The Monitor from McAllen, Texas on March 4, 1995 · 40
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The Monitor from McAllen, Texas · 40

McAllen, Texas
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Saturday, March 4, 1995
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4D Saturday, March 4, 1995 THE MONITOR, McAlIen, Texas VALLEYSTATE ENNIS: Aviation .... " . Landry's plane makes forced landing next to high school The Associated Press thorities said there were no apparent injuries or damage. Upon experiencing engine problems, Landry put the single-engine Cessna down in a field west of Ennis High School, just off Texas Highway 34, at 5:19 p.m., said Sgt Red Sanders of the Ennis Police Department "Landry was the pilot His wife was also on the plane, along with his daughter or daughter-in-law, I'm not sure which, and his granddaughter," Sanders said. Sanders said he went to the Ennis airport in search of Landry's plane about 5 p.m. after receiving a call from the Federal Aviation Ad ministration that Landry had filed a flight plan on a trip from Dallas Love Field to Austin; but was not on schedule. "I went out there and couldn't find the plane. But approximately 20 minutes later, Landry called us and said he had set his plane down at the high school," Sanders said. There was no apparent damage to the plane, Sanders said. "He made a good landing, and he had plenty of room to- land. It's black dirt, real hard, just to the west of the school," added Sanders, the police department's shift sergeant. "We do have the plane under our surveillance. His wife said their mechanic will show up in the morning," Sanders said. - - v Ennis is 35 miles south of Dallas on Interstate 45. "They called someone in Dallas to come get them," Sanders said. . Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Landry by telephone Friday night were unsuccessful. ENNIS A private plane carrying former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, his wife and two other family members made a forced landing Friday in a lot next to a high school, but federal au caig (Mi QaiUilP asM i mmm p HOUSTON: Courts Father who took children for 8 years, .comes in from the cold The Associated Press HOUSTON A father who spirited his sons away for a global romp after losing them in a custody dispute plans to surrender next week to begin his 7 '2-year prison sentence. Chuck Smith's attorney,. Stanley Schneider, confirmed that Smith would appear in state District Judge Caprice Cosper's court Wednesday morning. "He is going to jail," Schneider said. "He had a right to appeal his conviction, we believe that there Southwestern Bell Is Offering "21st Century' Technology... AGAIN! Hi il Southwestern Bell Telephone Is Making Big Promises To Keep Its Monopoly. Five years ago, Southwestern Bell made a deal with the Texas Public Utility Commission: the PUC would postpone rate hearings and loosen regulation if Bell would upgrade telecommunications technology around the stale. This deal did not work! Southwestern Bell's profits are close to lops in the nation...but Texas ranks close (o the bottom in advanced telephone technology. Now Bell is at the Texas Legislature with yet another deal: to invest $ I billion in overdue improvements, but only if its earnings are kept under wraps, competition stalled, and regulation further diluted. It's lime to give the Bell monopoly a wake-up call; it's time to give consumers and businesses alike a choice in local telephone servicr. and it's lime to open the information superhighway in Texas lo fair competition. If you own a phone, use a computer, subscribe lo a newspaper or watch television, die telecommunications debate in the Texas Legislature will dramatically affect you aixl yair family. Make your voice heard in Austin above the rxomlses of Southwestern Bell's nxxiopoly. ' Send Your State Legislators A Message-How! I wantjair competition in local telephone service. NAME. ADDRESS PHONE I ) . FAX (L . INTERNET I L I MAIL OR FAX TO : ALLIANCE FOR COMMUNICATIONS CHOICES I P.O. BOX 68461 1 . AUSTIN, TEXAS 7X768-461 1 FAX 800-919-2001 INTERNET I alliance 9 1 fgrv ACfcnce For Ccxxisiicrtisns ChsScos 1 lexans righting Against Monopoly! L 1 TeuDtfyNewtptpaAoocuticn,TeJ AT4T, MTJ, mi huodrab cf oiha aramr group mi local busneoaikjoujIwuiTaM. Lcblatlvo Advertising Paid for by Tho Monitor, 1101 Ash St., McAIIcn, Texas 7C504 were errors made at trial, but the court has disagreed." Smith fled the country with his sons, then 4 and 6, shortly after the conclusion of a bitter 1984 divorce from his wife. He justified his flight with claims that Carolyn Smith was an unfit mother addicted to prescription drugs. Testimony showed his nearly eight-year elusion of justice was funded by his father, Chick Smith, a wealthy local car dealer. The international flight included stops in Scotland, England, and Canada before it finally ended in January 1992 when Smith and the boys were located living with Smith's girlfriend in Cuernavaca, Mexico. "I guess it means that we have come full circle," Carolyn Smith said Thursday, after hearing that the state's Court of Criminal Appeals declined to hear her ex-husband's appeal. Prosecutor Edward Porter was elated by the news. "It's been a long 10 years," he said, trying to conceal his delight. "The issue is decided. He committed a criminal act, and now he must pay for it." WESLACO: Resignation Commissioner leaving post By GLENN DEV1NO The Monitor WESLACO The city soon will lose the City Commission member noted for his bottom-line stance toward municipal government. .' Commissioner Charlie Krause said he will submit his resignation to the commission Tuesday. He is moving to Kerrville for health reasons. ' i Krause has served on the commission four years, and has previously served three years on the school board. He has earned a reputation as the board member who will scrutinize each proposed project and budget. During his terms, Krause has not hesitated to grill staff members or other commissioners until his questions are answered. "Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to be the only one to vote 'no,'" Krause said. "He never accepts things at face value," said Commissioner Buddy De La Rosa. "He always wants to know how things will be paid for." Mayor Pro-tern Richard Vaughan agreed. "He definitely is concerned about finances," Vaughan said. To Krause, city politics too often means catering to special interests. He said he looks at the benefit the community as a whole will receive when reaching decisions, rather than how a particular person or group will be affected. "I don't make decisions based . on whether it will cost me votes,", he said. Krause's skeptical approach to reviewing nronosals has been an " asset to the city, commissioners Isaid. : ' r ' r , . "He's really on the ball. He doesn't let you get away with any-; thing" when discussing issues, said Commissioner Larry Cardenas Jr., who won his seat in last May's elections. Vaughan and De La Rosa said Krause will be hard to replace. To .Vaughan, Krause's long ser-' vice makes hirri a valuable part, of city government. "There's a lot of people capable of doing the jobbut it's tough when you lose a person with four years experience," Vaughan said. Buddy said Krause may soon be gone, but he will not be forgotten. - "I learned a lot from Charlie, good and bad," De La Rosa said. "This commission will remember Krause and his family." ' Krause said he will not look back once he and his, wife leave Weslaco. He added he has mixed feelings about resigning from the commission. "You'll miss it, and you'll be ' glad to be rid of it," he said. PHARR: Schools District switches insurance carriers By BARBARA KING The Monitor PHARR - The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district will switch its voluntary life and accidental death : and dismemberment insurance programs to a new insurance carrier. School board members this week approved the move to Transamerica Insurance Co. for voluntary employee coverage. The change was sparked by a 35 percent rate increase in one year with the former, carrier, according to Janet Robles, interim superintendent for finance. "The bottom line is we got cheaper rates for both voluntary life and AD&D and for AD&D for the district," said Margie McCarthy, chair of the district's insurance committee. The voluntary insurance supplements the district's basic group lifeaccidental death and dismemberment insurance program. That program provides employees with $20,000 life insurance and $35,000 accidental death and dismemberment insurance at no cost to them. Premiums for both .types of voluntary insurance are paid by employees. Currently, 1,506 employees are paying premiums to Royal Maccabees and Great American Reserve companies for voluntary life and accidental death and dismemberment. MISSION: Accident Three-car pile-up leavesfour injured The Monitor MISSION A three-car pileup Thursday night at 5-Mile Line and Farm-to-Market Road 492 left four Mission residents injured. The accident occurred at 8:23 p.m. when a Ford pickup collided with a Pontiac Trans Am, according to a spokesperson with the Department of Public Safety. Juan Sanchez, 30, was driving the Pontiac and Leo Ochoa, 28, was a passenger. Armando Valdez, 37, was driving the pickup. When the, vehicles collided, the electrical systems on both vehicles went out leaving them in the dark. A third vehicle driven by Leo- n.irrtn R.imir7 ff ran into the wreckage. Three of the men were taken to Mission Hospital, according to the DPS. Ochoa and Valdez were treated and released. Sanchez was still in the hospital Friday night in stable condition, a hospital spokesperson said.

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