The Monitor from McAllen, Texas on March 10, 1995 · 41
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Friday, March 10, 1995 THE MONITOR, McAllen, Texas 5D HOUSTON AREA ROUNDUP Two clerks indicted in first Lone Star Card fraud case The Associated Press HOUSTON Two store clerks have been indicted for what authorities say is the first case of welfare fraud using a Lone Star Card, and officials say to expect more indictments from other sting operations. Still, they say the indictments don't signify failure of the electronic debit card for welfare and food stamp recipients, which was introduced earlier this year to help curb fraud. Clerks Nhung Thi Cao, 44, and Tien Due Dinh, 34, were indicted Feb. 21 on charges of illegally redeeming food stamps, said Harris County prosecutor Carl Hobbs. Earlier in the month, the pair were approached by an undercover officer seeking to sell benefits from the card for cash. . Hobbs, who heads the district attorney's welfare fraud division, said there have been similar sting operations since artd expects more indictments. However, he said the Lone Star Card is not a failure. "We Tiave eliminated the street' dealers," he said, explaining that"" those using the card have to use a scanner. The scanners are scattered among about 2,500 stores in the : . county. About 200,000 Harris County households have the cards. But like any system, "someone who is crooked will always try to cheat the system," Hobbs said in Thursday's editions of the Houston Chronicle. "We just have to try and keep up with them," Animal lovers outraged over dog shooting GALVESTON Animal lovers "from across the country have 'written to prosecutors and a judge who is presiding over the case of two police officers charged with using a dog for target practice. About 30 letters have arrived at the office of County Court-At-Law Judge Mary! Nell Crapitto, who will hear a motion to dismiss the cruelty case against Bayou Vista officers Greg Trantham and John Overstreet on Monday. The two are accused of shooting off various body parts of a stray , Lhasa Apso last June before killing' it. The Class A misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and a $3,000 fine. "Almost all of them are from people who are upset about the dog being shot," said Crapitto s court coordinator, Nancy Arturo. Crapitto has not read the letters, but is keeping a file, Arturo said. Assistant District Attorney Thomas "Jay" Wooten, also has been deluged with mail. The chief of the district attorney's misdemeanor section has received more than 50 letters and a couple dozen faxes from as far away as Canada, California, New York and Idaho. Many of the out-of-state letters refer to a posting on the Internet. Houston, HL&P agree to rate rollback HOUSTON The City Council has unanimously approved a proposed agreement with Houston Lighting & Power Co. that could mean an average $227 savings this year in Houston household light ; bills. The agreement, hammered out among attorneys for Houston Lighting & Power Co., the city of Houston and 18 smaller area towns, would lower; the light company's rates by nearly $1.5 billion over three years. The city estimates an average household under the settlement would save $227 this year and $129 each year for two additional years. The Public Utility Commission in Austin still has to authorize the deal. City officials are asking that the reductions go into effect prior to PUC's final approval, meaning that ratepayers could begin seeing savings as early as April. Houston Mayor Bob Lanier on Wednesday praised the settlement as "a good deal" for the city and ; the first electric rate reduction in 1 recent memory. i NASA begins search j for new launch system HOUSTON NASA selected four companies on Wednesday to enter a competition to develop the first new American launch system in three decades. Three California aerospace firms will enter into negotiations for the X-33 program, which seeks to create a new generation of reusable rockets. They are Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell In ternational Corporation. NASA expects to spend $24 million in 15 months of the concept phase. NASA Administrator" Daniel S. Goldin touted their selection as an example of how his agency intends to conduct its business faster, better and cheaper. He noted that it had been only two months since the agency issued proposals. The fourth firm, Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, Va., will try to build a new booster rocket by the turn of the century for $79 million. The new rocket designs will be the first since the space shuttle was developed in the late 1960s and . 1970s. Father who fled with sons begins serving sentence HOUSTON A father who fled the country for nearly eight years with his two sons after bitter divorce is behind bars. Chuck Smith, 36, quietly surrendered at the Harris County Jail on Wednesday to begin a prison sentence he received in 1992. He had been free on an appeal bond. Smith was arrested in Mexico in January 1992 and brought back to Texas with the boys, now 16 and 14. He was later convicted of interfering with child custody and sen- a tenced to 7'z years in prison. The events began in September 1984 when Smith picked up his children at his ex-wife's Houston home for a visit and didn't return. He justified his flight by claiming Carolyn Smith was an unfit mother addicted to prescription drugs. His nearly eight-year flight from justice was funded by his father. Chick Smith, a once wealthy local car dealer. It included stops in Mexico, Scotland, England and Canada, Greece, Brazil and Switzerland. - 0 While her ex-husband was on' the lam. Smith's attorneys sued his parents, saying they concealed their son's whereabouts and funded his flight. 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A monthly statement will be sent but no monthly payment or increase irt payment will be required for this Special Purchase Program until the end ol the designated period Finance charges will accrue Irom the date ot posting at 198 ANNUAL PERCENTAGE RATE (50t monthly minimum) but will not be imposed provided the lull balance ol the purchase price is paid before the end ol the designated period. It the full balance of the purchase price is not paid as required, accrued but unimposed linance charges will be added to your Regular Purchase balance. Otter valid through March 11, 1995. - HKJ3105R Prices Good thru 31 195 ' Shop a McDuff Near You! Se Habla Espanol McDuff SuperCenters - Brownsville, 1460 N Expressway 210-544-6823 McAllen 809 Savannah Ave ..... ..210-630-2922 Harllngen 1208 S. Expressway 83. . . . 210-412-3076 mm Electronics OApplianccs Computers Monday - Friday 10 AM - 9 PM; Saturday 9 AM-9 PM; Sunday 12 Noon 6PM USE OUR McDUFF CHARGE PLAN OR Pollc lor Advertised Hbim: The products in this ad were selected tar in advance ol this ottering. Itternlnre, situations may occur whwe all products may nol be available al all.stores II lor am reason an advertised ilem is out ol slw. we will otter you a ramcheck or. il you desire, a comparable item, it available ( Closeniil." "Special Purchase and Limited Quantity Hems pKr.ludeti ) we reserw ik ngiu iu imiu (hiiumm tu uuc mcmi tuumci. mi urca nwy inn amun um mcmo Qic mui tciuiisiuic "ji y.i,iuMai ui .Kuy-ap-itva. vmwij. uvp'ui F. . . scrMns measured dMaoridilv -ItoeZZ We wm match any current advertised puce at time ot merchandise purchase If you find a tower advertised price it an, store, including McDuff. within 30 days after merctands. gated wattage based on FTC rutes regarding measurement of amplifier power rat-purchase.OJJfliIQLLill cheerfully refund the difference. Simply bnng in the ad andor your receipt, (this qiiawiee does not apply In manutHriurw s closmuts rehaies, special purchase, liquidations, limited quantity. . Mc0uH Purchase Power Program actual payments may vary depending on your lloor demonslialor, or going out-o! business sale items The ad must be lot meictwndise that is readily available lor immediate pick up or delivery hum a local sturcl Copynqtil 19!M. McDud, fort Worth. 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