.S. Customs agents. The marijuana allegedly was found hidden near the park. the former Democrat who turned Republican instigated the SEC probe. Wilson has denied the charge. In today's story, the Chronicle quoted Sharp as testifying the Bristol loan and stock purchase came shortly after he obtained control of the insurance company in July, 1068, from former Gov. Allan Shivers for $7.5 million. Controlled Company Sharp said he arranged the loan through the First Investment Co., which he controlled. The Chronicle quoted Sharp as telling SEC lawyer James Sims: "As I remember the instance, Mr. Bristol was out by the Sharpstown State Bank on an inquiry whether or not the Sharpstown State Bank was going to object to some new charter. And while he was visiting us, I belieye the subject of the conversation was that I was toying with -- that Will Wilson was negotiating to try to buy the National Bankers Life Insurance Co., that Mr. Allan Shivers had control of and I said I was quote enthused over it and I thought Mr Wilson was, because he h;id bought some stock in it himself. And he (Bristol) said, 'well, would certainly like to buy I some stock in, it. If you and Will Wilson have tha't much enthusiasm, I would like to buy some myself.' " Policy Rates Frozen fore the noon recess would not be allowed to be heard by the jury. Elliott identified Morris as the owner of Centex Construction Co. He said that on May 15, 1969, a $100,000 loan was made to Morn's and the money was left in a bank account so that Morris could show it for credit purposes in order to obtain a bond for his business. The witness, after discussing several loans made to Morris and checks given by him on his account in the bank, said that Moms had expressed an interest in buying the Aransas Pass bank. Elliott testified that Seiffert instructed him to make a loan of $100,000 to ·Morris and that Morris gave aj. check for .$100,000 as earnest money on Aug. 16, 1969, the same day he signed a contract to buy the bank. The line of testimony indicated that Morris had borrowed money from 1 the bank to use in buying the bank. Under close questioning by Theo W. Pinson, assistant U.S. attorney, Elliott said that the check given by Morris was delivered to the bank at 4:45 or 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 and that Sieffert ordered him (Elliott) to get the check paid that day, even though Morris had on the same day given a check for $191,000 to Corpus Christi Brick Lumber Co. and there was not sufficient money in this account to cover both checks. Defense attorneys argued that this testimony related to Navigation Board Okays Two Requests The board of commissioners of the Nueces County Navigation District this morning approved the second reading of a franchise request by E. I. DuPont de Nemours Co. to build docks and wharves on the north shore of Corpus Christi Bay. The reading was one of sev- enal franchise matters discussed at the meeting of the commissioners. The second reading ' of a franchise renewal for 30 years was approved for docks at' Southwestern Oil Refining Co. The board also approved a ,10-year extension on a lease of 2.12 acres by Brown Express Co. and a transfer of a franchise from Robert B. Ganvood to M. and M. Sales Co. Final readings on the DuPont and refinery franchise proposals are scheduled at 10 a.m. next Tuesday. AUSTIN m -- The State Board of Insurance said today that any automobile insurance rate increases would bo deferred for the duration of P r e s i d e n t Nixon's 90-day wage-price freeze. Gov. Preston Smith also announced that Washington officials now say the freeze order will not affect the state em- ployes pay raise due Sept. 1 or teachers pay raises. "We do understand however," the governor said, "that insurance rate increases and Texas Railroad Commission rate hearings will be frozen." The Railroad Commission meets tomorrow to set monthly allowable for crude oil production. The auto insurance premium hikes had been expected the latter part of this week, effective Sept. 1. "While the action of the President may or may not constitute a limitation on the legal authority or duty and responsibility of state officials, nevertheless, the members of the State Board of Insurance believe it is necessary to defer the rate adjustment in order to learn what impact the President's action may have on rate adjustments affecting automobile insurance," said a statement from the board. The action followed the ap- peal yesterday of Atty. Gen. Crawford Martin to Secretary of the Treasury John B. Connally. Martin asked for a special exception for Texas in the wage-price freeze order because it affected state em- ,ployo pay raises and other spending authorized by the last legislature but not yet effective until Sept. 1, the beginning of the state's new business year. Counts 6 and 7 of the indictment, which charge Elliott, but not Seiffert, with criminal acts. " Earlier in his second day of testimony, Elliott said he and Seiffert were called to Dallas on May 21, 1969, for a meeting with Q u i n t o n Thompson of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., a federal agency which insures deposits up to $15,000 in the event a bank fails. Elliott .said that he and Seiffert also had later meetings with Thompson and with state banking, authorities in Austin, with Thompson present. He said that they were told that if some of the large loans in the bank were not liquidated the bank's FDIC insurance coverage would be canceled. The National headquarters of Miss Teenage America, Inc., in Dallas likes to keep in touch with former candidates^ but we've lost a girl;- from-. your area. She is Jeanne Lindmian, who was Miss Teenage Corpus Christi in 1962. M. G., Dallas. Jeanne Lindeman is now Mrs. Jerry' Klein of Pine, Colo., and the mother of a 7-year-old girl and twin boys who will be 3 in November. We are sending . you her address. · . « · ; · . . Can you tell me any of the history of an allegedly "haunted house" about 20 miles south of Hebbronville on the Zapota Road? It is a chateau-type house and has the name, Jesus Maria, on its gates. N. A. Mrs. 'Quita Mitchell, Chamber of Commerce manager and county librarian, tells, us it is not really haunted. Some of the people around town probably told you it was haunted because it sits way off the road and most of the time no one is there except a caretaker. The original house was built probably shortly after the turn of the century, about the time Wilbur P. Allen married Josephine Houghton, the daughter of John Houghton. Their son, John Koughton Allen, author of "Southwest" and a number of magazine articles, built an addition to the house in 1937, including the part that Rives it the chateau effect. He had studied art in France. When Allen decided to move to California, where he now lives, he sold his interest in the house to his half-brother, Thomas M. Allen. Thomas M. Allen, a Corpus Christi petroleum engineer, still owns it and spends a weekend there every month or so. . It's a very strongly-built house, with 12-inch thick walls, he says. Inside are beautiful murals on the walls, and on the second floor is a piano that had to be hoisted up from the outside because it was too big to get in through the door. Allen said he tried to call the house Josefina for his father's wife, but the name, "Jesus Maria," is on the gate and won't come off . Also on the gate is the original cattle brand of the ranch, "TX." · « 9 . Can you give me Johnny Bench's address? M. C. You can write to the home run slugger in care of the Cincinnati Reds, 100 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. · · · Do ACE trading stamps have any value, and, if so, where can they be redeemed. R. · S, Action Line first checked a self-styled expert on trading stamps, his wife, and she didn't know. She is no longer an expert. Then he tried Ed Rosenwasser's, which trades 'In stamp books, and was told to try Gold Bond Gift Center. Gold Bond bought out ACE not too long ago and still accepts ACE stamps. A- book of them is worth about $3 in merchandise at the Gold Bond Center, 110 Tarlton. . . ' ] dri I was driving peacefully along Laguna Shores Road when wham! I hit a chughole in the street and bent the rim of my wheel and may have damaged my t-irc* J · iVli ?V* , street department patched the hole in the block of Laguna Shores, and you tell us that it appears that the recent rains haven't caused anv more erosion. y

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