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Lubbock, Texas
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Sunday, April 6, 1975
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1 Q.A—LUBBOCK A VALANCHE.JOURNAL—Sunday Morning, April 6, 1975 Pyle Death Followed Threat To Reveal Land Scheme (Continued From J>ag« O»«)' estate holdings in the Southwest, during a 10-year period. Washington sources say the land broker's name has surfaced repeatedly in inquiries into questionable land trading practices of the Federal Bureau of Land Management. Swaps Involve High Finance THE land broker, who reportedly has financial backing from two wealthy Houston businessmen who were friends of the late President Lyndon Johnson, has acted as a broker in UJD bulk of land transactions involving consolidation of federal lands in New Mexico. A federal law provides for land trades to consolidate federal holdings into more accessible tracts. New Mexico ranchers, many of whom lease "checker- boarded" tracts of federal land located on their ranches, have used the broker to transfer tracts of federal land from their property. U.S. Rep. Harold Runnels, D-N.M., has repeatedly questioned some Bureau of Land Management practices which often result in the governfont trading two acres for one. Broker Cuts Red Tape FEW people know how the packages are put together and run through, but Pyle did," the source said. He said Pyle, who ncvcv was involved in any of the federal land swaps, apparently pieced the puzzle together shortly before his death. New Mexico officials said several land brokers and ranch- ers have tried to trade federal land, but eventually gave up after their rcqu ests became entangled in bureaucratic red tape. "But this guy (land broker) was actually completing deals in as litle as SO days," the source said. "No one could figure out why he could and everyone else couldn't." Pyie apparently voiced his disenchantment with his former friend to several mutual friends. The Pyles were aware of several visits to Lubbock by an El Paso-area employe of the land broker to "check up" on Pyle's activities. 1'jie Leaves Cr.yplle Memo CLOSE friends said Pyle, a pilot who at one lime owned his own plane, made repeated trips to several states so the broker could transact land deals and apparently set up financing. Pyle also introduced him to several New Mexico ranchers, they said. Sources said the contract for the sale of the ranch to the land broker intentionally was made "as flexible as possible" to allow the broker greater financial latitude in purchasing the huge ranch. The attorney who represented both parties in the contract was the broker's personal attorney in Albuquerque. In a memo Pyle wrote shortly before his death, he cryptically referred to the transaction with the broker, saying, "I cannot help but feel that there has to be something else involved hare that nono of us knows about, but that in time perhaps wil come to light." About four months later, he was dead. PYLE'S death created heavy speculation and doubt even following the verdict o£ accidental death. Pyle's attractive wife, Patti, ant!-Stan Ward, a friend who had been with Pyle the night before his body was found, were critical of the inquest, saying they weren't allowed to testify. They said they would have offered testimony conflicting with the final decision of accidental death due to excessive alcoholic consumption. Reliability of lab tests performed by the Department of Public Safety in Austin was marginal after a cannister containing specimens was damaged. DPS officials claimed they were damaged in the mail, making conclusive analysis impossible. However, a pathologist said he found evidence of fatty dystrophy in Pyle's liver, a condition he said is aggravated by alcohol. The eventual verdict was based on estimates of bat- tabs at three Lubbock clubs frequented by Pyle, Ward and the two mysterious women only hours before Pyle's body was found. Several of Pyle's close friends contended one of his drinks could have been laced wild a drug or possibly methanol. Widespread attempts by police to locate the women, one who claimed to be from Ruidoso, N.M., have been unsuccessful. Equally unsuccessful has'e been attempts to locate the distinctive $?,2,000 ring missing from Pyle's body along with his wallet and car keys. Close friends of Pyle, including the source interviewed by The Avalanche-Journal, doubt the accidental verdict which, ; legally at least, closed the investigation into his death. Said one of the friends, "Pyle didn't die accidentally." Officers May Have Lead To Mysterious Woman POLICE may have a lead to the identity of one of two mysterious women seen with Forest Barnett Pyie Jr. shortly before his body was found Aug. l(i, 1974. Stan Ward, who had been with Pyle and the women earlier . in the night, said he picked a picture of a woman from a • . group of photos recently shown him by police. "Of those they showed me, the one I picked resembled one . of the women," Ward said. "I think it's the same one several others picked out." The picture was believed to be that of a Denton woman with a previous arrest for prostitution. At least two Lubbock detectives were in the Dallas area recently, apparently working on a lead in the Pyle case. The women are believed to be the last persons to see Pyle alive before his body was found in the back seat of his car in a Southwest Lubbock alley. Missing were Pyle's $32,000 diamond-and-sapphire ring, his car keys and a wallet. City, NWS Geared For Annual Fight Against Storms Struffffles (Continued From Pago One) have been directly atribut- ed to the 2,-180* twisters which plowed through the state during the last 20 years. Twenty-six persons died in May, 1970, when a huge .sloi-m descended on Lubbock. More than one hundred died in T053 when a destructive tornado hit in Waco. A combination of meteor- rological phommenon—suffi- cient moisture, atmospheric instability and upward air movement—merge to form thunderstorm systems, the spawning ground for columns of rotating' wind knou~n as tornadoes. Weathermen don't agree on the actual mechanics of tornado formation, but they do concur on one point: when a twister touches ground, it leaves an indelible mark on everything in jls path. Another accepted fact is that accurate weather tracking and active citizen warning systems are the best devices available lor helping communities avoid the death tolls which, too often, is received from accompany slruction, The National the massive de- Weather Service, which lakes responsibility for tracking, plotting and forecasting the weather throughout the nation, works hand-in-hand with Lubbock's Emergency .Operating Center (EOC) when threatening weather approaches the city. The EOC, located in the basement of City Hall, quickly is transformed into a command post housing city officials including the police chief, fire thief, city manager, public works director, public utilities directo:- and civil defense director. Serviced by both NWS weather-wire transmissions and a rruv/.e of radio equipment, the and telephone ,vord "; EOC. Inside the facility, wall-size maps of the city and surrounding areas are wheeled out for plotting actual storm and tornado information received from \WS and the spotter network. A direct telephone line connects the center one-way with Lubbock radio and television outlets and a number of. businesses and hospitals. City civil defense director Bill Payne emphasizes that judgment ig involved in every action taken at the Emergency Operating Center. Very simply, he said, EOC "is a place where information about what is happening in the community can be collected, problems can be identified and these problems can be solved." The spotter network, staffed by police and fire units "who are accustomed to working with emergencies and under stress," is activated when more information is needed to protect the city than is available from NWS radar, Payne said. Calls begin to go out to "hotline" customers when a tornado watch is issued indicating conditions favorable for tornado Formation exist. Subsequent calls are made in the event that a tornado warning is issued (indicating that a tornado has been sighted or is indicated on radar) or if other local information becomes available, "We don't want to unduly alarm the people," Payne said. "But we do want to warn them when a threat exists." Helpingi in the community- protection effort is the Storm Defense Club, an organization of about no members which gathers data on storm movement and characteristics by placing a series of instruments at key locations. "This enables us to follow any storm path pretty easily," Of China Related By STEVE CARRE IX Avalanche-Jourual Staff STUNNED silence hit a crowd of approximately 300 persons when the death of Chiang Kai-Shek was announced at the annual Chinese Cultural Exhibition Saturday night. K.C. Dunn, consulate general of the Republic of China, special guest of the Texas Tech University Chinese Students Association, sponsors .f Hie event, made the announcement. The crowd observed one minute of silence in memoriam for the Chinese leader. Lord Michael Lindsay -and lis wife, Hsiao-Li, gave an in iriguing account of earlier hinese struggles and tragedies. Lindsay was a communications consultant for the Chinese army in the Japanese- tiinese conflicts that shook Hiina between 1935 and 1943. .indsay associated with many Chinese leaders, including Mao Tse-Tung during this period. He and his wife returned to in 1951 and again in 1973. Lindsay said, and his slides showed, progress in some areas of society but regression in oth- EOC literally becomes the nerve center of the city when violent weather is brewing nearby. A network of "spotters'' take. Mekong Delta Battle Flares SAIGON, South Vietnaniitime, mainly citing aid cul> !AP) — Fighting was reported Saturday in the populous Me- fong Delta south of Saigon for he first time since Communisl- ed forces began the month-long ivithin striking .ense capital. Americans. distance of the Japanese and some other foreigners were departing in growing numbers. A task force of U.S. Navy ships was being assembled in the western Pacilic for the possible and offensive in which they have suicide if he does not "bomb. conquered three-fourths of "- n * lo% " 1 f ' "" """"'' " T " South Vietnam. There were no firm accounts of moves by Communist-led "orces positioned in other areas have made enormous since the Communist ers. He said rural electricity, irrigation and public health programs strides takeover. But he said anywhere Communist doctrine was especially stressed, progress was lacking. He said idealism in land reform severely .stifled agricultural production for many years. Lindsay's wife made a short, emotional case for Chinese freedom, saying personal freedoms and items such as housing were sacrificed at the expense of doctrine and technical progress. The crowd sampled artistic and culinary delights along with Lindsay's food for thought. Kung-fu,, folk dancing and musical exhibitions were displayed by Chinese students from Tech and four other colleges across Texas. GOOD DAY FOR A RIDE — Fair skies Saturday brought out this dune buggy made by its driver. Leon Quimby of 3201! Erskine and Kenny Ellis of <!02G 37th St. The two men started with a 1957 model car and spent about 51,200 in making the vehicle. It has a ,"!27 V-S engine and weighs about 2,700 pounds. It lias been inspected for street use, the owners said. (Staff Photo by Harvey Madison') Two Brothers Charged Here In Early Morning Shooting backs. Vietnamese Vgislalors announced they had sent a "cable written in blood" to President Ford threatening to commit and land troops on Hanoi.'' In a mimeographed sheet distributed to reporters, they said Ford, and the American people "have inflicted on us a death verdict." : Officials at the U.S. Embassy here were reported concerned over an increasing anti-AmerV can trend in the wake of the military losses. It was being expressed by government offi ; cials and in newspaper editorials, although not in any over£ evacuation of Americans some Vietnamese. Clash In Delta The heaviest clash was reported at Kien Giang, on the]that the "critidsm""might"Vu"ra western edge ot the Delta about inflammatorv. 120 miles southwest of Saigon. way so far in the streets or other sectors of Saigon, The American officials were said to be worried, however, Military spokesmen in Saigon said 77 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong were killed. They put government losses at five men killed and eight wounded. One- third of South Vietnam's 20 million people live in the Delta, a rich agricultural area. Official sources said the im- group The embassy said 50 to 60 Americans, mostly defense contract workers, left Saturday for the Philippines but that it was not a mnss evacuation. Edward F. Veiluva. 51. of Oklahoma City, one of those arribing in. the said Eugenia Morse, a director of tlie group. SDC also uses "huilpads." instruments constructed of alumi- covering a plastic frame. Hail falling on the aluminum . positions throughout the city [leaves impressions which and on Loop 289 as soon as the Exhumation be interpreted to determine the I size, force and density of a hail ' storm—often responsible i'or Tractor Mishap Kills Area Girl | PETERSBURG (Special) — IA 6-year-old sir! was killed j Saturday afternoon in a farm i accident near here. Fnye Waynctte Williams, daughter Of Mr. and Mrs. Atvis Williams • of Petersburg, was much of th e damage rendered | dc . lfl on arriva! ilbo ut4:45 p.m. (Continued From Page One) the woman had been dead several liours when the body wasj constantly are monitoring radar found. [equipment, plotting storm by severe thunderstorms. Meanwhile, in the weather service station at Lubbock Regional Airport, weathermen Saturday at Croshyton Clinic Hospital after a grading blade apparently fell on her. According to sheriff deputies. the girl was playing around the that was balanced on i blocks on the Jerry Mull farm can i near here, said j Services were pending with By KYLE MORSK Avalanche-Journal Staff Two brothers, after flipping their car near O'DonneU, were arrested Saturday morning in connection with the shooting of Jerry Marques, 37, of -4516 E. 1st F'lace. Charge with murder and in Lubbock County Jail were Angel Mario Gniv.a, 23, and Miguel "Juan" Gar/a Jr., 24, both of 505 46th St. Bonds had not been set. Marques, shot four times, was found lying on the blood- soaked wooden floor in the dining room of his home. "He was shot twice in the head, then twice more in the back, after he fell," said Ernost Rector, deputy sheriff. One of the shots in the back reportedly traveled down the man's left arm, Rector said. The shooting occurred about 4:15 a.m. Saturday after an argument over money. After the shooting, the brothers apparently went home, grabbed some clothes, and headed south, officials said. Their overturned car was found about five miles north of Miss Brownlee had celebrated; movement and development. her 2l!rd birthday Feb. 14 atj "By using radar, we her Plainview home and had:track thunderstorms." been returned to the slate j Ronald Imcs. school campus only a short.parcdness = lime before her death. Though (radar alone cannot bc°depemlcd 'Mr. and Mrs. Alvis Williams nt'!ran off the road i: authorities said t'.ie woman hadjupon to detect the presence of a l p e l c r s '' u >' %'• * 01 "' brothers,) over." Rector said, received some money for her tornado in a storm system, birthday, school officials rcpor'- ^— •"-••- • •- s. a community ;,re- .Carter Funeral Home in Rnlls.i "Apparently meteorologist. But i Survivors include her parents,! in« fast, lost < O'DonneU Saturday morning, according to the Department of Public Safety. "Apparently they were travel- control of the car. and flipped Mike, Randy, Keith and _ <...._ edly found only a small amount j service depends heavily on tor- j i Ltiuvi i| I a. i tut Hi ayblUil], i a»i u\<_ , 4 v n JL u j , j^.<_ i LJ i a i*it For this reason, the weather 'Charles; two sisters, Kay Na- of change in her purse following her death. Judge Smith said he has contacted Justice of the Peace Glenn Stone in Plainview who has agreed to expedite the exhumation, The disintcrment examination, Judge Smith said, will be a closed inquest to protect the privacy of the family. The exhumation motion is believed to be the first sought in Lubbock nado-relatcd information supplied by law enforcement agencies and the EOC spotter 'network. An experimental tornado detested at the Lubbock NWS station. In theory, the machine can detect tornadic conditions by measuring changes in electrical output of a thunderstorm, proven nette and .ludi Janclte, all of the home; her grandparents, G. C. Kendrick of Rising Star; L. L. Williams and Mrs. Elvclyn Fhifer, both of Comanche; and "her The brothers hitched a ride to Lamcsa, Rector said, where they reportedly telephoned a relative to come get them. When deputies arrived al their East Lubbock home about 10:30 a.m. Saturday, both men vestiyation. Asst. Criminal Dist. Atty. Mike Irish was brought to the court house and charges of murder were filed on the brolh- Wayne LeCroy, Justine of the Peace, also issued an arrest warrant at that time, deputies said. Services for Marquee are pending Svith Wilson Funeral Home. He was a laborer wiUi the Santa Fe Railway nncl had Airlift Of V Carrying 9( (Continued From Page One) ing the results of the investigation and notiifcation of next of kin. moved to Lubbock from Yeso, N.M. in 193S. . ( Survivors include his parents, .Air. and Mrs. Jose Marquez of Lubbock; five sisters, Mrs. Faustino Sanche/ and Mrs. Sylvia Garcia, both of Lubbock, Mrs. Carmen Lockamy of San Antonio, Mrs. Bertha Rodolfo of Plainviow, and Mis. Julia Sotcl- !o of Ogden. Utah; and two brother;;. Roque of Crosbyton and Michael of Lubbock. iet Orphans )0 To U.S. sters aboard a C141 which had brought military equipment into Saigon — just as the Gala- xv did a dav earlier. The Diane Philippines said defense attache had given ,. , ... .group five days to leave mediate military threat to Sai- country. gon was being assessed by the '. hour. Earlier Washington in-! telligence reports said North Vietnam was pushing more than 1.000 fresh troops a clay into South Vietnam to join those already in place and possible prepare for another major military move. Kefugees Arrive Relief sources said nearly 40,000 refugees had arrived by the U.S, his the U.S. Navy and merchant ships at Phu Quoc island in the Gulf of Siam. The sources said the refugees had been picked up off coastal areas lost to the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. Terrorists Kill Six In Belfast BELFAST, Northern Ireland' (AP) Terrorist bombs exploded in two Belfast pubs Saturday, killing at least six pcr- . Phu Quoc is 120 miles south- sons and injuring about 70, po- wcst of Saigon and about seven miles off the Cambodian coast. On the Saigon political scene, radical and moderate groups in opposition to President Ng.iyen Van Thieu were critical ol his lice said. In the first bombing, a young blonde woman hurled an explosive in a gas cylinder- through the door of McLaughlin's bar, used mainly. by Roman Catholics, as patrons decision to name; a new ire- mior to form a new govern-!gathered around the television rnent. They said it would nol'set to watcli the Grand Nation- mean an end to the calls for al Horse Race. Jl killed two persons and in- Thieu himself to step down. Rumors Flying jured about 15. police said. A Rumors of all sorts filled Sai-|bartcnder said the blast b.'ev,- gon concerning the Kovcrn-| three people across the floor ment, but solid information was;and into another room. The embassy said the number aboard now appeared to be more than originally reported. The airlift of children resumed in the spirit of prayers offered at a memorial service at the airport, for crash dead. scanty. [ loiter Bombing- There wns no .sign that Thieu| A short lime later a bomb himself wns prepared to heed i went off in a pub frequciitcci stopped over at Clark Air Base in the Philippines before going on to San Francisco where Lt. Col. Dick Mitchell, assistant air attache at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, said the children would real-grandmother, were asleep on couches in the TimVel.hoCommanche.| living room. After the initial in- The Rev. John .1. Movcir;h, head of the Catholic Relief Service in Saigon, prayed with about 500 mourners, including U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin, for the "work to continue, the job is not clone." Forty of the children flown out. Saturday were .survivors of Friday's crash. The first to leave in the post- crash renewal of the orphan airlift ordered last Thursday by President Ford were 31. young- the plane be welcomed by Ford. 1 The C141 flight was followed ic demands that he quit office. 5 his television speech Friday ight. when he announced he ad named Nguyen Ba Can to eplace Tran Thien Khiem as remier, Thieu called for mect- ig force. He also was sharply ritical of the U.S. role at this about an hour later by the first chartered Pan American Booing 747 loaded with 409 children and 60 escorts, including men who proudly announced they had changed their first diaper even before the plane got off the ground. The aircraft was chartered by the Holt Children's Service, a major adoption agency in Saigon. It was not part of the $2 million U.S. government pro gram to fly out, 2,000 orphans. ,, , • -, n/ .r, However, it is yet to County since ^962. . situat Ton. .interred the | Wc3the] . scn , ice spokesmen body of Syl Greener three times to determine the cnusc of his death. Proposed Education Plan Draws Fire Chiang Dies (Continued From Vagc One) the time when we are getting stronger my colleagues and my countrymen, you should not forget our sorrow and our hope because of my death. My spirit will be always with my colleagues and my countrymen to fulfill the three people's principles, to recover the mainland, and to restore our national culture." The three principles are nationalism, democracy and social well-being expounded by the late Sun Yat-sen, leader of the 1911 revolution against China's last imperial dynasty. and city officials stress the need for advance planning! on j issue bonds the part of individuals in Hie [purposes. event that violent weather conditions occur in Lubbock. When daylight conditions be- (Continued From Pag* One) I proposed Constitution will rc.suU the Texas A&M System retain;in ciino.s for higher education," their constitutional authority tojthey said. come extremely dark and severe lightning, rain and possibly hail begin pounding down on the cty, imcs said, "a person should become extremely watchful..J would, by all means, have a radio or television handy." "When you hear a (tornado) watch, it is time to plan what you would do in case there is a warning. "When there is a warning' and conditions are threatening," Tmes said, "it is time to act and put in effect your plan. "Remain calm. Don't get panicky and seek the best shelter available." construction i Other board chairmen or (members joining with Willis "U n i v e r s i t y regents and j and Formby include William board members at such inslitu-j Button, Dallas, chairman of tlia lions as West Texas Slate Uni-. board of East Texas Slate; Wil- versily. East Texas Slate Uni-jliam M. T hacker, Wichita Falls,' versity, Texas A&I University System, North Texas State University, Tox;is Tech University and the University of Houston and others will have their constitutional authority to issue bonds jerked from local control," Formhy and Willis pointed out. "Without clear constitutional authority to issue bonds at the local level and under locan control we become second class cit- ixens," Willis and Formby .said. "This is hard to understand and is totally unacceptable." "Centralization of power in Austin such as is granted in chairman of the hoard, Midwestern University; Mayor J. C. Martin, Laredo, chairman of ihe board. Texas A&I System; A. J. Farfel, Houston, chairman of the board. University of Houston; Cloyce Box, Dallas, West Texas State University, board chairman, and Bernard G. Johnson, Houston, chairman of the Board of Regents of state senior colleges which includes Southwest Texas Slate, Sam Houston State, Angelo Slate and Stil Ross Universities. "These are the ones we have contacted at this point," Willis and Formby said. "But we feel Article 7, Section D (c) in the' sure when the other universities and colleges realize the danger they will join with us." They said the language of the proposed section, "clearly .slates the Legislature shall have the authority lo approve issuance of bonds. This differs from tho current Constitution' which vests thai power with the lor-ai governing boards*" The House of Representatives is scheduled to begin consideration of the proposed new consti- .ution this week in Austin. "We feel sure House members will not want lo take away flic authority of local boards," Willis and Formby said. "Afler all, traditionally the State of Texas has shown its belief in control at the local level where problems are belter known." Willis and Formby said they are not necessarily against a new Constitution for Texas. "We, and others in higher edu cation, feel strongly this partic ular language must be changed. "This can be done without damaging the proposed document. It will make it more acceptable to the voters and also will leave the authority al the local level where it belongs." Formby further slated that he ci.ukl not'understand the philosophy expressed by the Senate in its passage of Senate Join Resolution 11, since it destroyed long standing traditions in high :r education in Texas. Formby snid, "Senator Kent Hance o Lubbock should ha commende< by all those in higher education for his efforts on the floor o the Senate in attempting tc amend the document so tha governing boards outside the University of Texas System an* the Texas A&M System woul have those the same authority a boards will continue have under th« proposed nev constitution." mostly by Protestants — the, Mountninview bar iti Shankill. Road. Police said at least four persons were killed in that explosion and about 55 injured. No group immediately! claimed responsibility for either blast. Diane Bryan Captures Spelling Title Again (Coutinncd From Page One) and has competed in the Lubbock County event in 1372, 1973, 1974 and 1975. The regional titlist will receive an expense-pai'I trip to Washington, D.C., June 2-7 for Uic National Spelling Bee in the Mayflower Hotel, a loving cup and a 17-jewel Swiss yellow gold-face girls' Movado watch. Cindy received a 30-voj- ume, three part, "Britannica 3.' 1 from Encyclopaedia Britannica. Glenn received a 12-inch black and while portable Zenith television set. Toni was awarded an Encyclopaedia Britannica World Atlas and Anna was given an Encyclopaedia Britannica Yearlwok of Science and the Future. Chris won an American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language and Priscilla was given an American Heritage Schol Dictionary, Linda won a Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary and Suzanne won a 1975 World Almanac. All of the 20 contestants Saturday at Smylie Wilson Junior High School were : eliminated after th e fifth • round, except the top nine spoilers. The top four con- : - testants spelled alone for live rounds before the field v.'as narrowed to the top two finalists. Janet Gales of Dickens County was eliminated in . the second round and Laurie Cheatham of Yoakum County went out in the third round as did David Weaver' of Garza County. Three entrants were out in the ' fourth round, Tammy Tel- chik of Border) County. Jimmy Jones of Floyd County and Janet Medlock of Crosby County. Five contestants wevo = eliminated in the fifth' round, Valerie Keith of Cochran County, Desiree Burgess of Andrews County, Jodi Bolin of Mitchell Coun- \ ty, Belte Anderson of Hockley County and Brad Poyner of Bailey County. Su/- anne was out in the seventh ' round and Linda was elimi-. ' natecl in the llth round. .. Priscilla misspelled in the : ' 15th round, Chris in the 16th round and Anna in the 18th round, . 3

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