Cherokeean/Herald (Rusk, Tex.), Vol. 142, No. 24, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 19, 1990 Page: 1 of 16
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Vol. 142, No. 24-12 Pages
Thursday, July 19, 1990
Rusk, Texas 75785 25 cents
'Operation stamp out rock' is held
U .S. Department of Agriculture,
special agents, state, county and
local officers from East TexaB have
served search warrants on 63 per-
sons charged with food stamp traf-
ficking and drug related violations.
Authorities began arresting sus-
pects early Monday morning.
A federal grand jury in Tyler re-
turned sealed indictments charging
27 defendants with exchanging food
stamps for cash or narcotics, or dis-
tribution of controlled substances.
The remaining 36 defendants were
charged by state authorities on drug
or food stamp charges. Involved in
the arrests were representatives
from five business authorized to
accept food stamps and three un-
authorized businesses. Two of the
unauthorized businesses were lo-
cated in Cherokee County.
The indictments were part of
"Operation Stamp Out Rock" which
focused on identifying individuals
and businesses who were illegally
accepting food stamps in exchange
for cash or narcotics. Undercover
USDA agents and state officers
exchanged $7,870 in food stamps
for cash and quantities of narcotics.
The maximum penalty for unauthor-
ized possession and acquisition of
A PRESS CONFERENCE Monday afternoon at the Cherokee County Jail is conducted
by these representatives of federal, state and local agencies. -staff photo
food stamps is five years in prison
and a fine not to exceed $250,000.
The federal drug offenses carry
heavy punishment ranges under the
Federal Sentencing Guidelines,
including the fact that parole has
been abolished in the Federal crimi-
nal justice system. Additionally the
provisions of Title 21 USC Section
853a provide the District Court with
the option of denying future federal
benefits to drug traffickers.
"Operation Stamp Out Rock" was
a joint investigation and prosecu-
tion by the Texas Department of
Public Safety, Texas Rangers; the
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commis-
sion; the Texas Department of
Human Services; Office of Inspec-
tor General; the Cherokee County
Sheriff's Department; the Athens,
Jacksonville and Palestine Police
Department; the Deep East Texas
Narcotic Trafficking Task Force;
U SDA'b Office of Inspector General;
the Anderson and Cherokee County
District Attorney's offices; the U. S.
Attorney's office. This operation
clearly demonstrates the value of
cooperation between the federal
government and local authorities.
Among those charged are:
Sharon Willis Tilley of 465 N.
Ragsdale, Jacksonville - charged
with state food staraprelated charge.
Bond - $10,000
Victor McBrideof 414 N. Jackson,
Jacksonville - charged with deliv-
ery of a controlled substance. Bond
James McDonald of Rt. 9, Box
245, Jacksonville - charged with
delivery of a controlled substance.
Bond - $10,000
Benjamin Duffie of 229 Skyline,
Jacksonville - charged with deliv-
ery of a controlled substance. Bond
James A Mitchell of Rt 1, Box
1112, Alto - charged with delivery of
a controlled substance.
Stanley Mitchell of P.O. Box 394,
Alto - charged with delivery of a
Keith Pool of P.O. Box 413, Alto -
charged with Federal offenses of
distribution of cocaine at a public
school; food stamp trafficking
Cedric Brown of 113 Fry, Jackson-
ville - charged with Federal offenses
of delivery ofacontrolled substance;
food stamp trafficking
Howard Fuller of 101 Ladd,
Jacksonville - charged with deliv-
ery of a controlled substance.
This is the third operation of this
nature to be accomplished in the 43
county region of the Eastern Dis-
trict of Texas by the Office of the
Inspector General, U. S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture and the U. S.
Attorney's office. Similar opera-
tions were carried out at Liberty,
Beaumont and Orange. The federal
defendants are being transported
to the U. S. Courthouse in Tyler,
were the U. S. Marshall rearranged
temporary processing facilities for
the 27 federal defendants. Further
indictments are expected at a later
A news conference was held
Monday afternoon at the Cherokee
The undercover portion of Opera-
tion "Stamp Out Rock" was con-
ducted during a six week period
from Oct. 4, 1989 through Nov. 10,
1989 with the following results:
Food Stamps Used (discounted for
cash and used to purchase narcot-
ics and other items) $7,870-; U.S.
♦See Drug bust
Clayton Williams brings campaign to Rusk
By RADHA SRINIVASAN
Republican gubernatorial candi-
date Clayton Williams campaigned
in Rusk Tuesday, addressing ap-
proximately 150 spectators, young
and old, at the courthouse lawn.
Williams, accompanied by his wife
and daughter, opened his 15-min-
ute speech by congratulating the
local sheriffs department for
Monday's drug bust.
"rip going to work for plenty of
places to put them (the dealers) in,"
said Williams. His comments on
fighting drugs, a speech highlight,
drew bursts of applause at several
Williams said combatting drugs
could be accomplished through
tougher law enforcement, more pris-
ons, stiffer penalties and preven-
"We must restore the sting for
drug enforcement," said Williams.
"I want the death penalty for any
dealer whose drugs caused the death
of a youth."
Williams then related his now
famous "busting rocks" speech when
dealing with first offenders.
"First offenders should be given a
second chance," said Williams. "But
it should be a tough second chance.
They should get up early and go
through calisthenics and drug coun-
Williams added the best cure for
drug abuse íb prevention.
"The secret (of a drug free society)
is prevention," said Williams. "Our
children should be educated of the
dangers against them."
Williams said his 32 years of
experience as a businessman gives
him the leadership to install his
programs. Williams owns several
large corporations, including the
Williams Companies, ClayDesta
National Bank, ClayDesta Corpo-
ration and ClayDesta Communica-
"I'm a proven problem solver and
businessman," said Williams. "I
at Region VII
An . opportunity for the public
previewingof films is scheduled July
27 at Region VII Education Service
Center, Kilgore, at the Open House
conducted by the Film Library of
the curriculum, Training and Tech-
nology Component Hours for the
Open House are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
for Alto athletes
Physicals for all Alto Jr. High and
Sr. High athletes will be given on
Thursday, August 2 at the high
school field house. Boys will be from
8.-00 -10:00 a.m. and girls will fol-
lowfrom 10:00- 12:00 a.m. A$10fee
will be charged. All students wish-
ing to participate in athletics must
have a physical prior to competi-
know the oil patch. I've farmed and
ranched. A friend once told me that
you can't drive horseback into the
20th century. I told him you can if
ypu have a good horse."
He defined a godd horsft as "hon-
esty, integrity and a hard day's
In addition to drug abuse and
leadership, Williams addressed
other conservative issues of his
platform. He said he does not be-
lieve in flag burning or sodomy, and
he believes parents should have the
right to know iftheir teenage daugh-
ter is planning an abortion. Wil-
liams said his beliefs reflect the
values of Texqns, as opposed to his
liberal opponent Ann Richards.
"Ann Richards and Clayton Wil-
liams offer two distinct visions for
Texas' future," said Williams. "Ann
Richards values mediocrity. She
measures things by the amount of
money spent on them."
Williams closed his speech with
his trademark blend of charisma
and cockiness, saying, "After I fin-
ish my eight years in the governor's
office, I hope you people say, 'Clay-
ton Williams gave us the highest
political return of any governor'."
Republican County Chairman
Jerry Ayers, who introduced Wil-
liams to the crowd, said he was
happy with the turnout.
"We showed Clayton Williams
how much Cherokee County really
appreciates him," said Ayers.
LET'S MAKE TEXAS, reat again! Clayton Williams, candidate for Texas Governor; his
wife, Modesta and daughter, Jimmalou, stand on the Cherokee County Courthouse
steps. Williams made a campaign swing through Cherokee County, stopping at Rusk
for a visit with several hundred supporters. -staff photo
New sewer plant is not foreseen
by engineer in Rusk's near future
Memorial service Friendship Club
The annual Memorial service held
each year at the Shady Grove
Church will be at 11 a.m. Sunday,
July 22. The Rev. R. S. Dyess will be
in charge of the service. All inter-
ested persons are welcome. A cov-
ered dish lunch will be served at
The Barsola Homecoming will be
held July 22 at the pavilion at Bar-
sola. Everyone is invited. Bring a
picnic lunch and visit with friends
and neighbors from the past
Association meeting set
Alto Friendship Club will meet
at 6 p.m. Thursday for a covered
dish dinner. The public is invited to
Pictures of youngsters and teamB
of the Rusk Lions Club Baseball
program are ready. Pictures can be
picked up at Dr. Jerry Ocker's den-
tal office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m.
to noon on Friday.
Rusk First Baptist
Vacation Bible School is planned
for 6 to 9 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3 at the
Rusk First Baptist Church. Bible
study, refreshment*, games, much
and other events are planned for
the week long school
Sessions are scheduled for chil-
dren, youths and adulto.
Dorothy Jackson and her "Soul
Food" will be featured at 7 a.m.
Thursday on Tumbleweed
Smith's Sounds of Texas. The
feature will be replayed during
Thursday morning's Talk Time.
"I don't see that you should rush
out and build a new $2 or $3 million
sewer plant," City engineer Ralph
Stokes of Stokes and Associates of
Henderson, told members of the
Rusk City Council Thursday eve-
ning. Stokes reported to the council
on work in seeking a new permit to
operate the City's sewer plant. He
told the council that the city might
look at a new plant in about five
years when a new permit is sought.
"The citizens of Rusk owe a big
thank you to City Councilman Mike
Crysup and Rusk businessman Jim
Perkins for their efforts in getting a
Stokes said his firm had been
notified May 22 by Pee Wee Drake,
then Rusk City Manager, concern-
ing the issuance of a new, revised
Wastewater Discharge Permit in
draft form by the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection agency. After
reviewing the draft permit require-
ments, he noted the parameters
were not attainable with the exist-
ing plant. To meet the new plant
requirements, a completely new
plant would have had to be con-
structed. EPA requirements are
arrived at on the recommendation
of the Texas Water Commission.
Stokes, Crysup and Perkins met
with Texas Water Commissioner
Cliff Johnson of Palestine, a former
state representative for Cherokee
and Anderson counties. A new re-
view meeting was arranged with
the Water Commission personnel
concerning the new, more stringent
limits being placed on the city's
wastewater treatment plant.
A copy of the heavy metals tests
report authorized by the City and
performed by Angelina and Noches
River Authority was received by
Stokes. Review of these test results
showed that the treatment plant
discharge contained an excessive
amount of copper and silver. This
was the first indication that the
treatment plant had heavy metals
discharge problems. These results
had already been reported to the
Texas Water Commission.
Crysup and Stokes met with Cliff
Johnson, Ann McGinley and Ron
Pedde of the Texas Water Commis-
sion. Ageneral review revealed that
the reason for the limitations placed
on the plant discharge requirement
was directly related to the low flow,"
which commission personnel had
assumed in One-Eye Creek, up-
stream from the plant. This flow
was revised upward from 45 gal-
lons per minute to 1,032 gallons per
•See Rusk City page 12
Jury selected last week;
trial to begin Tuesday
After approximately two and a
half months, a jury has finally
been selected to hear capital mur-
der chafes against Terry Watkins
of Nacogdoches. Watkins is charged
with the March 11,1989, murder of
Jackie Hicks of Alto.
Jury selection concluded around
5 p.m. Thursday, with only three of
the 000 persons summoned for jury
selection still waiting tor interviews.
All of the 600 persons sent sum
ftlmut fehtlMM with lailwl HI"
* * ** *
cuses and the three waiting persons
were interviewed. Jury selection
began in early May and continued
until Thursday afternoon. The 12th
juror and the two alternates were
The trial is scheduled to begin
July 24 in the 369th District Court
of Judge Bascom Bentley 111. The
state will be represented by District
Attorney Charles Holcomb and his
staff John Heath of Nacogdoches is
attorney for Watkins
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