Rio Grande Herald (Rio Grande City, Tex.), Vol. 35, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 20, 1980 Page: 1 of 12
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E R A L
March 20, 1980
A traffic accident in Rio Grande City has
cost Starr County $6,120. The Com-
missioners' Court agreed to the settlement
in a special meeting Tuesday.
The settlement stemmed from a traffic
accident on Main Street several sweeks ago
when a county-owned vehicle driven by
county employee Gustavo Valadez allegedly
caused another vehicle driven by Sylvia
Montalvo to crash into the private home of
Mrs. Julia F. Villarreal.
The special meeting had been called by
County Judge Bias Chapa at the insistence
To Settle Damages
of Attorney Margil Sanchez Jr., who is
representing Mrs. Villarreal. Amando Pena,
commissioner of Precinct Two, was the only
member of the court absent at the meeting
at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Also present were relatives of Mrs.
Villarreal-Mrs. Graciela V Alaniz, Mrs.
Celia G. Villarreal, and Raul Ruben
The settlement was the only item on the
agenda. Chapa explained that Sanchez was
ready to sue the county, but that there was
no money budgeted, so it was up to the
commissioners' court what to do in the case.
It was mentioned that the county vehicle
driven by Valadez was not insured.
Sanchez explained that all he wanted to do
was arrive at a settlement agreement on the
property damage only, but that if the matter
went to court, he would also sue for physi-
cal injury damages to Mrs. Villarreal, who
was inside her home when the accident
After going into executive session, the
commissioners came out and Precinct One
Commissioner Jose Maria Alvarez Sr. made
the motion that authorization be granted to
County Attorney Alex Gabert to fully and
finally settle all claims of Julia Villarreal
arising from the accident of Feb. 25, 1980,
and to prepare the settlement agreement on
Precinct Three Commissiner Hector
Lozano seconded the motion and it carried
It was mentioned that the county still
faced the possibility of a suit from Sylvia
Montalvo as a result of the same accident
Another Body Found Near Grulla
OFF TO DALLAS— The Valley Mart Basketball team poses with cheerleaders
and other fans just before boarding the Diaz Enterprises motor home on their trek to
Dallas Friday. They were going to compete in the state tournament March 15 and 16.
The Rio Grande City team, sponsored by Valley Marts, had recently conquered the
Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (T.A.A.F.) Region Basketball Tournament title
upon defeating Meza Off ice Supply from Laredo. Members of the winning team are
Ricardo Ixipez, Leon Garcia, Robert I/jpez, Bobby Garcia, Ruben I/jpez, Salvador
Abrego, Danny I/ipez, Tony Garcia, Javier Fuentes and Tavano Ramirez.
Top Country Singer To Be In Rio
Country Western singer Dale McBride,
who has hits like "Ordinary Man" and
"Corpus Christi Wind," will be appearing
nightly at the Fort Ringgold Motor Inn from
March 24 until April 5.
'Hie Dale McBride Show includes McBride
himself, young female vocalist Sheila
Renfro, and five other musicians.
McBride is also one of the top im-
pressionists in the country. His funny
imitations add frosting to the cake after he
sings such hit songs as "Always Irving
Her Man," "I<ove, I Need You," and
"Getting Over You Again." The Dale Mc-
Bride Show has been scheduled for 10 p.m.
nightly at the NCO Club of the Fort Ringgold
Sheila Renfro is a young lady who has
been an integral part of the Dale McBride
Show since November of 1978. She has been
singing since she was 13 in church, at talent
shows, and wrote and sang her graduating
Senior Class theme song at Lott, Texas.
Dale McBride is a country singer of the
easy mellow sort. His style is best when he
gets down to what he calls "realcountry."
The style suits favorites such as "Gentle On
My Mind," and "Rolling With The Flow."
Also included among his hit originals are
"I/jve, I Need You," "My Girl," and "I'm
Saving Up Sunshine."
The body of a male individual was found
at El Mesquitito, between Alto Bonito and
La Victoria Ranch, at about 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Mar. 16.
Justice of the Peace Arturo Clarke of Rio
Grande City, who performed the inquest,
said the Mexican, or Mexican-American
male, had been dead over 24 hours. The
Sheriff's Department is investigating, but
as of Tuesday they had no clues as to the
identity of the individual.
An autopsy was ordered performed on the
body. The young male, who sported stylish
black hairdo and mustache, was about 28 to
30 years old, and about 5'9" tall.
The man weighed about 180 pounds and
had no identifying marks on his body except
for a vaccine scar on the left upper arm. His
hands were not calloused and his stylish
shoes did not appear to have been walked on
He was wearing "Jean's Joint" light-blue
jeans, of 34" waist. He had probably been
killed Friday or Saturday, at point blank,
with two bullets to the right eye from a large
Photographs of the body may be seen at
the District Attorney's Office, the Starr
County Sheriff's Department, or at The Rio
J.P. Clarke Reports
El Mesquitito is a place well-known in the
Grulla area as a gathering place for
On the afternoon of August 24, 1979, the
body of Teodoro "Lolo" Rivera, 35, was
found just south of La Grulla. He had been
shotgunned to death.
Both deaths remain mysteries as of
presstime, as the Starr County Sheriff's
Department continues its investigation.
Assault C harges Filed
Rio Chamber Of Commerce
To Seek County Cooperation
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The Rio Grande City
Chamber of Commerce
voted Tuesday to ask the
Starr County Commissioners
to remove old abandoned
buildings within the town.
Beto Garcia, president,
introduced a letter from a
McAllen law firm, asking the
cooperation of the Chamber
in the matter of removing a
blighted building in the
Richard Ceballos was
behalf of the Chamber.
Reports were made on the
status of the abandonment
of the railroad to Rio Grande
City; the solid industrial
waste disposal site; and the
On February 27, Medardo Garza, 48, of
Rio Grande City, was charged with assault
by Maria Elena Z. Flores, on an incident
which happened at the Rio Grande City
Garza is alleged to have walked into a
classroom and slapped a seven-year-eld son
of Mrs. Flores. Garza was arrested by
Deputy Carlos Vera and was arraigned by
Judge Arturo Clarke. When Garza refused
to sign the bond, Judge Clarke ordered the
man lo be taken to jail and post a surety
Garza escaped from the custody of Vera
and when Vera tried to arrest him again, he
resisted arrest. Bond was set at $5,000 by
Judge Clarke. Garza has two cases with
County Court and one case with the District
Charges of theft were charged on Miguel
Ca.^ilb Dimas, 19, fcl Arroyo Ranch on
Mar. 6. Castillo, a Mexican national,
allegedly stole a Daisy BB rifle from Valley
Mart. Alberto Gallardo, manager of Valley
Mart, filed charges on Castillo. When
Castillo was searched at the county jail, he
had two bottles of liquor hidden in his boots
Charges of theft of over $20.00 but less than
$200.00 were filed against this man. This is a
County Court case. Bond of $3,000.00 was set
by Judge Clarke.
On March 9, charges of unauthorized use
of motor vehicle were filed against Noe G.
Gonzalez, 19, of Monterrey, N.L. Mexico on
theft of a pickup which was parked at a
private residence. Trooper Ernesto Alaniz
of the DPS received the call in this car and
gave chase to Gonzalez. Gonzalez was
charged also with speeding 115 miles per
hour on a 45 mile zone, no driver's license,
and fleeing from a police officer. Roma City
Police also helped the DPS in apprehending
the man, who ran the pickup off the high-
way. Bond of $10,000.00 was set by Judge
Clarke and fines totaling over $300 were
set by Judge Clarke, when Gonzalez pleaded
guilty on the traffic violations.
$14 Million Suit Filed
In District Court
appointed to approach the appearances of Miss Stan-
Commissioners' Court in County in parades.
Democratic Party Leaders
A meeting of the Executive Committee of
the Starr County Democratic Party was
held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the
County Courtroom at the Courthouse, an-
nounced R.C. Salinas, chairman.
TROPHY WINNER- Eliza Alvarez, a
sixth grader at Ringgold Junior High,
brought home a trophy after placing third in
Oral Reading at a meet held in San Isidro
Saturday. Her coaches are Mrs. Lucinda
Vela and Ralph Trevino. She is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Alvarez of Rio
Maria Garcia Solis, the driver of a 1969
Chevrolet pickup truck, was declared dead
at the scene by Justice of the Peace Arturo
Clarke following a single vehicle accident in
front of El Rancho Colorado near Rio
Grande City at about 6:40 p.m. Wednesday,
A passenger in the pickup, Estela Gomez
Rivera, was transferred to McAllen General
Hospital by Ceballos Ambulance.
Sheriff's Deputies Nati Rosales and
Reynaldo Saenz investigated the accident.
The six items on the agenda were:
Certifying the names of state and district
candidates; determining by lot the order of
candidates'names on the ballots; deciding
the hour and place at which the County
Convention shall be held on the first
Saturday after the Democratic Primary
Determining the hour and place at which
the Precinct conventions will be held; ap-
pointment of presiding and alternate
presiding judges for the primary election;
Items of interest pertaining to candidates
and the conduct of elections with the ap-
pointment of a primary committee to make
out the ballots.
The members of the Starr County
Democratic Executive Committee are
Salinas, Mrs. Mary H. Gonzalez, E'rnesto
Lopez, Mrs. Beatrice Aguilar, Antonio
Garcia Jr., I^uro Garza, Miss Emma Vera,
Alfredo Garcia, Miguel Lopez Sr., J.M.
Ixingoria Jr., and Julio Sanez Jr.
On March 4, 1980, Minerva R. Saldana of
Rio Grande City filed a civil complaint with
the 229th Judicial District Court of Starr
County, Texas, seeking over 14 million
dollars in damages.
The complaint names as Defendants
Roger Reed, Branch Manager of the Texas
Rural Legal Aid, Inc., through its Executive
Director David G. Hall.
The complaint states that the Plaintiff
Minerva R. Saldana, a former secretarial
employee of TRLA, was subjected to and
experienced extreme and traumatic mental
pain, suffering and anguish with attendant
physical 'implications as a result of the
malicious and false statements made about
Plaintiff and the intentional, intense,
abusive, and outrageous harassment and
misconduct of Defendants Roger Reed and
According to the complaint, the abusive
misconduct was part of a protracted
campaign by Defendant Roger Reed to
harass, intimidate, humiliate insult an '
inflict emotional distress on Ms. Saldana
and to force and oust her from her em-
ployment with TRLA because Ms Saldana
became a member of the union and because
of his favoritism towards a non-union em-
ployee of TRLA. The complaint further
alleges that Roger Reed followed the
Plaintiff while driving in town and made
menacing rounds on and about her house.
This case is similar to the Contreras case
decided in 1977 in which an employer was
found responsible for intentional infliction of
extreme mental suffering on a Mexican-
American employee and for which the
employee was awarded half a million
dollars in damages. The damages in the
Contreras case were awarded even though
the employer was not directly responsible
for the infliction of the mental distress,
according to Margil Sanchez, Jr., Attorney
at Law, who is representing the plaintiff.
RGC Man Charged
With Attempted Murder
TROPHY WINNER- Cynthia Mon-
talvo, a member of the Rio Grande City
High School tennis team, recently won
second place at the J.V. Tennis Tournament
held in McAllen. Cynthia, a sophomore, is
pictured with her trophy.
A Rio Grande City man was reportedly in
serious condition following a shooting in-
cident Friday outside a local bar.
Adolfo Gonzalez Jr. of Rio Grande City
turned himself in to the local police after
allegedly having shot Ivo Perez in the face
with a 22 caliber rifle.
According to Iyeonel Romeo Alvarez,
Starr County Chief Deputy Sheriff, the
shooting occurred at about 9:05 p.m outside
Julian's Bar at Lopez and Ringgold Streets
Gonzalez was arraigned before Justice of
the Peace Arturo Clarke who set bond at
$60,000 on an attempted murder charge. The
case is pending Starr County Grand Jury
DPS Announces All-Out Effort To Reduce Speeding
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In 1974, the first year of the national 55 in Texas. Since that year compliance has
m.p.h. speed limit, we had widespread decreased and speeds in Texas have in-
voluntary eomplaince with the law which creased to the point that it is estimated that
resulted in a 17.5 reduction in traffic deaths the final death count for 1979 in Texas will be
4,233, an all time high.
Research has conclusively demonstrated
that driving at 55 m.p.h. effects a sub-
stantial reduction (approximately 20 per-
cent) in gasoline consumption when com-
pared to driving at 70 m.p.h.
On February 13, Col. Jim Adams, director
of the Texas Department of Public Safety,
announced an all out effort through
aggressive enforcement action to reduce
speeding in Texas. Col. Adams stated that
field commanders would have greater
flexibility in determining the best
techniques to apprehend violators.
Today, Captain Charles Gunn, com-
mander of the Corpus Christi District of the
Texas Highway Patrol,which includes Starr
County, stated that an all out aggressive
enforcement has begun on the highways of
South Texas This program will have
supervisors, who drive unmarked cars,
doing more enforcement work, troopers
working radar out of unmarked cars and
these cars will be concealed in any way
possible, task force operations at certain
times and locations. Captain Gunn stated,
"We think we have some very good
techniques to use against the deliberate and
determined law violators who seek to defeat
our enforcement efforts by using radar
detectors, police scanners and Citizen Band
Radios to avoid detection." Captain Gunn
also said that all of the methods and
techniques which will be used are legal, and
that "we will use any method or technique
that is legal and safe to effect compliance."
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GOLF WINNERS— The Torneo Admistad between Revnosa and Monterrey was
held Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Ringgold Golf Course The host for the event
was the Fort Ringgold Golf Association There were sixty participants in the tourney
The sponsor was the Club Campestre de Revnosa Pictured ! UR i are Enrique
Yturria of Monterrey, Heman Morales of Monterrey, Manuel Espinosa Cisneros of
Monterrey, Cesar Estrada E. of Reynosa, Antonic Magana of Revnosa. Hector Gprza
of Reynosa, Antonio Fuestes Flores of Monterrey (first place winner), John Aguillon
Jr of'Rio Grande City, Manuel Lozano Lopez of Monterrey i second place winner!
Rodolfo Cardenas<f Monterrey third place winneri. Rodolfo Cantu and Manuel
Garcia, of Rio Grande City
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