Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 21, 1971 · Page 5
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 5

Del Rio, Texas
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Wednesday, April 21, 1971
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Mooney Exec Still on Stand SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A former executive of a Kerrville aircraft firm was to testify for a third day today after defending his company's records in a stock fraud trial here Tuesday. Edward Hunnicutt of Kerrville, former secretary-treasurer of Mooney Aircraft, Inc., and Mooney Corp., was questioned Tuesday about a record book that has been challenged by prosecution witnesses. Hunnicutt and Hal Rachal of Midland, former Mooney president, are charged with mail fraud and with selling Mooney stock without registering it. A Mooney aircraft stock register was prepared as a substitute for the original because "we (the company) wanted to have our records in as good condition as could be," Hunnicutt testified Tuesday. He said the decision to do so was made in 1968 as a result of suggestions by an accounting firm that audited Mooney books In late 1967. Accountants had found forms in the original book, which dated back to 1948, did not have enough space to record all necessary information, he said., Attorneys for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have testified the older stock register has never been located or produced. Hunnicutt said he did not hide any records from either federal officials or statesecurities board investigators and was never told by anyone to do so. He also said the newer book was prepared from original stock transfer records such as certificate stub books and that they cor responded with the best available data. Mexico Shootout Still Unexplained DEL RIO (TEXAS) NEWS-HERALD, Wednesday, April 21. 1971-5 GUILTY PLEA ENTERED Five Year Term Given HANDS UP-Youngsters at the Story Hour for pre-school children this morning in Val Verde County Library respond to the narrator, Mrs. Bob Gurley, with hands up. Mrs. Gurley relates stories each Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 o'clock in the library. (News-Herald Photo) By JAVIER IBARROLA Associated Press Writer EL REALITO, Mexico (AP) — Twelve civilians were shot to death here in a confrontation with an army patrol said to be searching for marijuana, and 13 days later no one in the town seems able to explain it. Most of the people in this mountainous region in northwestern Mexico are peasants who raise tomatoes and gather resin from poppies. They came together to witness the baptism of three children. It was Maundy Thursday. The town's single dirt road had been watered for a dance. Then came the sound of gunfire. In less than two minutes, the mothers of the baptized children, a pregnant woman, a 12-year-old boy and seven others lay dead. "No one realized what was going JJU.T-I heard the first shots and I felt a burn in my hand,then I ran," said 17-year- old Maria Trinidad Paez. "It was later that I found out that my brother Angel had been shot also." "After the shooting the soldiers would not let anyone leave or enter the to^n," Miss Paez said. "Maybe some of those who died could have been saved if they had been taken to a clinic immediately." The commanding general for the region says that when 10 soldiers and a sergeant approached the town someone yelled, "Here come' the gauchos," a derogatory name for troops, and then someone fired and killed a soldier. "The soldiers returned the fire," said Gen. Rosendo Flores. "There were 12 dead and we do not know how many wounded. "The truth is that in El Realito the narcotics dealers fired on the soldiers," he added. "That innocent persons died, especially women7T r ~do not deny, but there was no alternative." CIA Chief Says Spies, U2s Great Help in Cuban Crisis WASHINGTON (AP) - Director Richard Helms of the Central Intelligence Agency told thenation's editors recently that the CIA's role is as vital to the keeping of world peace as it is to provide information vital to the national defense. In his first public speech as head of the CIA, Helms told the annual convention of the American Society of Newspaper Editors that "a number of well- placed and courageous Russians" had provided information on Soviet missile systems which, along with U-2 photography, was of great help to the United States at the time of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He also said that, without an effective intelligence system, a U.S. agreement with Russia to limit nuclear armaments would be "unthinkable." U.S. intelligence, he said, will have "a major and vital role" in any strategic arms limitations agreement. Helms said the CIA has no police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers, or any domestic security functions. He said he hoped by his accounting of CIA's aims and functions to dispel criticism that his agency is an invisible government, engaged in provocative covert activities in conflict with the ideals of a free society—and other assertions, Helms said, which are "either vicious or just plain silly." Helms said the CIA, in addition to such obvious responsibilities as measuring the thermonuclear threat to U.S. security, the current intentions of the Soviet, and the capabilities of Communist China to produce an intercontinental ballistic missile, must also equip the United States as a world power to deal with a vast variety of smaller conflicts and controversies around the globe. "I would like to stress that accurate intelligence is equally essential to the planning and implementation of actions to forestall conflict," Helms said. CIA efforts to gain foreign intelligence in this country have generated strong criticism, Helms said. But the CIA, he said, intends to continue interviewing private U.S. citizens who may have acquired useful foreign information while traveling abroad, and to continue trying to hire competent young graduate students for its staff. Hal Richard Willbanks, 23, of 114 E. Bean St., pleaded guilty before District Judge George M. Thurmond Tuesday, on charges of burglary and was assessed a five year sentence. An attractive blonde witness testified in court that she had returned to her home at about 7:30 p.m. on the night of the Burglary and - Willbanks appeared from behind the door as she entered, brandishing a knife. She said that he wore a stocking over his face and that they struggled several minutes before he finally fled from the house. During the struggle, the lady said that she managed to remove the stocking mask and see his face. She identified Willbanks in court as the intruder. The knife, she said, was a steak knife that had been taken from her home, as was the stocking. She told the court that Willbanks had apparently entered her home by breaking the glass out of her Man and Woman Killed in Wreck CLEBURNE, Tex. (AP) - A man and woman were killed _near here late Tuesday when their car struck the rear of a stalled pickup truck. The victims were Jesse 0. Halbert, 37, of Dallas, and Sue Carroll, 33. of MaypearL The accident occurred on Texas 157 in Johnson County. rear door and opening it from the inside. . Judge Thurmond advised Willbanks and his attorney that the applicable sentence could range from 2 to 12 years. District Attorney John Pettit recommended a seven' year prison sentence. The court assessed five years in the case and set Thursday for final sentencing. The defense attorney has requested a probated sentence. Mexican-American Drug Talks Held SAN ANTONIO (AP) -Drug experts gathered here today for a three-day conference on narcotics addiction amongMexi- can-Americans in the Southwest. Spokesmen described the conference as the first of its type to focus on the cultural aspects of addiction and treatment of Mexican-Americans. SEARS Chain Link Fence Sale 59* Ft . 4 Ft. Ht. Gates and Terminal Post Extra Free Estimates Cail John Duncan Alfonso Guerra Tele. 775-7521 GOOD? YEAR ^S7 SERVICE ^STORES High Court's Split Decision Clarifies D. C. Abortion Law By BARRY SCHWEID Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Ruling for the first time on an abortion law, the Supreme Court today upheld prosecution of doctors in the District of Columbia but authorized them to end pregnancies for the sake of the expectant mother's "mental health." The split decision also made prosecution more difficult by reading the turn-of-the-century abortion law for the District as requiring the government to prove the abortion was not for therapeutic reasons. The decision dismissed claims that the law was so vaguely written it could not be understood by doctors. In other actions today, the court: — Ruled that a conscientious objector to the draft must declare his claim before he receives his induction notice. -Held that the United States may turn away refugees fleeing Communist countries if they settle temporarily in another country on this way. It was on "vagueness" grounds that a federal judge here, Gerhard A, Gesell, ruled the 1901 abortion law unconstitutional in 1969 while dismissing an indictment against who operates a blocks from the Del Rio—— Back When. ^ffff^iyff^^ FROM THE FILES OF THE DEL RIO NEW-HERALD FIVE YEARS AGO April 21, 1966 Mrs. Johnny Dissler was elected president of the Del Rio Art League, Mrs. Ray Bagwell was elected vice-president and Earline Hill, secretary-treasurer. O.D. Finegan, president of the Del Rio Rotary Club, stated that more than 400 Rotarians and their families are expected in Del Rio for the district convention. **** TEN YEARS AGO April 21, 1961 Jay Mathena, Hal Underwood, David! Oglesby and Bob Ricks won first place for the Del Rio Wildcat golf team in the Region IV tournament to advance to the state finals. Mario Diaz was installed as president and Berta Sotelo as vice president of the San Felipe High School Student Council. **** TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO April 21, 1946 George Adams won over Mike Averill in the first flight of the San Felipe Golf Club's tournament. Raymond Sample and Dr. Rex Me Williams will direct the annual Boy Scout one-day finance drive. **** THIRTY YEARS AGO April 21, 1941 •Three more tons of cottonseed meal were placed in Lake Walk underthe direction of Dr. Harde LeSeufer^of the State * Game Department. Jimmie Mills and "E.A. Stricklen, livestock dealers, | announced a campaign in Del Rio to collect tinfoil for the British. **#* FORTY YEARS AGO April 21, 1931 The deputy commission of labor from Austin was in Del Rio to check on the working hours of women and girls employed by local firms to assure that labor laws are not being broken. Del Rio schools and banks were closed in honor of San Jacinto Day. A survey shows there are 1,800 students in the Del Rio Independent School District and 1,709 students in the San Felipe District. a physician clinic three White House. Justice Hugo L. Black, speaking for the court, said the term "health" in the statute is neither imprecise nor uncertain. Under the law, written by Congress, doc tors may not perform abortions "unless the same were done as necessary for the preservation of the mother's life or health." Black said doctors routinely make a judgment about a patient's physical or mental "Health whenever surgery is con-" sidered. ' Judge Gesell had said the term was vague because there was "no indication whether it includes varying degrees of mental as well as physical health." Since the ruling, Black said, judges considering another abortion case in the District interpreted the law to permit abortions "for mental health reasons whether or not the patients had a previous history of mental defects." He added: "We see no reason why this interpretation of the statute should not be followed. Certainly this construction accords with the general usage and modern understanding of the word 'health,' which in- cludes psychological as well as physical well-being." Unless the court changes this stand in a subsequent case, the ruling evidently frees doctors in all states where therapeutic abortions are permitted to end pregnancy for mental reasons. Thirty-eight states have abortion laws, several of which are under challenge in cases pending on the court's docket. The ruling was significant, also, in that it puts the burden on the prosecutor to prove a physician has violated the law. 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