The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 30, 1986 · Page 1
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Baytown, Texas
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BE! aptoton MORE THAN 70,060 READERS EVERY DAY Volume 64, No. 154 Telephone Number! 422-U02 Wednesday, April 30. 19M Biytown, T«x«t 77520 23 C«nl§ Pirr Copy Saturday vote may be heavy Precinct 2 race hotly contested By BRUCE GUYNN Fueled by a hotly contested race for the Precinct 2 county commissioner post, the turnout for Saturday's primaries could be heavy In East Harris County, County Clerk Anita Rodeheaver said about half of the absentee votes made In- person in the Democratic Primary were cast in East Harris County, reflecting a high level of interest In the Precinct 2 commissioner's race. See related stories Pages 2-A.9-A Countywide, 6,485 absentee ballots were cast in both the Democratic and GOP primaries. In the Democratic Primary, 2,464 voted in-person and there were 953 mail-in ballots while in the GOP Primary, 2,289 voted in- person and there were 779 mail- in ballots. In Bay town, 380 voted in the Democratic Primary while 144 voted in the Republican Primary. Absentee voting ended Tuesday. ; In the race for Precinct 2 Commissioner, incumbent Jim Fonteno, 59, of Northshore will be opposed by Pasadena City Councilman Don Harrison, 46, and Ron Gersteman, 52, of Baytown, a real estate investor and developer. The winner of the primary will face no Republican opposition. Fonteno, Precinct 2 commissioner for the past 11 years, is currently the object of a district attorney's investigation involving at least one land deal. In other key races, U.S. Rep. (See SATURDAY, Page 9-A) Pearce Street Journal - • There's hope They say military men don't start wars. Politician! do. Thank goodness, Khadafy Is a colonel. •-FH AROUND TOWN DORIS BARRINGER didn't knotf whether to laugh or cry when her granddaughter, Dixie Pond, cut her own hair, then tried to tape It back with masking tape. - David Savoy describes a deep- sea fishing doctor . . . Carol Sherer checks it out ... Jill Rowlands talks about the effects of Cajun music. '. Gloria Cuellar does a great job 0f explaining details of how a membership works . . . Harold Wainwright hosts a "poor man's supper" with more calls than his recorder can handle. • Dorey and David Pryor happy With news from Germany . . . Jason Young sidelined from sports with injuries to an ankle . . . Mike Campbell and Larry Wilkey discuss the art of growing old gracefully. MOVING IN HOWARD BRISTER, chief sanitarian for the Baytown health department, unloads boxes at the department's new office located in the old post office building on Defee Street. The health department is one of three departments moving into the building purchased by the city in July 1985. Also in the building is the police department's crime prevention unit and the city's community development department. (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) Buyout announced Mont Belvieu residents get offer from 13 industrial facilities By DAVID MOHLMAN MONT BELVIEU — Representatives of 13 Industries on Wednesday offered a program to buy residential and church properties adjacent to Mont Belvieu industrial facilities. The group at this time will not make offers to property owners In litigation, as of April 22, 1986, with any of the participating companies, according to officials of the group. Also, the offer does not include commercial property, government-owned property or vacant lots. Eligible property owners will be contacted by mall about the program within a few weeks, said Exxon Pipeline Co.'s Perry Smith, a spokesman for the industry group. Prices offered will be based on current replacement value of each* permanent structure or mobile home pad, plus land costs. Once a price is determined, 10 percent will be added as a relocation allowance. Nicholson Land Services, a real estate consulting firm based in Houston, is scheduled to contact property owners within the next two weeks to arrange for appraisals. The region the buyout program includes goes from the Loop 207-Highway 146 split to just north of where the loop rejoins Highway 146. The northern boundary ends just south of Maranatha Temple church. The western boundary of the region Is Highway 148, except for a small area which extends west of Highway 146 at the southern end. The eastern boundary roughly Is a north-south line that crosses Farm Road 565 between Wlnfree Street and the old Junior high. The buyout region Includes 179 houses, 19 mobile home lots and six churches. The boundaries of the relocation area were determined by considering the natural terrain, existing roadways and the proximity of homes to Industrial installations, according to the industry group. The group says If industry purchases all properties inside the program area, no home in the city wiii be within 800 feet of a storage well. "We have made every effort to ensure that a fair and equitable price will be offered (or the affected properties," said Paul Doran, president of Texas Eastern Products Pipeline and chairman of the Industry group. "This program is strictly voluntary. Those who accept the offer may retain whatever salt or other mineral rights they own,'' said Doran "Homeowners who wish to re- lain Iheir houses may arrange to move them at their own cost." The cost of the program will be determined only after purchase Nuclear fire still burning Contamination reported 1,000 miles away offers are accepted, according to (he group. Participating companies Include Cities Sen/Ice, Conoco, Diamond Shamrock, Enterprise Products, Exxon Pipeline, ARCO Mont Belvieu Corp.. Santa Fe Pipe Lines, Shell Pipe Line Co., Tenneco, Texas Eastern, Warren Petroleum, XRAL and Dixie Pipeline Co. "It's a big step forward," said Mont Belvieu Mayor Fred Mllier of the proposal. "We're going to get to the table." Miller said Wednesday morning he is reserving judgment on the proposal until he and City Council can study it and hear what citizens have to say about It. "As long as there's people here, we have a responsibility to those people, ' said Miller. Councilman Carraii Richardson said. "The formula (for the buyout) sounds good if the appraisals come out right. ' Richardson added he feels the choice of Nicholson Land Services to do the appraisals was a good one. The fact that a proposal is being made is "the best thing that can happen." said Richardson. A buyout plan allows citizens to move if they wish and will help the image of industry in the community, he said. He added he is pleased with increased Involvement with the city, beyond the (See BUYOUT, Page 9-A) MOSCOW (AP) — An inferno raging in the devastated Ukrainian atomic power plant spewed more radiation Into the atmosphere Wednesday, and reports said there were hundreds of deaths in what could be the world's worst nuclear disaster. Sweden, more than 1,000 miles northwest of the Chernobyl plant, warned residents on Its east coast against drinking contaminated rainwater. Radioactive fallout reached Austria today, and some officials advised parents to keep infants indoors. The Soviet government, which has provided scant information, has said two people were killed and four communities evacuated because of the accident, which occurred 60 miies north of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital of 2,4 million, In Bremen, West Germany, Meg Johnson, an exchange student from Robert E. Lee High School and the daughter of Marion and Janette Johnson of Baytown, apparently was missed by the first cloud of radiation from the nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Power Plant. Her father said that for the moment he la not worried, Just concerned, Johnson said that If events appear to escalate, he will call the father of the German family she is living with to see what kind of danger, if any, exists. Classified 4-7-D Comics e-A Crossword Puzzle 6-A Dimension i-D Editorial 4-A Markets 7-A Movie Theaters 6-C Obituaries 7-A People e-B PoliceBcat 2-A School Menus 5-C Sports i-s-c Teen Times ff-C, 9-C Television Log 6-C Wetttter 4.0 Word of Mouth j-j-B WEATHER CLOUDY SKIES with a 50- percent chance of thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday night with a low in the upper 60s. Thursday's forecast calls for cloudy skies with a 30-percent chance of showers or possibly Sunders/lowers with a high near 80 degree*, in the 24-hour period ending at 8 a.m. W*tae*t*y, the recorded lOW WM9 73. Bremen is in Northern West Germany near the North Sea. Johnson said that he has been monitoring the progress of the spread of radiation through news reports. "At least for now, I know she is OK, "he said. Meg has been in West Germany since August and Is scheduled to return to Baytown In June. Johnson said that he has not tried to contact Meg since the accident. Johnson said that Meg would be concerned about something like this, "only if her family is concerned." But other reports indicate the (Set NUCLEAR, Page».A) Veterinarian finds rabies case in Crosby By LOUISE SHAW CROSBY — A case of rabies has been confirmed In the Crosby area, according to Dr. Patricia Harrop, veterinarian with the Crosby Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Harrop said tests proved positive that a cat belonging to a resident In the Newport subdivision had the disease. The animal was first suspected of having the disease on April 16. She said she received confirmation of the diagnosis Tuesday from the Harris County health department. Dr. Harrop said the animal probably contracted the disease from wild animals living the woods in the Newport area. Anyone who might have b«en bitten or scratched by a yellow and white cat in the Newport area should contact their physician immediately, the veterinarian said. Colleen Chappelle of the county's health department said there are six persons who are known to have been exposed to the animal. Those persons will be required to take a series of (See VETERINARIAN, Pag* »-A) Mexico rocked by strong quake MEXICO CITY (AP) - A major earthquake shook Mexico City and coastal states for about 65 seconds early today, sending terrified residents of areas damaged In last September's deadly quake fleeing into the streets in pajamas and bathrobes. Initial reports from the Red Cross, police, firefighters and rescue crews indicated no major damage to buildings and no reported injuries In Mexico City. The quake also was felt in the Pacific coast states of Guerrero, Colima and Jalisco, the government news agency Notimex said, adding police In thoM statM reported no d«m«g* or In* juries. The area Includes the cities o( Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta and Ciudad Guzman. The quake was recorded at 1:07 a.m. (3:07 a.m. EOT) and set buildings swaying in downtown Mexico City and in the Roma neighborhood, one of the hardest hit during the Sept. 19 quake, in which thousands died. The U.S. Geological Survey la Golden, Colo., said the earthquake registered 7.0 on the Rich tor scale and was centered along the Pacific Coast about 250 mile* southwest of Mexico City. However, the National Autonomous University of Mexico's Beismotogfcal center Mid it measured the quake at 6.5 on the Richter scale and was centered 380 miles southwest of Mexico City in the Pacific Ocean. The center also measured two aftershocks about an hour later registering 5.0 and 4.8. There were similar discrepancies in Richter readings Immediately after the September quake, which measured 9.1 oa the Richter scale, and toUowing an aftershock the next day that measured 7.3 on the Ricnter "Things are fairly The people were out la toe but it was because they

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