San Antonio Express from San Antonio, Texas on January 6, 1970 · Page 43
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San Antonio, Texas
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Tuesday, January 6, 1970
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P«9>J0-P ★ ★ SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS - Tuesday, January 6, 1970, INQUEST WITNESSES LEAVE COURT —Three girls from the "boiler room gang" leave Dukes County court house at Edgartown, Mass., after they were dismissed for the afternoon during inquest into the death of Mary Jo Kopech- ne. The girls are, from left, Nancy Lyons, 25, of Washington, her sister, Mary Ellen Lyons, 23, of Milton, Mass., and Susan Tannenbaum, 24, of Washington. —AP Wi rephoto. First Consolidated Criminal Docket Trial Call Successful By JOE DAVENPORT The first formal consolidated criminal docket call was held in 144th District Court Monday and deemed a success by attorneys, prosecutors and judges. The first combined trial docket consisted of 52 cases that were dealt out of the various district courts on such a widespread basis that the number eight stand-by jury case was already being called to court by noon. However, there was one slight problem for a few moments in which Assistant Dist. Atty. Earl Hill found himself assigned to two different courts at once. In looking back over the day, 144th Dist. Judge Archie Brown explained that there were some things to be changed to make the operation smoother, but he opined that everyone concerned will appreciate the revolutionary step in handling criminal felony cases. The system calls for Brown to hold arraignment and trial docket calls and serve as presiding judge over the criminal cases in district court here in a system that is very much like the presiding judge system used in the larger Texas counties for civil matters. Of the cases called Monday, Brown ordered four bond forfeitures and there were 11 cases either dismissed or reduced to misdeanors. Of the dismissals, most came because a defendant was entering a plea of guilty to one or more cases and in turn the state asked for dismissals of one or more. In one case the d i s m i s s a 1 came because the defendant was slain two weeks ago. Six cases were postponed. Two were rescheduled because the defendant is suffering from terminal cancer, two cases were postponed for another defendant who has several motions going through the courts in Houston, another defendant had his case reset after the judge ordered a psychiatric evaluation, and one case was reset when it w'as learned that the state witness PD Chief Rescinds ‘Comp’ Time Order A new order abolishing compensatory time was rescinded Monday by Chief of Police George Bichsel, but he trimmed the time officers can accummu- late by eight hours. Prior to last week’s order by the chief, officers could accum- mulate up to 24 hours for various reasons, then take that time off with pay. The new order allows them to accummulate up to 16 hours at one time. Officers are given an hour “comp” time for each municipal court appearance, two hours for each county court appearance and are given up to 16 hours time for each new police recruit they are directly responsible for bringing into the department. They also gain time for having to work overtime for v a r i o u s reasons. Bichsel’s order last week declared the officers would have to take the hours accummulated in overtime pay. In a message that will appear in the police bulletin Tuesday, Bichsel said he had talked with other ranking members of the department and the b o a r d of directors of the San Antonio Po- SIDE GLANCES lice Officers Association concerning complaints about his order, resulting in his decision to rescind it. He added the “comp” time w>as being cut to 16 hours. He noted the reason for his first action was an attempt to get the manpower he needs into the field, adding that the force is not up to the number allowed by the city. But he said those he discussed the situation with thought the order would have adverse effect on the department’s morale, so he was withdrawing it. State Officials To Meet Tuesday EXPRESS AUSTIN BUREAU AUSTIN—Three top state officials will meet jointly with several Texas governmental agency heads Tuesday at 10 a.m. Gov. Preston Smith, Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, House Speaker Gus Mutscher and Atty. Gen. Crawford Martin said the topic of their meeting is “not political” and insisted no announcement of it would be made in advance. was out of Texas and that the defendant came to court without an attorney. Three cases late Monday were being heard before juries and one was being heard by Judge Brown. Fifteen cases ended with def e n d a n t s entering pleas of guilty, which appeared to be a common occurrence with several defendants who first asked for jury trials but changed their mind on learning that under the new system courts and juries are readily available. In a d d i t i o n to the county’s four criminal district courts, two of the civil district courts also were pressed into service in order to meet the demands for jury trials. Gill Eyes House Race A young San Antonio businessman with strong financial and political connections Monday was prepared to enter the political lists against veteran U.S. Rep. 0. C. Fisher. Richardson (Dick) Gill, 26, a graduate of the. University of Texas by way of Yale University, Monday said he is about 99 per cent sure he will seek the post held for 27 consecutive years by Fisher. Gill will seek the Republican nomination, as matters now stand, against Democrat Fisher of San Angelo. Among business credentials Gill lists are presidency and chairmanship of the board of Richard Gill Properties and Gillson’s San Antonio Co., and the vice presidency of El Rancho Grande Motel Co. Gill said he and his two brothers own the companies. Gill has been working the sprawiing 2lst Congressional District, which takes in a sizeable portion of Bexar and 20 other counties reaching into deep West Texas, and he claims encouragement and support from every county GOP organization in 16 or 17 of those counties. He has devoted his efforts to a feel of the pulse almost exclusively since last Sept. 1. While not irretrievably committed to making the race, Gill reports he has a campaign organization ready to hit the political trail. Director of his campaign, if he goes, he said, will be Harry Pittman, an organizational director from State GOP Headquarters. Norman Beebe, a public relations man in the United Citizens for Nixon-Agnew and more recently with Project Hope, will serve as his public relations director. Overall advisor, Gill said, will be his brother, Michael D. Gill, who assisted the national chairman in the United Citizens for Nixon- Agnew. Serving as his campaign advisory group, Gill said, will be Michael Gill; Jim Day, a Goldwater Convention manager, and Craig Truax, former Pennsylvania GOP state chairman. He met with that group early in December, and intends meeting with them again near the Feb. 2 filing deadline. Beebe, he said, already has spent some time in Washington checking out Fisher’s record in Congress. David F. Dorn, of Houston, state finance chairman for the GOP, is Gill’s wife’s uncle. “I won’t be running for practice,” Gill said. “I’m not going about this with a naive sense of glory or glamor. I’m aware of the work it takes.” Gill estimates it may take a minimum of $75,000 to defeat Fisher, and he mentioned a top figure of $150,000. It is understood that is considerably more than Jack Alexander, last Republican nominee to take on Fisher, had to spend. Gill helped set up the Young Republican National Convention in 1958, was active with the Young Republicans at Yale, and was an assistant chief page at the GOP national convention in 1964. Obtaining a degree in Latin American history, Gill can speak Spanish as well as English. The Bexar County portion of the district contains a number of Mexican-American precincts. DON HAND announces for State Senate Examining Trial Waived By Flower An examining trial was waived Monday by Tom Flower, peace education secretary of the American Friends Service Committee. Flower asked to be tried before a U.S. district judge on the charges that he unlawfully entered the Fort Sam Houston mil- i t a r y reservation to distribute Vietnam moratorium leaflets after being ordered not to enter the base. Flower remained free under $500 personal recognizance bond pending consideration by a grand jury of a possible indictment on the charge. Flower was arrested Dec. 11 when he was handing out leaflets advertising a “Town Hall” meeting at Trinity University to discus« the U.S. and anti-war demonstrators’ Vietnam views. According to Army officials he violated an order issued in October directing him to remain off the military post. Maury Maverick Jr., Flower’s lawyer,” said he would ask U.S. Dist. Judge Adrian Spears for special permission under terms of the bond to allow Flower to accompany a concert group on a tour of neighboring states later this month. Monday’s hearing was before U.S. Com. Frank J. Baskin. 30 Numbers Required For Drafting 61 Men It took up to 30 numbers for two of San Antonio’s eight draft boards to find enough eligible men to help fill the J a n u a r y Bexar draft quota of 61 men, under the new lottery system. Draft Boards 6 and 10 called men holding numbers up to 30 on the birth date lottery scale. Board 6 called seven for the Month and Board 10 had a 15- man quota. Board 7 called up to No. 27 to fill its quota of 12 men; Board 8 called to No. 29 for its 10-man quota. The three men called by Board 146 were found in the top 20 numbers, compared to Board 147’s action in taking its three men from the top three numbers. Board 9 found its nine-man quota in the top numbers, inducting through No. 17. Board 150 needed two men to meet the January quota. They called No. 15 and No. 18, then learned No. 18 was in the process of enlisting in the military. In his place they called up No. 22 on the birth date list, but he ¡also was enlisting. It was too late, the board reported, to fill the second slot. Draft board spokesmen said ¡there is no pattern evident to show whether there may be large groups of eligible 1-A men with birthdate numbers in the middle group of 100 to 200, but if the first month’s showing proves a trend, some boards could dip up to No. 360 to fill their annual quota. They also discounted reports that men with numbers after 200 or so would be “safe” from the 1970 call. Publisher Is Heading Grand Jury The January-February Bexar County Grand Jury was sworn in Monday by 186th Dist. Judge James E. Barlow, and Houston H. Harte, 2207 Camelback Dr., publisher of the San Antonio Express and News, was named foreman. Three Bexar County Jail prisoners who earlier had indicated they wished to challenge the 20- member panel from which the grand jury was selected, were brought before the judge and pot e n t i a 1 grand jurors, but declined to issue any challenges. C. H. Doolittle Sr., 242 E. Palfrey St., a city fireman, was excused by Judge Barlow after Doolittle explained he was not given time off to serve on the grand jury. Others named to serve for the two-month period are: Robert Sauer, 4626 Sea Breeze Ave.; C. C. Andrews Jr., 454 Dor.aldson Ave.; Robert Curiel, 1524 Amesty St • Gm Guzzardo, 4102 Mt. Laurel; Rudy Barajas, 703 C o 11 o n w o o d Ave.; Rev. Prenz«a L. Woods, 3650 Versailles St.; Gilbert Cadena, 322 Rivas St.; Conrad Canellias, 155 Pilgrim Blvd.; Mrs. J. E. Staid- er, 1266 Elsmere PL; Elo F. Ra- beloldt, 266 Sullivan Dr.; and M. D. Wright, 430 N. Cherry St. Hand Seeks Senate Post By JAMES McCRORY Former State Rep. Don Hand Monday night kicked off his campaign for the District 19 Senate post held by the late Mate Sen. V. E. “Red” Berry. . , Hand, 38, becomes the fourth candidate for the post in tn May 2 Democratic Primary. State Reps. James Nowlin, Lamoine Holland, and Glenn Kothmann announced earlier. District lay leader for the San Antonio District of the Unitea Methodist Church and president of the Optimist Club of San Antonio, Hand unveiled his campaign before nearly 100 supporters % *he Confederate Room, McCreless Shopping City. . Decrying recent events reflecting a serious breakdown in governmental integrity “where corruption abounds, aided by the influence of those who operate outside the law, contributing to a growing disregard of conscience by many who hold public office and are concerned only with their personal profit or advance,” Hand said he seeks the office because of a desire to do something for San Antonio. Hand lists as his chief legislative interests: • Integrity in government. • Better job opportunities through industrial and business development. • Control of drug abuse and other criminal activities. • Development of a superior education system. • Efficiency in governmental operations. ( Noting that in the upcoming campaign he faces “at least three formidable and well-financed opponents,” Hand said to win he must overcome “heavy odds.” He told his supporters “we can win this race if we can enlist the support of a thousand partisans in the effort.” A first order of business, Hand said, is the building of a state-supported senior college and, perhaps, dental and nursing schools. The senior college, he said, should be built now. He noted last year a new tax bill of approximately $300 million was assessed Texas citizens, and he noted Houston, Lubbock, and Dallas got appropriations for new state-supported schools while San Antonio got no construction funds for its school. Hand urged development of the private sector of the San Antonio economy, and he pointed out that only one-fourth of the annual effective buying power in Bexar County of $1.6 billion comes from non-federal funds. The city is in a unique position, he added, to develop industrial and business entities that do not create environmental problems of air and water pollution. He pledged he will work toward adequate water resources, development of the transportation system, greater research and development of agricultural and natural resources, and adequate industrial safety legislation. Drug abuse, he said, is perhaps the greatest problem facing the nation and the city, and he said the answer lies in establishing a system for preventing addiction, treatment of the addict, and sure and severe punishment for those dealing in narcotics. Urging upgrading of the central city, Hand said where homes are destroyed in the name of urban renewal, provision must be made for their replacement. He said he proposes an amendment to permit construction of new dwellings in urban renewal areas. He also proposes heavier punishment for crimes against older citizens. Hand said he will work toward perfecting a public school system to make quality education available for the young, and technical training for those not interested in a four-year college course. Ea^le Pass Gets | ¡Federal Grant EXPRES5 WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON - The Com- ¡merce Department’s Economic Development Administration has approved an $800,000 grant to Eagle Pass, Rep. Abraham Kaizen of Laredo announced Monday. The grant, will help provide water and sewer facilities and streets in an 188-acre industrial park being developed by the city. Eagle Pass will contribute $670,000 toward the project. The project, described as an important phase of Eagle Pass’ model cities program, will enable three industrial firms to exp a n d to new facilities in the park and create a total of 120 new jobs. Doctor Arrested In Drug Charges Bv Gill Fox S.A. Woman “My son called you an ‘incorrigible incompetent’? . . . Well, I MUST SAY he never learned those words at home!” A 21-year-old office worker told police she was raped at j knife-point Monday morning by I a man who offered to help free i her car from a muddy parking: lot in the 200 block of Ogden Street. The single woman told police she was parking behind the Kal, lison Tower where she is employed when her car became stuck in the mud about 6:30 a.m. She gave officers this account of the incident: A man about 30 years old drove up and offered to drive her car out of the mud. When this failed, he offered to drive her to a gas station for help. The victim said she accepted the ride because it was raining but instead ofstoppingata service station, the man drove to a parking lot at Belknap and. West French places. She said he then threatened her with a switch-blade knife and ordered her to undress. She said that when she refused, the man raped her at knife-point in the front seat of the car. After the attack, she said the man drove her back to her office parking lot and released her. From there, she called po j lice. A 49-year-old San Antonio physician was arrested at his home Monday evening by the district attorney’s office for the second time within a week on the same charge—obtaining narcotics b y fraud. The physician. Dr. Henry C. Dones, 165 Treasure Way apt. B, has had narcotics-related trouble in the past. In 1958, Dr. Dones pleaded guilty to a charge of robbing a local hospital of narcotics at gunpoint. Last Wednesday, Dones was arrested and charged for writ-! ing a narcotics prescription,! then posing as a patient to get the prescription filled at a local drugstore on New Braunfels Avenue. Dones was taken to Bexar County Jail, but then freed on $3,500 bond set by Justice of the Peace Charles Bond. Sunday, Dr. Dones is alleged to have again posed as a patient to get a narcotics prescription filled at another drugstore, also on New Braunfels Avenue. Monday evening, District At-1 MORE PARKING SPACE —Just the skeletal frames are left of the old Maverick-Clarke Building as work progresses on remodeling the frame into a multilevel parking garage The First National Bank and the San Antonio Loan and Trust Co. are building a $7.5 million office building and the garage will serve them. It will have a capacity of more than 600 cars.—Staff Photo. Draft Campaign Set for Mayor * NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Deputy Mayor Paul H. Reilly launched a campaign Monday to draft Mayor Hugh J. Addonizio, currently under indictment on federal extortion and income tax evasion charges, as a candidate forjre-election this year. Proposal Eyed NEW YORK (AP) — Principals in the 10-week-old strike against the General Electric Co. said Monday they would study and comment later on a proposal that a fact-finding board be set up to recommend a settlement. t o r n e y Investigator Billy H. Cunningham arrested Dones at his home on a warrant for obtaining narcotics by fraud. In both cases this week, as in the case in 1958, the narcotic Dones is said to have obtained is Demerol. Cunningham said that although he has no local office, Dr. Dones said he was in private practice in San Antonio. Dones remained in Bexar County Jail Monday rnght. Gunman Robs Store The owner of W i 11 i e’s Food Store, 2979 Nebraska St., told police that a man entered his store Monday night, asked for a can of chili beans, then pulled a gun and said: “Look, I want all the money in the cash register.” The owner, William Quon, 36, said the man then forced him to hand over the contents of his cash register—including about $200 in cash—then fled from the store. Quon said the man was in his early 40s, had a bushy mustache and wore an army field jacket. The man had a small .22 caliber revolver, Quon added. In another robbery Monday night, Frank E. Brezik, manager of Jif-E-Mart, 303 El Monte Blvd., told police a man armed with a gun forced him to hand over an undetermined amount of money from the cash register. Brezik said the man then forced him into the rear restroom of the building,-then fled. Bell Sets Construction Budget at $99 Million A record $99 million construction budget has been set for Southwestern Bell’s San Antonio area, which roughly covers the western half of Texas. In the construction budget is $25.8 million which will be spent during 1970 on telephone construction in metropolitan San Antonio. Among the company’s plans are numerous dial switching equipment installations, a $2.5 million addition to the long distance dialing machine and work on facilities to provide additional long distance service. The $99 million budget, an increase of $21 million over 1969, ! includes anticipated spei j for land, buildings, cc ¡office equ ipment, new ¡phones and outside plant I struetion such as cable and duit installation. Nearly $4 million will be : on installing equipment fo troduction of Expanded D Distance Dialing in San Ant Scheduled to go into effei 1971, EDD will enable resii to dial their own person-to son, credit card, colled bill-to-third number calls e from coin or n o n -c o i n phones. Also planned for 1970 ai projects involving installatii cable and other outside f ties.

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