Fort Worth Star-Telegram from Fort Worth, Texas on July 17, 1997 · 2
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Thursday, July 17, 1997
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I I Vd ITEHInEel R3 Report 7 - Thursday July 17 1997 Section A Page 2 T 0 ' 0 ") (1) Woman reported missing after By KELLY MELHART AND GINGER D RICHARDSON Star-Telegram Staff Writers A 20-year-old mother and University of North Texas senior was reported missing Tuesday after she disappeared after a tour of the Denton police station and jail with her criminal justice class Kelli Cox was last seen using a pay telephone at Railroad Avenue and East McKinney Street Denton Police Chief Michael Jez Oklahoma City blast detective Glenn Wilburn dies 7 BY LAURA VOZZELLA Star-Telegram Staff Writer Glenn Wilburn a "regular Joe" accountant transformed by the Oklahoma City bombing into a maverick private detective will be Iniried today near the two young grandchildren he lost in the blast Mr Wilburn whose crusade initially made him unpopular in Oklahoma but eventually led to a county grand jury investigation died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday He was 46 Mr Wilburn believed that the stress of his free-lance investigation brought on his illness but he had no regrets his widow Kathy said -'When I look in the mirror to shave I can look back and I know I (lizr1 the right thing" she said her husband told her last week "That made me feel good to ki)ow he'd do it over" she said "Those were his convictions He took them to the grave with him" NI Wilburn had said he believed that federal officials had been tipped off to the bomb plot but bungled efforts to thwart the attack He also asserted that more people were involved in the bomb Gulf depression likely to form hurricane The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The sea- son's fourth tropical depression formed and stood motionless 150 miles south of the Louisiana coast and just east of Texas yesterday The National Hurricane Center warned that the system will become a tropical storm by this morning and could become a hurricane by the weekend Boats ferried some nonessential wbrkers from offshore production - Star-Telegram Operating Ltd 400 W Seventh Si Fort Worth Texas 76102 3201 'Upon Freeway Suite 108 Bed lord 76022 1111 W Abram Arlington 76013 To SUBSCRIBE or to report a delivery problem dial DEL-IVER (335-4837) Outside Tarrant County calt tbil-free (800) 776-STAR (-7827) DELIVERY INFORMATION Monday-Friday 5 am-7 pm Saturdays & holidays 630 am noon Sundays 6:30 am- 2 pm RETAIL ADS 548-5456 CLASSIRED ADS 332-3333 Outside Tarrant County call toll-free (800) 222-3978 Monday-Friday 7:30 am-7 pm Saturdays 8 am-noon CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SACK ISSUES 390-7761 Monday-Friday 8 am-7 pm PHOTO SALES 390-7743 Monday-Friday 10 am-3:30 pm Single Copy Prices: Daily 50e Sunday $150 Monthly: Home Delivery US Mail DailySunday 1195 $28 Daily only 995 $22 Weekend Only (3-day weekend package and holiday limes) 9 95 NA Sunday Only (mail only) NA $19 All prices include sales tax and postage Mail prices are tor the US and rts possessions foreign rates available upon request Advance payment required StarTelegram customers may use their Internet accounts to 'communicate with customer service representatrves Wrne to us at paper started net When approprale emall may be forwarded to other newspaper stall members Fx guaranteed same-day delivery of missed copies in Tarrant County please call by noon seven days a week Our mission is to 'minds subscribers with the best possibie delivery service Should we be unable to resolve a subscnotion problem to your satisfaction caa Weldon kVhdemen Vice PrescientCirculation at 215-2218 Fort Worth Newsroom Northeast Newsroom Phil Record Ombudsman Retail Advertising National Advertising Sports Score line Online Services WWII 390-7410 nm 685-3838 demon 390-7692 I 390-7765 ing 685-3901 390-7990 390-7905 -The Fort Worth Star-Telegram CUSPS 206-260) is published daily Second-class postage paid at Fort Worth Texas Postmaster Send address changes to Fort Worth Star-Telegram PO Box 1870 Fort Worth Texas 76101 Circulation: 240138 daily 341893 Sunday Readership: 658000 daily 063400 Sunday '11 - '41'firldofte'" 'AI irtill w " k 1 0 'p:AAV soiolrol p! 7'- 111i' ' ' 1 awe' ---- '-: : -'' " ( ': ' ° 1" -''' ' - 0 J 74( Olt' ' t 1 140 i 1 tif Ie 40144k I t t 04M411RWAR I I : ' mow 4 The In MIMI Outlet Receive one Fort Worth Outlet Square Travelers Cup I FREE with this coupon (A $200 WI kie) Good thru 7-24-97 Downtown at Tandy Center Third & Throckmorton Ft Worth 390-3720 No purchase necessary ONE COUPON PER FAMILY I Only coupons clipped directly from the Star-Telegram are accepted j Said investigators believe that after the tour Cox walked to her car a block away and realized that she had locked her keys inside Cox went to Jay's convenience store about noon and asked a clerk for change so she could call her boyfriend in Farmers Branch Jez said "It took him an hour to get from Farmers Branch to Denton" Jez said "She wasn't there when he got there and has not been seen or "He was a happy grandfather and all of a sudden his grandchildren are gone and he says 'I want to know who did it and I want to know how many' " — Rev Larry Jones ing than the two charged in the case: Timothy McVeigh who was sentenced to death and Terry Nichols who will be tried in September Mr Wilburn contended that the government was covering up for co-conspirators who threatened to expose officials' prior knowledge Mr Wilburn came to those conclusions in the course of an investigation that consumed the last two years of his life Federal officials vigorously disputed his conclusions His inquiry began soon after the April 19 1995 bombing that killed 168 people including grandsons Chase and Colton Smith ages 3 and 2 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico Texaco took 15 workers from one platform and had another 50 scattered over a half-dozen platforms on standby he said A National Weather Service advisory said the depression is likely to become a hurricane in 60 hours — 212 days The hurricane center said at 10 pm that the center of the depression had not moved from its 6 pm location HYUNDAI FOR SALE 1988 Hyundai 4 door ac runs well $1000 or best offer "The response was incredible!" Nicole C Arlington q The Star Telegram uideLine 335-STRR re4!liktuts ONMAVAVWitt Get instant information - right from your own phone - with the Star-Telegram's 24-hour information service Just dial 336-STAR (336-7827) and enter the 4-digit code for the topic you're interested in It's that easy See Sunday's TV Star for a complete directory One call and you know it all with GuideLinel lugs3 t i OU I 1 II iLi t ' 11?11- 1 t4 1 heard from since" Cox's mother Jan Bynum reported her daughter missing at 5:30 pm Tuesday police said Last night Bynum tearfully issued a plea for information about her daughter "If anybody knows anything if they saw anything no matter how trivial please contact the Denton city police" Bynum said "They don't have to think it's significant just call" L II kr pow -elltrt 1 1 ' dr '- 4 ty " " I J -d-al Glenn Wilburn A few weeks after the bombing the Wilburns hosted a gathering for the families who had children at the federal day-care center One woman who lost an infant in the blast told the group that she spotted a few people in black wind-breakers with "Bomb Squad" lettering outside the Alfred P Murrah building at 8 am — about an hour before the bombing That account set Mr Wilburn off on an odyssey that soon found him wearing hidden microphones meeting with right-wing extremists and comparing notes with an investigator working for McVeigh whose defense also tried to advance theories of a broader bombing conspiracy The funeral for Mr Wilburn will be at 10 am today at City Church a downtown Oklahoma City church damaged by the bombing The Rev Larry Jones will preside Burial will be at Rose Hill Burial Park in a plot near his grandsons' In place of a traditional eulogy Jones will detail the results of Mr Lotto Texas numbers drawn last night Wednesday July 16 8 11 16 30 43 46 One ticket purchased in Houston matched all six numbers for a jackpot worth $4 million Estimated Jackpot for Saturday July 19: $4 million Numbers drawn in this order !last night July16 : CASH 5 13 15 26 27 35 Cash 5 numbers drawn Tuesday July 15 No tickets purchased matched all five numbers There were 391 with four of the five numbers for $898 each and 13452 matched three for $26 each Confirm wiming numbers with lottery vendor The Star-Telegram is not responsible for incorrect numbers Change of residence? Call 335-4837 0"11414 to let us know where to deliv ta er your ig ir el t inlakr tietiVitter A VII Ir'l tj I El P 11 n 1 Ili bT)I i : 8 0 2 2tti8ibi goo 12 touring Denton police station Bynum said her daughter "wouldn't have gone up to strangers" "I think somebody has taken her" Bynum said "She wouldn't just leave like this and not tell anyone" Cox was last seen wearing a black top bluejeans frayed at the bottom and brown leather sandals according to a statement from Denton police She is 5 feet 3 inches tall weighs about 120 pounds and has Wilburn's two-year investigation "This will be the most unusual thing I've ever done" said Jones president and founder of Feed the Children an international relief organization based in Oklahoma Jones said he became familiar with Mr Wilburn's theories — and convinced of them — during talks with his longtime friend He called Mr Wilburn "a regular Joe" "He was a happy grandfather and all of a sudden his grandchildren are gone and he says 'I want to know who did it and I want to know how many' " Jones said "Glenn just took the questioning 10 feet further than anyone else" Initially Mr Wilburn's theories put him at odds with other families who lost loved ones in the blast But shortly before his death Mr Wilburn said he felt vindicated About 170 people joined a civil suit filed by the Wilburns who assert that federal officials missed a chance to stop the blast: About 13500 Oklahomans signed a petition — begun by Mr Wilburn but completed as his illness advanced by state Rep Charles Key — to empanel the grand jury The investigation continues "I wished Glenn lived long enough to see it all through" said Saundra Cregan whose mother-in-law died in the bombing "But at least he lived long enough to see the process begin" Mr Wilburn's theories weren't popular in federal circles but officials expressed sympathy for the emotional trauma he and his family endured "He went through a horribly traumatic episode that would change anybody" said Steven Steele the Dallas spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms "Nobody here had any bad feelings about Mr Wilburn I always thought he was sincere I always respected him for believing in what he did and pursuing it in spite of the fact that I don't agree with his findings" PAGE 2A 3-4-58 Allen Mildred 78 Pikeville Tenn Allen Sally 58 Fort Worth Ashworth Jack 48 Fort Worth Boone James 2 months Fort Worth Boyd LD 75 Fort Worth Brown Nancy 43 Fort Worth Byrd Wilbur 83 Fort Worth Caffey Wynona 81 Sidney Cameron Robert 68 Azle Campbell Floyd 58 Fort Worth Clay Annie 80 Fort Worth Collins Greg 27 Fort Worth Cooper Truman 73 North Richland Hills Crossan Harry 57 Fort Worth Doolen William 86 Graham Duckworth Mary 93 Hico Ellis Luther 95 Bowie Evans Myrtle 93 Las Cruces NM Ferguson William 62 Azle r-- TODAY'S STARVOTE QUESTION: Did the confiscation of the The Tin Drum" video by Oklahoma City police constitute Illegal search and seizure? 10110ILB 0 OJEJiy INTERN mi ONE' wwwstartextnet - 1)11 2- 336-STAR press r 4 5 starvote- 7 8 1801 and follow cglistarvote o instructions PREVIOUS QUESTION: Should the US make Puerto Rico the 51st state? YES: 138 NO: 166 Not Sure: 23 Questions are changed on dUideline Monday Wednesday and Friday at noon brown hair and hazel eyes She has a rose tattoo on one of her palms with the word Francisco on it the police statement says Jez said 10 detectives were working on the case Bynum said Cox is devoted to her 19-month-old daughter Alexis "She has tons of fun with her" Bynum said "She puts her daughter first and when it reached 5:30 pm and I hadn't heard from her Clean-air rules could push 3 more metropolitan areas in state into noncompliance BY MICHELLE MITTELSTADT The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Tougher air quality standards endorsed in a White House signing ceremony yesterday could push three more Texas metropolitan areas into noncompliance state officials estimate Texas has four metropolitan areas that don't comply with federal smog standards: Fort Worth-Dallas Houston Beaumont-Port Arthur and El Paso The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission says that Austin San Antonio and Longview-Tyler-Marshall could join the list under the new smog-reducing ozone standard Cities pushed into nonattainment typically seek to comply with air standards by reducing car and truck emissions through use of reformulated gasoline and emissions-testing inspections The costs are intangible as well said commission spokesman Patrick Crimmins "There is an economic stigma which comes with nonattainment designation" he said "It's considered harmful to an area's economy and corporate relocations suffer" Vice President Al Gore insisted that the smog and soot reduction rules designed to protect children the elderly and people with respiratory problems can be met without harming economic growth "We're taking action to improve the quality of the air we breathe and doing so in a way that makes sense for our communities for our families and for our economy" he said But critics said the new standards will deprive Americans of OBITUARY Listing Fesenmeyer Virginia 82 Cleburne Girdwood Elmer 87 Alvarado Horton Brenda 56 Burleson Hudson Mary 60 Weatherford Jackson Amelia 98 Fort Worth Jones John 77 Rhome Kay Robert 78 Fort Worth Kline Wylma 76 Fort Worth Lambert Lorene 78 Azle Lassiter Joe 46 Arlington Linton Gloria 47 Fort Worth Martin Sheila 77 Fort Worth Mobley S Melton 64 Grand Prairie Moore Warren 87 North Richland Hills Moreland Ryan newborn Fort Worth Paris Nobuku 65 Burleson Parsons Carolyn 48 Willow Park Payne Reo 78 Fort Worth Perez Joe 23 Fort Worth Shell Melvin 84 Stephenville Smith Barbara 62 Fort Worth I that's when knew Kelli would not : not make arrangements for her little girl J "Alexis keeps asking 'Where's Mama?' Bynum said crying I ' keep telling her that she is at school I don't know what else to !: say" Information may be reported to the Denton police nonemergency number (940) 349-8181 or to investigator Benny Parkey (940) 349-7986 rt i to jobs and cost business billions of dollars without clear evidence that public health will benefit "It's not good for Texas it's not good for jobs it's not good for the economy and it's not good for health because there is no scientific basis to back up the health claims that they are making" said Rep Mac Thornberry R-Amarillo Thornberry predicted that there would be a "strong bipartisan effort" in Congress to block any new air-pollution regulations for four years The ozone standards probably will not be enforced until 2003 while those for the tiny soot particles will take longer because the Environmental Protection Agency is allowing five years to set up proper monitoring equipment EPA Administrator Carol Browner defended the standards saying they reflect more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific studies showing that current allowable pollution levels fail to protect asthmatic children the elderly and others with respiratory ailments The new standards will pre- vent 15000 premature deaths and 350000 cases of aggravated asthma while easing breathing problems for more than 1 million children Browner said "This is a major step for public health" she said But Texas lawmakers showed: little support for the rules "The fact is we all want clean air But Washington red tape based on faulty analysis and 1 fear-mongering won't achieve our goals" said House Majority Whip Tom DeLay R-Sugar Land ib Solomon Geraldine 72 Weatherford Stapp Velda 43 Comanche Thomas Robert 75 Watauga Vandiver Lizzie 84 Fort Worth Wallis Clayton 70 Weatherford Warren Vivian 69 Arlington Whitfield Rosa 77 Cleburne Wilburn Glenn 46 Oklahoma City Wilson Lee 79 Cranbury 7 Wood Fonza 73fort Worth CORRECTIONS The Grand Prairie City Council voted to table an emergency agenda item that would have committed $133750 as the city's share of the costs to repair a section of Johnson Creek A story in yesterday's 0- tions incorrectly reported the :action the council took b' Texas homeowners may claim property tax exemptions only:pn their primary residence However they may use as many :dxemptions as they qualify for on that one property Information about exemptions was incorrect in an article yesterday The name of the Florissant National Monument was misspelled in a column Sunday in the Weekly Review section A portion of the bridge column in yesterday's Life & Arts section was incorrect It should have read: West defended by leading the ace of diamonds After declarer ruffed with the queen declarer overtook the nine of trumps With the jack in the hope of dropping the la "11 : 1

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