Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 19, 1971 · Page 1
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Del Rio, Texas
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Monday, April 19, 1971
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44th YEAR NUMBER 26 DEL Rio NEWS-HERALD hone 775-3531 DEL RIO, TEXAS 78840, MONDAY AFTERNOON, April 19,1971 C,X CE TEX. 75235 EIGHT PAGES TODAY —. f Tornado Smashes Into Hereford mmtKv^^^ * ' •» Tot Faces Shots Unless Pup Found Whether a 2-year-old child takes painful anti rabies shots depends on finding a puppy that bit her more than a week ago. The little girl is Jodie Whitney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Whitney, 1201 E. 1st. The missing dog that bit her is described by Mrs. Whitney as a "mutt, a two-month old puppy resembling a dachshund but is not." Originally, the puppy belonged to the Whitneys. When they decided to give it away they passed it on to Lt. Sandra Kethcart, who resides on Teresa Street. The pup nipped Jodie before it was given away; later it followed some children away from Lt. Kethcart's home and has disappeared. When last seen it was wearing'a red and white flea collar. Anyone who has seen the puppy is asked to call Mrs. Whitney at 775-3390 or Lt. Kethcart at 775-5959. A physician has treated the little girl but the puppy needs to be checked, Mrs. Whitney said. Gl ADDICTION RAMPANT Drug Epidemic Seen in Vietnam By CARL D. ROBINSON Associated Press Writer SAIGON (AP) - Two U.S. congressmen said today that heroin.addiction among American troops In Vietnam is of epidemic proportions. They blamed corrupt Vietnamese officials for part of the problem and said the ready availability of drugs makes the situation almost impossible for the U.S. Command to control The two congressmen are Rep. Morgan Murphy, D-I1L, and Rep. Robert H. Steele, R- Conn. The House Foreign Affairs Committee sent them to Southeast Asia to look into the drug problem. They spent three days In Vietnam, visited Laos and attended a narcotics conference in Bangkok. Steele said figures provided by the U.S. Command indicated that 10 to 15 per cent of the American troops in Vietnam— about 30.000 to 45.000 men—are Three Nabbed With Heroin EDINBURG, Tex. (AP) Three South Texas men remained in the Hidalgo County jail Saturday following their arrest on federal charges of smuggling about two ounces of heroin into the United States from Mexico. The men were identified by federal officers as Leopold Lee Pedraza, 24, of Victoria; Per- fectd Perez Jr., 28, of Houston and Victoria, and Jose Zarate Garcia, 23, of McAllen. U.S. Magistrate William Mallet of Brownsville set bond at $10.000 on Pedraza and $20,000 each on Perez and Garcia. U.S. Customs officers said the men were in possession of about two ounces of a substance believed to be heroin. using high grade heroin which is between 94 and 97 per cent pure, Steele blamed the extensive use of heroin in part on the "widespread and mistaken belief that It is not addictive if snorted or smoked" and that it doesnt have the odor .and bulk of marijuana. In 1970, he continued, between 59 and 90 GIs died from overdoses of heroin. Murphy said he and Steele were approached several times by Vietnamese heroin dealers working the streets of downtown Saigon, a vial of heroin, roughly a fourth of a gram, sells for $L80 to $2.10 and the average addict requires two vials a day. Both congressmen said the South Vietnamese government has not done enough about the problem and that it has just started realizing the extent of it, expecially among young Vietnamese. "We have every reason to believe that corruption among public officials is an important factor in smuggling heroin to our troops in Vietnam," said Steele. "The time is.long overdue when our allies should recognize the extent of the problem." Before their departure for Hong Kong, the two congressmen conferred with Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, who told them he had received numerous complaints of heroin addiction among young Vietnamese. "Ky told us if he was put in charge of the problem that he could clean it up in two months," said Steele. Fifty per cent of the heroin is believed to come from Laos and the rest from Hong Kong and Thailand, he added. Around Town By IMA JO FLEETWQOD PLATO'S Phaedrus will be the study for the Great Books Discussion Group Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Val Verde County Library. Leaders for the discussion will be Ernest L. Worley Jr. and Barbara Murrah. DEL RIO BAND BOOSTERS will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Band Hall at Del Rio High School. MITZI BYRD, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Silas Byrd, was on the swimming team from Baptist Academy in San Marcos that placed at the Junior Olympics swimming meet in Harlingen April 13 and 14. She placed fourth in the 200-meter breast stroke competition. Twenty-two schools or swimming clubs were represented in the meet. Mitzi, a seventh grader, swims on the Aqua Bears team of Baptist Academy and will receive a patch and ribbon. DEL RIO CHARROS and Damas Charras held a picnic and family; outing from I to 6 p.m. Sunday in the arena they have on Highway 90 East with approximately 50 attending the affair. MRS. RUDY ROBLES Is in ^ Room 204 Val Verde Memorial Hospital, recovering from surgery and is reported doing well. A&M UNIVERSITY former students will mark their traditional Muster Wednesday, San Jacinto Day, with a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Del Rio Civic Center. Joe Parks Brown is chairman for the muster and Dr. Herman Rathke is president of the local A&Mers. KEN CONGELOSI returned home Friday, after being a patient in St. Joseph's Hospital in Houston. He is at 606 Griner St., his residence, and is doing well.. He said he is very grateful for the cards, letters and flowers he received from friends here during his stay in the hospital. THE .P R A Y.E R BREAKFAST v sponsored by the Larger Circle will start at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. Those planning the breakfast said the occasion will be informal and they may come dressed for their work. The breakfast and a brief program has been planned In the San Felipe Country Club to make it possible for those attending to go directly to < their work. i f ''' ' : ; • Last week's hailstorm which has left Del Rio littered with beaten down leaves and other storm debris has made next week's * community-wide cleanup campaign more important than ever. City crews have already begun a "crash operation" to get-the huge mounds of leaves and broken limbs hauled away, City Manager James A. Hester reported. Next week they will work the entire city on a schedule indicated with the map above to pickup trash which householders have Copter Crash Kills Officials CHILPANCINGO, Mexico (AP>—A helicopter crash took the lives of the governor, legislative president and supreme court president of Guerrero State, officials reported Sunday. Also killed was the pilot when the chopper smashed Into mountains near this capital of the southwestern Mexican state. The officials had flown out of Altamirano toward the capital Saturday night following a tour of government projects in the Balsas River Valley. The wreckage was found Sunday afternoon. The victims In addition to the pilot were Gov. Caritlno Maldonado Perez; Federico Encarna- clon Astudillo, state legislative president; and Carlos Uriostegul Ocampo, state supreme court president. Spears Judicial Center Member SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Dlst. Judge Adrian Spears of San Antonio has begun a four, year term as a member of the 'Federal r Judicial Center in Washington. ""••'. Spears' chief- Judge of the Western District of Texas, was selected by the Judicial Conference of the United States; j collected around their own premises. Because of the large volume of trash to be collected by city and county trucks, it will be necessary for the trash to be placed in boxes or other containers which one man can handle without undue difficulty, Tom Sullivan, chairman of the sponsoring Del Rio Chamber of Commerce civic committee, stated today. Students will take part in the program this year. Juniors and Seniors from both high schools will pick up trash from the city limits to the overpass on Highway 277 on Monday and on Highway 90 West from the city limits to the overpass. On Wednesday, sophomores and freshmen will work Highway 90 east from the city limits to the overpass and on Thursday sophomores and freshmen will work Highway 277 spur on Las Vacas. The Youth Councils will clean up Moore Park and San Felipe Creek on Tuesday. The Del Rio Board of Realtors will award a trophy to the class with the most participation at a party for the youngsters taking part Friday night at the Civic Center. Weather DEL RIO AND VICINITY: Considerable cloudiness and' windy turning cooler this afternoon and tonight; 30 per cent chance of a few thunderstorms this afternoon and 20 per cent tonight. Decreasing cloudiness and cooler Tuesday. Low tonight near 50; high Tuesday in the mid-70s. Wind warnings up at Lake Amistad until further notice, blowing out of the southeast at 12 to 25 miles per hour and gusty shifting to the northwest at 15 to 30 miles per hour late, this afternoon. Maximum temperature Sunday, 93; minimum 63. Minimum temperature this morning, 65. Relative humidity at noon, 70 per cent. Time of sunset, 7:12 p.m. time of sunrise, 6: 12 a.m. 15 to 20 Hurt But None Badly HEREFORD, Tex. (AP) - A tornado extensively damaged a residential section and several business firms here early today Doctors treated 15 to 20 persons for broken bones, cuts, and abrasions. But there were no reports of serious injury or death. A number of residences were demolished along with a bus terminal and several mobile homes. Trees were uprooted, cars overturned and roofs ripped off in a middle class residential section. Scattered furniture television sets, power lines and other debris made several streets impassable. Police sealed off the stricken areas against looters who were Proxmire Charges Giant C5 Unsafe PICKUP DATES SET-The City has been divided into five sections, as shown above, for the citywide cleanup drive to be held next week. On Monday, trucks will pick up trash left in manageable size packages alongside the curb in Section 1, on Tuesday in Section 2; Wednesday, Section 3; Thursday, Section 4; and Friday, Section 5. Last week's hailstorm has forced city crews and trucks into an early start on the cleanup. The city is working to get the storm debris cleaned up in time to begin on the regular cleanup. City Manager Jim Hester said today. (News-Herald Photo) Clean-Up Drive Set Next Week By WALTER R. MEARS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen, William Proxmire. saying the giant C5 transport is unsafe, unreliable and riddled with defects, accused the Air Force today of accepting/ the planes "knowing they ane deficient," TheWteconsimDemocrat said the Pentagon should sentLthe C5 planes already delivereci back for repairs and modifications at the expense of Its manufacturer, Lockheed Corp. In a speech prepared for Senate delivery, Proxmire said the C5 defects are so serious the Defense Department won't know until 1973 whether the plane can ever perform as designed. He said a report by the General Accounting Office "of the first 15 operational aircraft accepted by the Air Force revealed an average 127 unresolved deficiencies per aircraft » Proxmire has been a per- sistentcritic of the C5 program since it was first learned Lockheed was unable to produce the plane at the contract price. The Pentagon agreed to renegotiate the contract and now has a total of 81 of the airplanes ordered. "The Air Force has been accepting C5s knowing they are deficient and knowing that they cannot perform their tactical missions," Proxmire said, "I find it absolutely disgraceful that the Pentagon has condoned the shoddy workmanship, poor performance and mismanagement that is going into the C5A program." Proxmire said the GAO study showed: —The landing gear, which enthusiasts claimed would allow the plane to kneel down like a camel for unloading, Is the most troublesome malfunction. In a two-month period last year, more than 1.400 man- hours were required to maintain the landing gear of three C5s. —The braking system creates a drag, decreases the aircraft's climb and may restrict the payload, The C5 is restricted to hard surface runways and cannot,-as originally intended, take off and land from rough airstrips. The Pentagon has acknowledged this. The problem of wing cracks has not been solved. Proxmire said modifications made after flight test failures two years ago "have themselves caused new critical fatigue conditions. He said there now is a possibility all delivered C5s will require new wing modifications. —The automatic flight control and the radar systems are not fully operational. —Navigational equipment is not considered reliable. —And the aerial refueling system cannot be used. Governor Okays MRGDC Grant AUSTIN—Governor Preston Smith approved Friday a criminal justice action grant for $4,537 for the Middle Rio Grande Development Council. At the same time he approved grants to two other area planning councils so that the three councils may combine their law enforcement teletype networks into one updated and improved teletype loop. Also receiving grants for the teletype project were the Capital Area Planning Council for $6,656, Alamo Area Council of Governments $11,786 and the Middle Rio Grande Development Council which serves nine area counties and is headquartered in Del Rio. The grant will aid in the financing and installation of 28 ASR 100-word-per-minute terminals in conjunction with 83-B-3 station control unit equipment to improve law enforcement communications. In applying for the grant, the MRGDC said that the new system will greatly enhance the capabilities of the participating law enforcement agencies as well as adjacent communities. reported already pillaging shortly after the tornado passed. Bill Thompson, director of the Civil Defense here, said the storm churned out of the sky at about 12:40 a.m., hitting a mobile home park on the city's south side. Several persons were Injured when their mobile homes were tossed into the air. The twister then skipped to the Greyhound Bus lines terminal, demolishing it before ripping at a beautician's school and a cement firm. Thompson said the tornado passed within three blocks of the Deaf County Hospital before dipping into a residential section where it spun along a 12 to 15 block area, unroofing homes and destroying cars and vegetation. Police officers from Lubbock, Amarillo and Childress as well as state police moved quickly to Hereford. Police said they were troubled with sight-seers and a few looters in the residential areas. Debris covered a section of railroad tracks but was cleared quickly. Anemergency center was established at La Plata Junior High School for refugees. Power lines were down and at least three major telephone company cables were damaged Charles Richards, editor of the Hereford Brand, said damage might reach as much as a half-million dollars. Richards said cars and trailer homes received particularly heavy damage. Airplanes surveyed outlying rural areas at dawn where at least two farm houses were reportedly struck by the savage twister. Hereford is about 50 miles ' southwest of Amarillo which was placed under a tornado alert that was later cancelled. Tornadoes were reported around Lubbock and Amarillo but there were no reports any had touched ground. It was the fourth straight day that funnels have been spotted at Lubbock which was devastated by a tornado last May 11, killing 26 persons. The tornado which struck here boiled out of a massive cell of turbulent weather stretching from Odessa, Tex. to Lamar, Colo. The tornado which hit Hereford was just one of several sighted through the night. A twister unroofed several metal buildings -at Dalhart but there were no reports of Injury. All of the Panhandle remained under a tornado watch for a long period as the savage weather produced high winds, hail and heavy rains. Lubbock, which was struck by a death-dealing tornado last May 11, braced for another onslaught whichjfailed to materialize. Amarillo was whipped by pea- sized hail while tornado funnels danced around the city's perimeter. None reportedly touched ground, however. i The night of violent weather was triggered when a slow-moving cold front collided with a massive weather system stretching from Odessa to Lamar. Colo. Blowing dust carpeted many areas until heavy rains began falling throughout the Panhandle region. Hail was sighted at Dalhart and Amarillo, Snow mixed with rain fell at El Paso and In the mountains of Southwest Texas. San Jacinto Day Is State Holiday NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK-Posters, book, marks and specie? pins are on display in Val Verde County Library to mark'National Book Week, being observed today through Saturday and samples of them, are displayed by Miss Lea Harlow, one of the assistant librarians. Special emphasis on the week is being made at the library and Librarian Bess Bradley has invited everyone to pay a visit during the week. (See Story, Page 2). (News-Herald Photo) ,. Val. Verde County Courthouse and state agencies will observe Wednesday as a holiday to mark San Jacinto Day April 21. County Judge Sergio Gonzalez said this morning offices in the Courthouse will be closed as well as that of Tax Assessor- Collector O.D. Finegan. . :••= ' .•••• ' -' ^ \ The headquarters office of the Texas Highway Department here will be closed for the holiday Wednesday and other state agencies, including the State Welfare Office, will be closed Wednesday. San Jacinto Day marks the traditional Muster of former students of Texas A&M University and it will be held this year at 7:30 p.m. in the Del Rio Civic Center with Joe Parks B.rown as Muster chairman. Amistad Report Amistad elevatipn this morning was 10621.64, an increase of .21 over Saturday. 1 Depth of the water at Amistad Dam was 163.64 feet, an increase of .21. Water storage this morning .amounted to 1,097,735 acre feet,; an increase of 5,598 acre feet Water surface measured 26,719 acres, an increase of '122 acres. Downstream release was 1.100 second feet, unchanged' from Saturday. \

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