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Death Followed Threat To Reveal Land Scheme By UPWARD SWINDLE Avalinche-'lournal Staff A .SOURCE close to Forest Barnett Pyle Jr. claims (be Lubbflck businessman's mysterious death occurred shortly . after he threatened to expose illegal land operations of a. prominent New Mexico.l^itness tycoon. The source, who said" he fears death if his name is revealed, unraveled a web of intrigue including charges of illegal federal land swaps in New Mexico, political kickbacks, high finance by prominent Texas businessmen and, ultimately, mysterious death. The man released the information to The Avalanche-Journal during a backroads trip in two states. According to the source, be met Pyle, in Midland about four months before the 37 year-old Lubbock man was found dead in the back seat of his Buick station wagon in a southwest Lubbock alley Aug. 16, 1!>74. During that meeting, Pyle reportedly told the man a Nevv Mexico businessman had cheated him in the multi-million-dollar sale of his 86,000-acre ranch. AFTKR repeated futile attempts to force the purchaser to honor the contract, Pyle said he intended "to blow the whistle' 1 on the man's allegedly fradulent land transactions, the source said. "He (Pyle) knew the 'deal was bad and couldn't get anything done about it," the source told The Avalanche-Jour- nal. "And, if he was saying that to me, he probably said it to others. It would have had to get back (to the New Mexico businessman) on the grapevine." Though an inquest jury in Justice of the Peace F. H. Rolen's court finally ruled Nov. 1 that Pyle died accidentally after consuming too much alcohol, the verdict left several unanswered questions. Two mysterious women seen with Pyle shortly before his body was found and Pyle's missing $32,000 diamond-sapphire ring have yet to be found. THE Avalanche-Journal investigation also revealed Pyle retained a Monterey, Calif., attorney in January, 1974, in an effort to get security on an unsecured note he was given as payment in the 1970 sale of his ranch. The attorney, a specialist in land transactions, conducted a lengthy investigation into the case, but ultimately reached a deadend. Purchaser of the ranch, a widely known Southwestern land developer and broker, reportedly went two years without making payments on the unscured note. Meanwhile, • the businessman reportedly doubled the loan on the recently acquired Pyle ranch and agreed to advance Pyle some funds, against the note. The advances to Pyle, however, apparently nsvcr materialized, even though the developer allegedly sold the ranch at a profit a short time later. The man who purcliHsed the sprawling ranch from Pyl« was a longtime friend who had amassed extensive real See TVLK DEATH FOLLOWED THREAT Pace l« "FIRSTInluhbock~FIRST On TheSouthPlains" LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL Vol. 49, No. 30 128 Pages Lubbock, Texas,.Sunday Morning, April 6, 1975 Price 3S Cents Full Leased Wires: (AP). (DPI) THIRTY FIVE CENTS Ford Greets Viet 'Baby Lift' Exhumation Order Renews City Probe -JUSTICE of . the Peace Charles E. Smith has initiated a motion to exhume the body of a 23-year-old resident of Lubbock State School who was found in a campus dormitory Feb. 20. The exhumation request, be- lieved to be the first sought in Lubbock County in 14 years, was made by Judge Smith "to look for defense signs" on the body of Deborah Lynn Brownlee. She was buried Feb. 22 in Plainview Cemetery. Miss Brownlee's death was Diane Bryan Captures Spelling Title Again By CARRIE LINE Avalanche-Journal Staff DIANE Bryan, an eighth grade. f student at Evans Junior High School in Lub. bock, had to spell her way through 23 rounds 'of the Regional" Spelling Bee Saturday before she outdistanced all competitors to win her second title. Diane correctly spelled^ "facilitate": and "Mari- : ' - DUNE BRYAN •Repeats An Spelling Champ onetles" to top the second place winner, Cindy Jackson of Brownfield, who represented Terry County. Glenn Margolis of Howard County, who won the regional title in 1974, placed third after tripping on the word "kerchoo" in the 24th round. , Toni Sebastian qf Lea County. N.M. placed fourth after misspelling "lapidary" in the 24th round also. Snaring the fifth place winner's spot was Anna Jasso of Reeves County, who faltered on "decadent." Chris Prentice of Lamb County missed on . "dossier" to place sixth. The seventh place-winner. Priscilla Barron of Gaines County, misspelled "mores." Faltering on "veracious." Linda, Evins of Lynn County copped eighth place. Suzanne Hogg of Dawson County was the ninth place winner after misspelling "encroach." Diane, the 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim" Bob Bryan cf 3805 67th St.. was Ihe 197:; regional titlisl. She placed third in the 1974 regional contest See DIANE Page 10 Write-In Efforts Spice Area Voting attributed to asphyxia after • an autopsy by Dr. R.A. Keffler. However, Judge Smith said he ater received information from amily friends indicating there may have been blood under Vliss Brownlee's fingernails and jossibly an injury to one of her lands that went unnoticed in he initial investigation. Judge Smith made a prelimi nary ruling pf death due to -natural causes, noting the woman lad a medical history of seizures. Bruises on the woman's hroat originally were attributed o her apparent struggle for air, normal reaction to a seizure, according to officials. ' Probe Urged > • But Dr. Keffler, in his attributing the death to asphy.v a, also wrote :i'".'The manner and means of death would seem .0 require some investigation to be assured there was no dence of foul play." 'A substantial question,has arisen that her death imay have been caused by illegal means,' Judge Smith said. "We w'ou'lc like to examine the body for defense signs, to look for things .hat may previously have beer overlooked in the autopsy ape the possibility of skin piemen! and blood under her fingernails." . : According to Judge Smith e question of blood beneatl Miss Browniee's fingernails and the injury to one of her hands was brought to his attention by Family friends after the body had been buried. Dcail Somo Time The justice of the peace, who has conducted a lengthy inquest into the death, said he also has some questions about the amount and location of blood on the woman's pajamas. Though Miss Brownlee's body found lying face down, most of the blood was found on the back of her pajamas, Judge Smith said. Miss Brownlee's body was found by an attendant who said ishe thought the resident was (sleeping late. Judge Smith said See EXHUMATION' T'nfje 10 By SAM ATTLESEY Avalanche-Journal SUiff ABOUT the only unusual aspect of Saturday's city govern rnent elections across the South Plains was the high number of write-in voles garnered by un- auspecting residents of area cities. Area voters trekked to the polls in moderate lo larpce numbers to elect their respective councilmen and mayors. .As usual mosi incumbents \voii handily over thnir oppo nents. And many uncontestrd. In Shallowater, one races were election POSTER 'POOCH — A month ago DaJsy. an Old English Sheepdog, was wandering lost on Lubbock streets. But Daisy has since gained celebrity status and a home with Charriss.i Lynn Hickman. 6, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Hickman of 3213 46th. St. Daisy's success • story is told on Page 1. Sec..B. (Staff Photo by Pauline Warner) •-..' > Chiang Kai-shek Dies At 87 °% Braces Urging Mainland Recapture .o serve mainly as a figurehead. The real power of government was expected to remain with Chiang's son, who hr.s been ruling the country for Weather) Weather Map Page 9-C Lubbock and vicinity: Partly cloudy through Monday. The high today should be in the low 80s. The low tonight should be iri the upper 40s. Southwesterly to 20 miles an hour winds 10 expected. 1 A-.M. .. 2 A.M. . 3 A.M. .. 4 A.M. • a A.M. .. 6 A.M. .. 7 A.M. .. 5 A..W. • 3 A.M. .. STI A.M. • A.M. . -oon 43 47 •IB 45 44 41 42 44 SO 5fi Gl 1 P.M. 2 P.M. H P.M. 4 P.M. 5 P.M. 6 P.M. 7 P.M. 8 P.M. !> P.M. in P.M. II P.M. Mldnizht official termed the 193 votes cast as "Ihe best, we've ever had." Kvcn those elections with uncontested races drew average to above average turnouts. In Roaring Springs. 62-year old incumbent D.A. Hinson was re-elected mayor, defeating Mrs. Marian M. Jonas in a heated battle. Hinson garnered S4 votes to Mrs. .Tones' 47. In Lockney. a 10-year veteran of Ihe city council was upset. (Arra School Election Returns, Page 9, Set'. A) j Joe Zorger, a manufar.LurinK; company manager, squeaked past incumbent Lxjster Carter by a margin of only 1?> votes. The total was 1S9 to 176. An IS-year-old Crosbyton student's bid to become the youngest city councilman on the South Plains turned sour when he received nnly 11 of 224 voles. Monte Bccham's efforts were easily turned back by the three incumbents, all of whom received more than 175 votes to be returned to the council. 'The large numbers of write-in See VOTERS CHIANG KAI-SHEK Attack Fells President Proposed Education Section Draws Blast From Formby THE.PROPOSED new Consti- Willis is chairman qf t.he TAIPEI (AP) — President Chiang Kai-shek of Nationalist China, the last of the original Big Four Allied leaders of World War II, died of a heart j a Hack Saturday night. ' The 87-year-old general'called! in his last will, released two hours after his death for his followers tr> recapture the mainland from the Communists — a' goal he could not achieve in hisi lifetime. i Doctors said Chiang sufferer! a heart ' attack at 10:20 p.m. and died at 11:50 p.m. .Chiang. (Roac.tlnn To Death, Fhnto, Page 8, Sec. A) Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston 'Churchill and Josef Stalin were •the Big Four leaders of the Allies in the war against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and ; Japan. 1 Officials said Chiang's Ameri- 'can-cdueated wife and his 65•year-old son. Premier Chiang Ching-kuo, were at the presi- 'dcnt's bedside. Although the constitution provides for Vice President C. K. members from the 24 schools; Yen to become president. it]nnt included in the Texas andj was believed he would continue'Texas A&M Systems. his ailing father for the past' three years. Chiang's political will, dated] March 29, 197.x said. 'Must' aij See CHIANG 1'ugp 10 For Spring Storm .Fight tution's higher education section as passed by the Texas Senate would relegate governing boards of the stale colleges and universities outside the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M System to "sccortd class citizenship," officials Of that group declared Saturday. '. A.M. Willis Jr., chairman of the Board of Regents of North Texas State University, and Clint Formby. chairman of the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University, made the statement on behalf of the 13S board committee of governing boards and Formby is chairman of the legislative committee of that group. Under the Senate version of the new-: Constitution the University 61'-Texas System and , See PROPOSED Pace 10 [Today's Prayer j HEAVENLY Father, we thank You for.this wonderful time of year.'Be as WG enjoy Thy hllpssings. Amen.—A Reader. Noon Maximum 81; Minimum 41 ^raximum a y*av, up 5 '"day 83; Mlni- txftim a year aeo tortay 49. | "Sun r.w» today 'i.'JS A.M.: Pun «cl«' to\lay Srll P.M. •Maximum Humidity B- 1 :;!: Minimum Hlimtdlly lf^; Humidity »t midnluhl 5 "'' > ' UOOTHWKSTP H'KATKER ' • - e«j P H i. f.tu r H r. Abilwie ... — ffi M ricnver .. ~ ;a 30 AHHiquerillM -- 72 M V.I Paso .. - 78 .W Fly UCE HAVINS Avalanche-Journal Staff .A TWISTING funnel cloud, reaching a hand of destruction from thunderheads boiling in the sky above, smashed into the sleeping Panhandle. , Community of Lefors 'recently.' The body of a ^-year-old trapped in a mobile 'home, was found in the storm's wake of ravaged terrain and-- .shattered buildings. Morn than a other persons required hospitali- /ation. , As in years past, the beginning pf tornado;season,in in Texas was sounded this year nn a bloody note. It is an annual battle pitting Plains dwellers dgainsi one of the most powerful yet least predictable of foes— the weather. • In 1074, 11R tornadoes touched down in Texas kilting only one person, an unusually low fatality total. More than "00 deaths < Se« GITV, NWS Page 10 4doptions Slated In U.S. Crash Survivors Listed In Group A-J News Services ^The second of three West -oast-bound .jetliners carrying lomeless Vietnamese children, ncluding survivors of a Saigon i=ave-the-babies plane crash, anded in San Francisco Saturday night with President Ford and his wife on hand to welcome them. It carried 320 children. Ford entered the big Pan American Airways 747 but his wife, Betty, refrained from contact with the children because some of them had chicken pox- The First Lady is under post-cancer chemothera- vy which destroys her immunity to such diseases. She watched the arrival from afar. . 18 Arrive : - Eighteen homeless Vietnamese children arrivej earlier in the evening aboard a jetliner at San Francisco. The pJanes were among four, including two CM1 military cargo wSh-cs which flew nearly 900 orphans from Saigon to new lives with American families. Another 263 orphans were flown to Australia and Canada. Foster families wept openly as the children departed and one foster mother hung to the j window of a departing bus to prolong a tearful farewell. Crash Scene Nearby The loading of lively infants and children contrasted with the grim crash scene IVb miles away where the Air Force's first orphan airlift plane crashed Friday. Investigators found three more bodies in the rice paddy field, witnesses said, bringing the crash toll to about 200 and making it the second worst crash'in aviation history. The big C5A Galaxy cargo plane had carried at feast 319 persons, including 243 .children. 1 The U.S. Embassy's defense at' tache office refused to release precise casualty figures, pend- See A1RL1BT Page 10 Lubbock Gaining 'Marijuana Junction* Monicker AmarlUo .. — S! Jn Housinn .. — (A *) Mnhtw .... —7744 Okl» Hily — ftd 45 . -.-,, , ' - « « w. K.HI . - 73 «day at Methodist Hospital. MAN IN«TURKI> James Cobb, believed to be of Lubbock, was hurt late Saturday when his auto was In collision with another car, and then careened into the Molder Welding and Machine Co. building at •11!) Idalou- Highway. Cobh was undergoing treatment early to- j By RKNSTEVENS . Ava.lHiinlic->Iniirnal Staff MILLIONS of dollars in marijuana and hard narcotics each year are funn-oleri through the Lubbock area from the deep interior of Mexico -to users of illicit drugs throughout the nation. And the bulk of that air smuggling operation is the work of organized gangs who use dozens of small airports in the South Plains area as clandestine dope depots. . Those disclosures <-ame from Jerry Voyles. head of the Lubbock Task Force of the Drug Enforcement Administration, whese agents have intercepted more than three tons of the illegal weed already this ycnr. Vbyles said although' his agents have yet to confiscate heroin or other hard narcotics, he is certain that such drugs are brought through the area — perhaps in the same aircraft with marijuana. "There is no- reason lo he- lieve they aren't carrying junk too,'.' he. said, pointing out that a sizeable shipment of heroin could he hidden in something as small as a pilot's flight bag. Street sale value of that con flscated marijuana could exceed $1.2 million. Marijuana sells for as much as S2f)'' an ounce in Chicago. "We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. There is no way of telling how much has slipped past us," Voyles said. VOYLER has described the. five busts that resulted in confiscation of the marijuana as "lucky." They came when a mysterious blip on Federal Aviation Administration radar screens in Kl Paso, Midland-Odessa and Lubbock turned out. In be air- Set DOPE DEPOTS Page 4 Pair Convicted In Attica Riot BUFFALO (AP) — A former nrnate at Attica prison was convicted of murder Saturday n the slaying of a guard during the 1971 rebellion there. A second defendant was found guilty of attempted assault. A jury of eight 'men and four women that had deliberated since Thursday found John Hill, 23, of Buffalo, guilty of murder in the death of guard William Quinn. Charles Pernasilice, 22, was found guilty of second-degree attempted assault. In The A-J Today Amusements s-7 G Classified i-is D Deaths a A Editorials 4 (• Farm N'ews 7 F Horoscope « A Oil News 6 F Sporis 1-7 C Spectrum 5 F Fine Aris 1-4 G Business News 1-3 F Church News 8-9 G School Menus ,..-.11 G Victory Garden 1« C COMIC DICTIONARY CULTURE HOUND — A person who is too busy discussing the new books' to find time to read them.

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