The Tyler Courier-Times from Tyler, Texas on November 26, 1986 · 8
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Wednesday, November 26, 1986
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Tyler Courier-Times . WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 1986 SeC. 1 Cowboys Official Filed Charge 'Mickey Finn ' Suspect Jailed UNIVERSAL CITY (UPI) - A woman suspected of traveling from coast to coast and robbing traveling , businesmen after slipping a knockout drug into their drinks remained jailed today on a theft charge, authorities said. The woman, Jacqueline L. Edmonds, was being investigated by a dozen police departments in convention cities nationwide for any Now You Know By United Press International The greatest size difference between sexes is found in marine worms of the species Bonellia vi-ridis. The largest females are at least 100 million times heavier that the smallest males. Females are up to 39.3 inches long; males measure only .04 inches in length. SLL2d erion ESTATE LIQUIDATION SERVICES 108 W 6th 593-5845 WE'VE MOVED... 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Police also found a detailed convention schedule in Edmonds' home. Edmonds' bail was set at $7,500. She was being held in the Bexar County jail in San Antonio in lieu of bond pending extradition to Missouri, Dewey said. St. Louis County police said Edmonds was charged in Edmundson, a tiny St. Louis suburb that encompasses most of the airport hotels. our PM Broadway Square Mall blfTtli i ttM;-rMi1V M EM tom is MON. TUES. WED. ItH m 1M THUBS 1M Plaza 561-9958 TYLER A WOODCREEK ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERSHIP . . . A GREAT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS, THE GIFT OF GOOD HEALTH . y i' A police spokesman said Missouri authorities are waiting for Edmonds to decide whether to waive or fight extradition. If she agrees to be extradited, he said, then Missouri officers will pick her up within 10 days. Otherwise, he said, court proceedings could take up to three months. Police departments in Dallas and neighboring Fort Worth; San Antonio; Atlanta; Detroit; New Orleans; Denver; San Francisco; Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix; Salt Lake City; and Nashville, Tenn.; are investigating Edmonds, police said. "A lot of the victims are married or embarrassed, so a lot of these crimes go unreported. Some of them are coming forward now," Dewey said. One victim failed to make a police report because he was married, but his attorney contacted authorities Tuesday in one San Antonio case, Dewey said. Edmonds, who is single, was described by her neighbors as quiet and seldom seen, Dewey said, adding, "If you dress her up she'd look fairly attractive." Edmonds' arrest in Dallas was based on a complaint from William D. Phelps, travel director for the Dallas Cowboys. Phelps told police he met a woman at a nightclub, that his drink was spiked and he passed out. Phelps reported about $2,000 in cash and jewelry, along with seven credit cards stolen. In the Tennessee cases, two businessmen were robbed of more than $12,000 in cash and jewelry at a Nashville hotel, Dewey said. Edmonds, who was arrested in the Dallas suburb of Flower Mound in February and charged with felony theft, had been freed on bond and was awaiting trial in that case, Dewey said. Bullock Complains Of State Fund Repayment AUSTIN (UPI) - Comptroller Bob Bullock has complained that he wasn't told until the day before that state Treasurer Ann Richards planned to resume regular monthly payments to the state retirement systems. A , deferral of the payments through February 1987 was authorized by the Texas Legislature earlier this year to help the state cope with a $3.5 billion revenue shortfall. But Richards' office said Tuesday it was anticipated all along that regular payments to the state employee and teacher retirement systems would resume once the state closed the sale Tuesday of $600 mil EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES 10 PROFESSIONAL RACQUETBALL COURTS PARAMOUNT EXERCISE EQUIPMENT WHIRLPOOL, STEAM ROOM, HOT TUB, AND LOCKER ROOM FACILITIES UPPER GALLERY OBSERVATION AREA FOR TOURNAMENT AND EXHIBITION PLAY INDOOR RUNNING TRACK LIFECYCLES FULL LINE PRO SHOP GRILL AND SNACK BAR LOUNGE AND PRIVATE CLUB SUNTANNING COVERED SWIMMING POOL OPEN LATER: Weekdays 6:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - :00 p.m. Sunday 1 2:00 noon 8:00 p.m. Theft Suspect Hid Diamonds In His Mouth GRAND PRAIRIE (UPI) - A suspected jewelry store robber managed to keep 13 diamonds hidden in his mouth during more than a week of strip searches and medical exams to determine if he had swallowed evidence, police say. Percivil Lafitte, 24, of Shre-veport, La., gave up the gems Saturday, nine days after he and Jesse James Gentry, 33, of Grand Prairie, were arrested for the Nov. 13 robbery of Zale's Jewelers in Grand Prairie, police said Tuesday. "He ate with (the diamonds in his mouth), he drank with them and in that process he swallowed a couple of them, ' ' Detective Bill Ballard said. Ballard said the searches for the gems began early last week after police discovered 36 gold mountings tucked away in Laf-itte's cell and found three loose diamonds in his belongings. Lafitte was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas to undergo X-rays, but officers found out diamonds do not show up on X-ray, Ballard said. Lafitte then consented to a physical exam, and was given a laxative. But the results contained no diamonds. Ballard said officers found the diamonds as they prepared to transfer Lafitte and Gentry to the county jail in Dallas. "Just prior to being taken . back to the Dallas County Jail, we asked him to open his mouth and that's when we found the 13 diamonds," Ballard said. Ballard said 15 to 20 diamonds still are missing. Officials suspect they may be in the possession of an Irving man jailed with Gentry, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The Irving man was in jail for a traffic violation. Officials say Gentry gave the man the diamonds on condition that he sell them for bond money. lion in short-term notes. The treasurer's office said the early resumption of payments to the retirement systems would save the state about $4,000 a day in interest payments or a total of $2.5 million. The short-term notes, also authorized by the Legislature, were sold to raise money that will be Punch-Card Voting Draws Fire AUSTIN (AP) - Punch-card voting systems can be confounded by sophisticated computer experts or laymen armed with chewing gum, says a specialist who tests ballot systems used in Pennsylvania. Michael Shamos of Pittsburgh told the House Committee on Elections Tuesday that the punch-card systems commonly used in Texas are fraught with potential problems. "It's axiomatic in the computer industry that all large computer programs include errors," he testified. Shamos, an attorney and computer expert, is a voting systems examiner for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Elections, which tests systems used in that state. Virtually all the systems have problems, he said. , "These problems, to me, are of nightmarish proportions," he told the state lawmakers. The tests in Pennsylvania are relatively simple, sometimes using as few as 12 ballots, according to Shamos. "We send in some ballots and see what comes out. You'd be amazed at the number of times these systems don't count a dozen ballots correctly," he said. "The fact that a system works on small tests does not give me great confidence that there's not something funny going on on Election Day," he added. Election Day "funny" business can range from sophisticated computer tampering to something as simple as a wad of gum strategically placed to plug up a hole on a punch card, according to Shamos. In addition to fraud, punch-card systems are far from error-free, he said. He said the best thing about THE ALL-WEATHER, ALL-AUTOMATIC 35MM. Infinity OLYMPUS For perfect pictures In all conditions, with and without flash. Totally automatic from DX film speed setting and loading to focusing, shooting and rewinding. Unique electronic auto focus and special 35mm (2.8 lens assembly with aspherlc element assures superb quality. Its long-life Du-racell lithium battery recycles the flash every second for up to 5 years. ESP Quick Flash System fires the flash when it's needed, automatically even for daylight flash fill. CAMERAS Inc. Olde English Village 561-4154 White May Accept ST College Merger AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Mark White, while reiterating general opposition to proposed state college mergers, hints that a plan to combine two South Texas schools might have merit. White flatly rejected Tuesday proposals for mergers of Texas Woman's University and North Texas State and between the University of Houston-Downtown and Texas Southern University. , But he sounded less emphatic about a suggested merger of Corpus Christi State University and Texas A&I at Kingsville. Some boosters of the plan say it could increase the number of doctoral programs available to South Texas students. "I do not support any of those mergers. I would just look very cautiously at the one in South Texas because there is the prospect of some enhancement and strengthening of programs," White told news reporters. "The other prospects (TWU-North Texas and Houston-TSU), I think, would diminish educational quality. That one (Corpus Christi- A&I) has some potential depending on how it's done," White said. The three mergers are being considered by the Select Committee on Higher Education, which is scheduled to vote on recommendations next month. White said any merger proposal must be analyzed carefully. "The way in which you strengthen those institutions is very important," he said. "You have to make very wise choices, and certainly that expansion of doctoral programs is something that could be done. I'm just trying to make clear that some of these mergers are not, I think, well thought out.," White said merging North Texas State with Texas Woman's University would reduce alumni support for both schools. "People that went to those schools are proud of their schools needed to cover cash flow shortages in the state treasury next year. Bullock, who opposed the sale of the notes, said in a letter to Richards that he was "surprised" to learn late Monday that repayment of the retirement system money was needed because of possible federal tax problems. The comptroller contended the punch cards is that they can be quickly counted. But he said the systems' susceptibility to fraud and error "present great dangers to the electorate." Shamos said many elections across the nation depend on a system developed by one company. "Once you have central control you do have the possibility of central tampering," he said. Shamos said punch cards make it difficult for voters to know when they've erred. And when they do realize they've made a mistake, he said they face the embarrassment of telling election officials "I'm stupid." "Just . . . 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Acting Counsel To PUC Named AUSTIN (AP) - The assistant state Public Utility Counsel has been appointed to represent consumers in rate cases before the Public Utility Commission. Gov. Mark White on Monday named Geoffrey Gay to the post left vacant by the resignation of Jim Boyle. Boyle, who left to enter private law practice, was the first person to fill the $60,000-a-year job created by the Legislature as part of a package of utility reform laws passed in 1983. Gay, 34, holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University, a master's from Rice and a law degree from the University of Houston. His temporary appointment is effective until Feb. 1, 1987, when Boyle's original term was scheduled to expire. In resigning earlier this month, Boyle said he hoped to continue representing consumers as a private attorney. He also acknowl- edged that one reason for his resignation was the election of Republican Bill Clements as governor. Clements singled out the utility counsel's office for criticism during his campaign and promised not to reappoint Boyle if elected. repayment was not the intent of the Cash Management Committee, composed of the comptroller, treasurer and governor, which voted 2-1 to sell the notes. Bullock said "common courtesy and good sense would dictate" that his office be given proper notice of any possible tax problems relating to the sale of the notes. But Deputy Treasurer Mary Beth Rogers said the treasurer's office was "completely surprised" to learn Monday that Bullock's office had not intended to reimburse the retirement systems for October and resume regular payments in November. Rogers said all of the cash flow projections presented to the Cash Management Committee on Nov. 5 included plans for the resumption of retirement system payments. Bullock did not attend the Nov. 5 meeting, but sent a representative. Rogers said bond lawyers advised the treasurer's office that any change in previously published cash flow patterns associated with the sale of the short term notes might violate federal arbitrage laws. STARCHED LIGHT, MEDIUM OR HEAVY FOLDED OR HANGING The Way You Like Them" .TROUP HWY & BROADWAY 593-1163 .OLD BULLARDRD& RICE 561-9951 .OLD JACKSONVILLE HWY 581-7977 (GRESHAM) Teriyaki Turkey Tenders wChinese Fried Rice $3.25 8 Fried Shrimp wFrench Fried Potatoes $5.25 Grilled Rainbow Trout ' Almondine$3.98 Sirloin Strip Steak wBaked Potato $5.75 imjji.i.T.w t,i--.n.,'.i. Boneless Chicken Breast Stuffed wWild Rice Dressing $3.95 BBQ Beef Brisket wRanch Baked Beans $3.10 Wfyatt Cafeterias

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