The J-TAC (Stephenville, Tex.), Vol. 159, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 27, 2000 Page: 12 of 12
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Riggins enters plea agreement in Purple Poo house blaze
By Eufemia R.Tanner
According to documents filed
with the 266th Judicial District
Clerk's office, James Aaron
Riggins entered into a plea bargain
agreement with District Attorney
John Terrill January 18, 2000. He
plead guilty to the October 17,
1999 fire at the Purple Poo
Organization house* which mini-
mally damaged the structure.
Tarleton police officers investi-
gating the case had identified
Riggins as the sole suspect
through eye witness accounts and
crime scene evidence. The case
break came when Riggins turned
himself in to authorities on
November 17,1999 and admitted
that he set the blaze.
When reached for comment,
Riggins declined to reveal any
specifics about the case. However,
court documents signed by
Riggins and arresting officer
Sergeant Randy Dolloff stated the
defendant was responsible for
administering gasoline to. a por-
tion of the building and igniting it
with the intent to damage or
Riggins voluntarily waived his
rights to an indictment by a grand
jury and plead guilty to second
degree felony arson before Erath
County District Court Judge
Donald R. Jones,
The court's ruling sentenced
Riggins to a $1000 fine, $700 resti-
tution to Tarleton, 300 hours of
community service and a $230.25
Jones placed Riggins on proba-
tion for six years during which
time he must abide by several
rules of conduct. According to his
probationary guidelines enumerat-
ed in the Order Deferring
Adjudication, Riggins must keep
lawful employment and remain
within the Texas state boundary
unless permitted otherwise by the
Riggins will be required to par-
ticipate in any education programs
as directed by his community
supervisor. He is required to
report to the Erath County
Probation Officer before the fifth
of each month and pay a $25 fee
monthly for the duration of the
probation period. The fines and
fees collectively will cost the for-
mer Tarleton student $3730.25 and
twelve and a half days.
Riggins must not commit or be
convicted of any unlawful offense
against any state in the US, and he
must abstain from the use of alco-
hol and unlawful controlled sub-
stances. Riggins is also required
to submit to blood and urine test-
ing at the discretion of the
Probation Officer and permit the
officer to visit his home randomly
for the duration of the probation
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And* Duncan - The J-TAC
The Purple Poo organization house suffered minimal damage
October f 7, 1999, during a fire set by former Tarleton student, John Allen Riggins.
Study finds teenagers still smoking
despite using successful nicotine patch
The nicotine patch, credited
for helping thousands of
adults quit smoking, may not
help teenagers dump the ciga-
rette habit, according to a new
study by the Mayo Clinic.
A study of 100 teen smokers
between the ages of 13 to 17
who tried wearing a nicotine
patch to quit the habit found
that only five teens weren't
smoking after six months.
The study — published in
the Archives of Pediatric and
Adolescent Medicine — noted
that for adults, the patches
have a success rate of about 25
percent.Researchers said that
while the treatment did not
prevent all the adolescents
from smoking, it did help to
lower the number of cigarettes
the teens smoked to an aver-
age of less than three a day
from 18 cigarettes prior to
Richard Hurt, the lead investi-
gator arid director of the Mayo
Clinic Nicotine Dependence
Centre, said, "It's clear from
this study that patches by
themselves are not as effective
for adolescents as they are for
'"We found in our study that
more teens than we expected
do want to quit smoking,
which is very encouraging,"
he said. "We need to find a
nicotine replacement alterna-
tive that works for them. And
we need to gear our behav-
ioral counselling toward teen
About 3,000 U.S. teens begin
smoking every day, according
to the Centers for Disease
CQNT/NU£D FROM PAGE ONE
Washington graduated in 1993 from Tarleton
with a Bachelor of Business Administration
degree in human resources management.
He is a human resources consultant for the City
of Fort Worth. While at Tarleton, he was a
Presidential Honors Scholar, a member of Alpha
Chi and Phi Eta Sigma, and a recipient of the
John Tarleton Spirit Award.
He is one of the founding members of the
Sigma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha /
national fraternity, of which Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr. was also a member.
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The study also suggested a
link between disabilities and
gender, Of those students
reporting a disability, 53 per-
cent were male; men make up
only 46 percent of all students.
The report also indicated that
students with disabilities chose
their collegia based more on its
academic reputation than any-
A school name and sound
academic reputation counted
most for 46 percent of students
with disabilities, while only 28
percent said they had chosen
their institution because it
offered special programs for
CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE
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Special to The j-TAC
The Indiana Senate has
approved legislation allowing
the posting of the 10
Commandments in public
buildings along with historical
chamber approved the bill
Tuesday 38-9 after more tftan
an hour of debate on whether it
violated constitutional separa-
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Opponents said the bill
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would appreciate any help from other organiza-
tions. Contact Ventura Monreal at 965-1428 or
Mary Peacock at 965-5176 for further informa-
Ms. Pat Lovell, Vice President for Children's
Services at the Foster Home is quoted as saying,
"We really appreciate the TFC students coming
to us with the idea for this clothing drive. The
potential savings from clothing purchases will
enable Foster's Home to focus the extra funds
toward other areas of development for the chil-
TFC is also working to get a Big Brother type
program off the ground.
According to Mr. Hail, "A possible trip to one
of the Mavericks games for the kids is being con-
sidered. The Big Brother type program will
encourage tutoring and mentoring from its TFC
members. Big Brothers would be required to
spend at least two hours a week with their kid."
The guidelines are being worked out and for
more information contact Brice Hail at 96^-1569.
Members of TFC currently include Ventura
Monreal, Brice Hail, Mary Peacock, Joseph
Hopkins, Jennifer Jordan, Tex Milner, and Laura
Members bring assorted community service
background work into the organization. Mr. Hail
relates, "Ventura brings ideas for fundraisers
from his hometown, Cross Plains Texas, where
he spearheaded a Run For the Fans last summer
to raise money to buy fans for the elderly."
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