DEL Rio NEWS-HERAL r f /> :• 'l -I -I .. I. -.' , I CE'JTEI? ff.'C 5235 44th YEAR NUMBER 20 Phone 775-3531 DEL RIO, TEXAS 78840. MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 12, 1971 10c COPY EIGHT PAGES TODAY Troops in Vietnam Drop Below 300,000 New Tactics Set Due to Cutbacks OFFICIALS VISIT HERE-Eddie Sullivan, second from right, president of the Lone Star Brewery in San Antonio, spent about three hours visiting in Del Rio today, flying here in a.private plane. With him were Eddie Pena, left, assistant sales manager; Fred Guinn, sales manager and comptroller, Alex Nagy. At right is John Rowland Jr., Lone Star distributor here. The visitors were in Uvalde this morning and, weather permitting, they planned to fly to Laredo this afternoon before returning to San Antonio. This was SuUivan's,f irst trip as Lone Star president. (News-Herald Photo) $2,500 BOND SET Ousted Fireman Held for Arson A Del Rio voH „ fireman, suspended from* fire department less than, weeks ago, has been chargett with arson following the investigation of a fire at 306 Guillen St. Sunday night. Detective Lt. Herman Schafer said that formal charges will be filed today against 23-year-old jlicardo Lopez Florcs of 305 Walnut St. Lopez has already been given a hearing before Justice of the Peace Frank Torres who set ;bond at $2,500. He is being held in jail in lieu of bond. Schafer said that the city police have been investigating a ''rash of fires that have occurred over the past three the residence on Guillen Sunday, but fire department records indicate that a wood shed in the rear of the house was burned but not the home itself. Bill Schuler, president of the weeks in which we : jhavfc/j^folunteer Fire Department, suspected arson due to peculiar circumstances." He said he did not know how much damage was done to Around Town --By IMA JO FLEETWOOD MENUS FOR the short school week were announced today for Moody Cafeteria by the manager, Mrs. Irene Sandoval; Tuesday spaghetti and meat balls with vegetables, cornbread and fruit will be offered. For Wednesday hamburgers, the trimmings, potato chips and gelatin are on the menu with vegetable beef stew, pork and beans and dessert offered Thursday. Friday tuna salad in lettuce cups, corn chips, celery and carrot sticks and dessert • will be on the menu. CHARLES CANGELOSI of 606 Griner St. is in Houston to undergo heart surgery. MR. AND MRS. DICKY CASTRO of Eagle Pass spent the Easter holidays visiting in Del Rio with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vicente Castro. MR. AND MRS. FREDDY BROCKWELL* and their children, Blair and Kevin, of Houston left today after spending Easter with his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Hill. The Brockwells were accompanied by her* mother, Mrs. 'Geneva Simmers of Easton, Pa. GREG STONE LEFT Sunday for Austin, where he'is a student in the University of Texas, after spending the Easter holidays visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bee Stone, over, the Easter holidays. 1 ,• MR. AND MRS. LUTHER E. BELL of New Orleans are visiting over the Easter holidays in the home of her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Hill. They were joined here by their son, Bill, who is attending Sul Ross State University in Alpine. The Bells plan to leave Wednesday for New Orleans. THIRTY-EIGHT Easter tray favors made by the Gardenia Junior Garden Club were delivered to the Del Rio Nursing Home for the residents there. Making the favors is a therapy activity project of the organization. . FUNDS ARE BEING SOLICITED for the Singing Cadets of Texas A&M University to< pay their expenses to the White House in Washington, D.C., for a Sunday worship there. The Singing Cadets offered .a program in Del Rio recently. Anyone willing to assist them with the expense of their trip is asked to send a check to Singing Cadets, % White House, Texas A&M University at College Station, Tex., 77843 before Friday. MR. AND MRS. M.H. HAMPTON have returned to' then- home, 209 Margaret Lane, after spending some time in Big Spring, where he underwent bone graft and surgery. He was injured in an accident Dec. 11, 1970, and was under treatment in the Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio before being hospitalized in Big Spring. Mrs. Hampton said he is doing well and nappy to be homp again. THE .NORTH AMERICAN , BENEFIT ASSOCIATION will meet Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the home of Mrs. Charles Jloe, 504 Avenue E. • A PRAYER BREAKFAST sponsored by the Larger Circle is planned for April 21 in the San Felipe Country Club. said this morning that Flores was relieved of his duties with the department on the sixth of this month after he failed to pass his probationary period. Lt. Schafer said that the police are investigating the possibility that Flores had been setting fires around the city while he was a probationary fireman and then reporting the fire, joining in the fire fighting after the fire trucks arrived at the scene. Schafer said that the arsob charges will be filed with District Attorney John Pettit who is in trial in Brackettville today and not expected back in the / city until late this evening. Flores is employed as a male orderly at a Del Rio., nursing home. By GEORG ESPER • Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - American troop strength in South Vietnam has dropped below 300.000 for the first time in more than 4/2 years, the U.S. Command announced today, and a field commander disclosed new tactics to compensate for the further cutback of American forces. A weekly summary said a total of 296,500 American servicemen were in Vietnam last Thursday, a drop of 5,400 during the week. The total included 223,100 Army, 40,500 Air Force, 18,000 Marines, 14,800 Navy and 100 Coast Guard. This was the smallest force since Aug 13, 1966, when a total of 296,000 American troops •were in the country, U.S. strength reached a maximum Of 543,500 in April 1969. President Nixon has ordered the American force reduced to 284,000 by the end of this month, and he announced last week that another 100,000 would be withdrawn by Dec. 1. Lt Gen, Michael S. Davison, commander of the U.S. 2nd Field Force, said a total of . about 7,500 U.S. combat troops will remain after May 1 in Ms area, Saigon and the 11 surrounding provinces. These troops, he said, "will form a highly mobile and powerful reaction force capable of moving anywhere, anytime at a moment's notice to counter • any enemy threat and .supplement our .Vietnamese allies. "We will continue to provide training, logistical and air mobile support to the Vietnamese," he added. Meanwhile, North Vietnamese troops shot down an American helicopter 90 miles south of Da Nang Sunday, then ambushed an infantry force trying to reach the survivors. The U.S. Command said 11 Americans were killed and eight were wounded. Enemy losses were not known. "The helicopter must have been on a visual reconnaissance mission, took ground fire and went down," said a U.S. spokesman. "Ground troops were sent in on a search-and-rescue mission and the enemy apparently headed the same way for the helicopter." Perhaps 100 to 150 men from the llth Brigade of the America! Division were in the rescue force. The North Vietnamese lying in the jungled hills ripped into the lead column with rocket grenads and small arms fire. U.S. helicopter gunships, fighter-bombers and artillery broke up the attack The U.S. Command said one helicopter crewman was killed and two others were wounded in the crash, while 10 American * infantrymen were killed and six were wounded in the ambush. Three other U.S. aircraft were shot down Sunday while supporting South Vietnamese forces. One American, was killed and one was wounded in threecrashes. The losses raised to7,710the number of U.S. air- cratt reported lost in the war. One helicopter and an F100 jet fighter-bomber were shot down near ^.Tire Base 6, the South Vietnawes*,base in the central hlghlanfe^ggti has been under siege for-Wrtely . .two weeks. Another helicopter was shot down in eastern Cambodia. It was supporting a /South Vietnamese task force that claimed 200 North Vietnamese troops killed Sunday with the help of U.S. air strikes in a clash with a regimental-sized enemy force. The South Vietnamese said their only casualties were six wounded, indicating that most of the enemy casualties were due to air and artillery action and that the enemy casualty figure was a highly questionable estimate. U.S. and South Vietnamese patrol boats sank a 160-foot North Vietnamese trawler, apparently loaded with ammunition, in a sea battle early today off the Ca Mau peninsula 175 miles southwest of Saigon. Weather DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Partly cloudy this afternoon and Tuesday afternoon; mostly cloudy late tonight and Tuesday morning. Continued warm. Minimum temperature tonight in the, low 60s; maximum temperature Tuesday near 90. Wind warnings on Lake Amistad until sunset today, blowing out of the southeast at 15 to 28 miles per hour and gusty. Maximum temperature Sunday, 85; minimum 57. Minimum temperature this morning, 63. Relative humidity at noon, 50 per cent. Time of sunset, 7:08 p.m.; time of sunrise. 6:20 a.m. Amistad Report Amistad elevation this morning was 1063.23, a decrease of .04 since Saturday. Depth of the water at Amistad Dam was 163.23, down .04. Water storage this morning amounted to 1,086,830 acre feet, a decrease of 1,060 acre feet. Water surface measured 26,479 acres this morning, down 23 acres. Downstream release this morning was unchanged at 1,080 second feet. YOUTH TRAINING—Richard Ratliff, standing, a member of the Governor's Youth Committee, distributes copies of the agenda for the Youth Development Leadership Training session today and Tuesday in the San Felipe Neighborhood Center. Seated left to right are Humberto Garcia, Bertha Ybarra and Norma Menchaca, members of youth councils here. There are three such councils, the Rincon de Diablo, Central and East Side Councils; other councils are to be organized and eventually, each will send representatives to a community-wide youth council, Mrs. Sharon Flippen, director of the Community Action Agency, explained. (News-Herald Photo) III flPPBOPBIATIOHS BILL Doron Says Raise Due State Workers 63 At LAFB Tuesday Sixty-three members of Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 71-07 at Laughlin Air Force Base will end their year-long stay at the base Tuesday at a graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Base Chapel. Mai. Gen. John R. Murphy, Air Training Command vice commander, will address the graduates at the ceremony. Among the graduates are three U.S. Marine Corps officers and one member of the Imperial Iranian Air Force. The Marine officers are Capt. Philip M. Marrie, and Second Lieutenants Glenn D. Grant and'Robert E. Matoney. They will return to Marine. jurisdiction for further assignment. i , Ah* Cadet Mohammad Reza Mohammad! Mozafary will return to the Imperial Iranian Kit Force with his newly-won wings. *• .' Four of the Air Force members in the class will go back to their Air National Guard units. The. ANG pilots are Second Lieutenants. B. Bunson, Joseph, P. Alexander Pennsylvania; Grippes, Arizona; Philip N. Henry, California; and Hal G. Wick, Iowa. > The remaining members of the class have been assigned as follows: Pacific Ah- Forces, 11; Tactical Ah* Command, 12; Military Airlift Command, 11; Strategic Ah- Command. 7; Air Defense Command, 2; and Alaskan Air Command, 1. Eleven new pilots from' the class will, remain with Air Training Command. Class 71-07 graduates are Capt. Gary R. long, Second Lieutenants Robert W. Abbott, Martin J. Andrews, Charles G. Baldwin, Carl D. Belvins Jr., Stanley D. Bbrtel Jr., David A. Bulger, Boris F.J. Buzan, David E. Byrne, Joseph/S. Celia, Marc J. Christiansen, Robert J. Clarke, Ronald N. , Crone, Louis C. Cusirnano, .Joseph F. Czarkowski, .and i Carroll L. Davis. 1 Others • are Second Lieutenants Harold D. Dees,. Neal R. Denison Jr., David T.D. Edens, Kenneth R. Evers, Richard M. Francis, Vernon D. Hamilton, Gary K. Hart wig, Paul D. Heinrich, James A. Hester, Douglas N. Hime and Robert J. HymeL Also graduating Tuesday will be Second~Cieutenants Donald L. Johnson, George R. Ksoinski, James M. Kraus, Ronald F. Langenfeld, John F. Love, Barry W. Mashburn, Roger B. McGrath, William H. MacMillan III, Laurence P. Molloy Jr., John C. Moore III, Thomas H. Neeley, Wayne D. Neet, Richard A. Paulson, David A. Phelps, and Joseph A. RaveneL . : Other graduates : include Second Lieutenants William L. Reed, Ronny J. Sanders. Charles F.. Sparkman, Ronald N. Speir, Edward Sweeney, Stephan W. Toppr, Donald G. •. Vise, Charles J. wanzel III, Michael C. Winter, Wesley ;G. Zimmerman, Joseph P. Zmuda Jr. and Bruce W. Markus. Among the aircraft the new pilots will be flying in their assignments are the F4, C141, B52, T38 f KC135 and FIDO. A pay raise for state employes is included in the appropriations bill to be laid out in the House of Representatives in the next day or two, State Rep. Hilary B. Doran Jr. of Del Rio said today. Doran, a member of the appropriations committee, said he expects the House will vote on the bill early next week. His remarks came in an interview with the News-Herald, as he prepared to return to Austin today after the brief Easter recess. Dora n said the appropriations bill will include a two-step 6.8 per cent pay boost for state employes in Grades 2 through 12. A single-step 3.4 per cent increase will be proposed for those in Grades 13 and above. The lawmaker said it was the thinking of the committee that the employes in the lower pay grades needed an increase to meet the rise in the cost of living more urgently than the executive employes in higher- grades. ' Doran noted that the "Legislature will be hard pressed to complete the extremely. heavy work load facing it. Only 48 days remain in the session. As far as Doran's own legislation is esteemed, he gave the following report on bills he has introduced. The Amistad Zoning Bill is expected to be reported out of committee a week from today, Doran said. He was hopeful it could be passed by the House and sent to the Senate no later than May 1. Doran also introduced a bill permitting the Public Safety Commission to bestow special Texas Ranger commissions upon honorably retired Department of Public Safety officers. He said the bill may be reported out of committee this week. J Doran's bill calling for a non-binding referendum on Daylight Saving Time — different from the Daylight Saving Time bill defeated in • 7 the House earlier — is now in the Rules Committee and is expected to be entered on the House Calendar by early next week. The Del Rio lawmaker noted that the Speaker of the House has appointed the five-member General Investigating Committee which Doran helped initiate. Menton Murray of Brownsville, dean of the House and an attorney, has been appointed chairman. Other members are Clyde Haynes, Vidor; DeWitt Hale, Corpus Christi, Jim Nugent, Kerrville, and Jim Slider, Naples.'. Federal Court Session Begins U.S. District Judge John R Wood Jr. said this morning that in his opinion, Dr. Robert Sosa was granted due process by the board of directors of the Val Verde Memorial Hospital. A suit by Dr. Sosa is before the court which arose over the hospital' boards decision to withdraw hospital privileges > from Dr. Sosa. Dr. Sosa claimed in the suit that the board did not exercise due process in making their decision. The suit has been returned to Federal District Court from the Court of Civil • Appeals in New Orleans. Judge Wood set a rehearing in case for June 1. In another case the court dismissed a case filed by Irl Taylor and other officials by Zavala County Justice of the Peace Julian Salas who claimed that officials in that county had conspired to deprive him of performing his duties as Justice of the Peace by not referring cases to his court. The case against the Uvalde , Independent School District, from which GAPA leader Gordon Erkfitz was dismissed earlier this ,. week was postponed until June 1 at the request of attorneys.. Judge Wood said from the bench that attorneys for the parties involved should try to reach a settlement out of 1 court "The court does not have time to go out and manage_Jihe. schools, this is a local matter, try to settle it among yourselves," he instructed. * Wood granted a motion for a more definate statement from the plaintiffs saying "I want to know exactly what these students claim they are getting or not getting, then I'll decide whether or not the Federal Court should even be involved." The ^case evolved from a dispute in the Uvalde Independent Schools which resulted in a walkout of over 500 students from classes. Judge Wood set aside a ruling in a Kinney County case where survivors of a murdered man are suing for life insurance policy proceeds.in which the dead man's wife was named as beneficiary. The insurance company has withheld paying the proceeds because the wife of the murdered man, Edith Reynolds was convicted of murdering him. Her conviction, however, has been appealed to higher courts and the proceeds are being held in abeyance until the appeals court issue a final ruling on the murder conviction. -: The court recessed; shortly'' before noon and was scheduled . to reconvene at 2:30 this afternoon for a criminal docket calf. Shortly before the recess ihe^grand jury reported several 'indictments; however, the list was not made immediately available. ' .
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