The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 34, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 30, 1985 Page: 1 of 8
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Wednesday, October 30, 1985 North Texas State University, Denton, Texas _69th Year No. 34
By AMBER SMITH
Staff Writer _
NT police are following up on the “few slim leads” they
have in the weekend burglary of the University Store.
Burglars stole $5,000 worth of merchandise, leaving police
questioning how thieves could have stolen from the bookstore
after it closed at 5 p.m. Saturday without tripping a University
Union building alarm.
“It would be difficult to get in and out without triggering
an alarm,” said NT Police Lt. Eric Jackson. “We’re not quite
sure why we didn’t get some kind of alarm.”
Jackson said the people who burglarized the store apparently
were familiar with the layout of the building.
Because the Union is open to the public, police cannot jump
to the conclusion that the burglars were NT students, faculty
or staff members, he said.
Burglars stole computer equipment, class rings, jewelry,
T-shirts, socks, translation dictionaries, watches and a camera
sometime between 5 p.m. Saturday and early Monday morning,
John Nunnally, manager of the store, was sick Tuesday and
unavailable for comment. Jackson said loss estimates were
not available because bookstore employees had not completed
an inventory and some of the stolen items did not belong to
Police spent Tuesday trying to determine a more precise
time of burglary by talking to people who may have seen
something suspicious. Jackson said investigators are questioning
police officers who patrolcd during the weekend, Union workers,
and others who may have been near the Union after the store
closed Saturday. So far. they have found nothing.
Investigators believe the burglars may have stayed in the
store when it closed. Containers police believe the burglars
may have handled have been sent to the Department of Public
Safety forensic laboratory for fingerprint analysis.
Photo by MELISSA MAHAN
PUMPKIN PATCH KID—Adam Ferguson Shirley. Over 10,000 pounds of pumpkins
plays amidst the pumpkins at the Argyle are brought to the stand from West Texas
Fruit Stand, which is owned by his mother, each year at the beginning of October.
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Two survivors
of the crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191
described Tuesday a “rigid thump" and
an “explosion that went on and on" when
the plane skidded into a field and burst
into flames, killing 137 people.
Paul Coke of Sun City West, Ariz.,
testified he saw a wall of fire after "that
rigid thump. ”
Coke, 63, was one of an estimated 32
witnesses the National Transportation
Safety Board plans to call in four days of
hearings near the Dallas-Fort Worth Inter-
national Airport, where the L-1011 crashed
Aug. 2. Twenty-nine people survived.
In other testimony Tuesday, a federal
official said the weather radar used to
monitor conditions at D/FW Airport was
unmanned when Flight 191 crashed in a
heavy thunderstorm. Coke, who was sitting
in seat 29-C, said the thump he heard
when the plane hit was followed a second
later by flames that engulfed the left wing,
then the fuselage
In a quaking voice, he described how
“a solid sheet of flame came down the
aisle. I threw myself to the right, behind
some seats. The flame got there and the
last thing I consciously remember is heat."
Delta flight attendant Vicki Chavis
described an initial bump as the jumbo
jet was about to land that felt more like
it was hitting soil than pavement. Then
came a second jolt, she said.
“It felt like we had landed on our
belly," Chavis said Seconds later, an
explosion came "that went on and on and
on,” she said.
Jack Hicks, assistant manager of traffic
management for the Federal Aviation
Administration, said nobody was watching
the radar at the FAA's Fort Worth Center
from 5:25 p.m. until 6:10 p.m. Aug. 2
because the meterologist was at dinner
The National Weather Service meterolo-
gist, Richard Douglass, said there was no
thunderstorm when he left. He returned
45 minutes later, about three minutes after
Flight 191 had crashed. Douglass said he
thought a weather cixirdinator would moni-
tor the radar in his absence.
A weather radar specialist also testified
Tuesday he saw no indications of severe
weather as Flight 191 made its final ap-
Reuben Encinas said there were some
thunderstorms in the area the evening of
the crash, but that none appeared severe.
Encinas, monitoring equipment at the
National Weather Service's Stephenville
office, said he took a dinner break at 5:35
p.m Aug. 2, a half hour before Flight
191 crashed. The storm activity was sub-
siding when he left, he said.
When Encinas returned to the radar
scope at 6 p.m., about six minutes before
the crash, he advised the weather service's
forecast office in Fort Worth of a thunder-
storm over the airport, he testified. But
Encinas said he had no responsibility to
send his observations to the airport and
that he has never done so in his four years
of service at Stephenville.
At 6:10 p.m., four minutes after the
crash, the weather service office in Fort
Worth issued a special statement warning
of the storm
President kicks off fund drive
By TONY ORTEGA
Staff Writer _
NT President A1 Hurley will meet
with fund-raising volunteers at 5 p.m.
today at the Advancement Center to kick
off the university’s 1985 Denton County
“The Denton County Campaign is
part of our overall fund drive for NTSU,”
said Barbara Jester, associate director
of major gifts. This year's campaign
goal is $95,000.
“Volunteers from NT and the com-
munity are assigned four or five in-
dividuals or businesses to call on,"
Jester said. The volunteers will make
personal calls on potential donors seeking
monetary contributions for the university,
she said. This year’s campaign will be
staffed by 37 volunteers.
Hurley will speak briefly at the meet-
ing, which kicks off the three-week
campaign. Volunteers will watch a 15-
minute slide presentation prepared by
the NT Center for Instructional Services.
Volunteers will receive a notebook
prepared by Jester and the Advancement
Center staff that includes brochures on
the third annual fund drive and the
various gift clubs a donor may contribute
to. Gift clubs are determined by the
amount of the contribution. The Century
Club is reserved for gifts of $100. The
President’s Associate Club requires a
contribution of $500 and the President's
Council, a donation of $1,000. Lifetime
membership to the President’s Council
requires a contribution of $25,000 or
Volunteers will also receive informa-
tion packets to be left with each person
they call on. Jester said. The packets
will contain information about the uni-
versity and pledge cards. Donors will
be able to specify any area of the
university they would like their gifts to
go toward, she said.
Hurley hosts coffee
NT President Al Hurley will host a student coffee
at 7:30 p.m. today in the University Union Golden
The coffee is an informal question-and-answer
session designed to give students the chance to
express their concerns to Hurley.
Hurley began hosting coffees each semester when
he became president in 1982.
Hurley’s next student coffee is scheduled for 2
p.m. Nov. 14.
Commissioners Court provides arena
Judge takes charge in county's ringmaster role
By BEN SWALLOW
Denton County Judge Buddy Cole’s job is
like being the ringmaster of a multimillion-dollar
The increasing workload that Cole and the
county commissioners must cope with while
dealing with disputes among elected officials
and civilian review boards is one of Cole’s
"It’s like a circus up here sometimes,” Cole
said, leaning back in his chair. His desk was
heaped with the paper byproducts of the county's
Being county judge requires presiding over
Commissioners Court meetings, probating wills,
committing people to mental hospitals, making
it It’s like a circus up here
speeches, putting in public appearances and
serving on committees.
Cole keeps a hectic schedule in carrying out
the varying functions of his office.
Cole’s weekly schedule begins with the
Commissioners Court meeting Monday morn-
ings. The meetings start at 9 a m. and lately
have been lasting until 7 p.m.
“We’ve been meeting like this for months
now,” Cole said. “What I'm worried about is
the way we go and the issues we’re into when
we go past 3:30 — we start to lose it."
Cole said that someday, meetings will be
held twice a week.
Lately, the Commissioners Court has dealt
with the renovation of the Courthouse-on-the-
Square and a dispute over the firing of a deputy
by Sheriff Randy Kaisner.
During the dispute over the firing of the
sheriff’s deputy, commissioners watched as the
Denton County Civil Service Commission ordered
Kaisner to reinstate the deputy. Kaisner defied
the board by keeping the deputy’s paycheck,
so the deputy got his job back but not his
Cole said the Commissioners Court cannot
force Kaisner to rehire or pay the deputy. The
sheriff is an elected official and the commis-
sioners’ only power over the sheriff is through
Among the different operations the Commis-
sioners Court runs are three district courts, two
county courts-at-law (with another to begin
hearing cases Jan. 1), county court, five peace
justices and various county agencies and depart-
“The bigger the county gets, the more couns-
at-law the county creates,” Cole said. "What
has happened is the constitutional court gives
its constitutional function over to the county
courts-at-law,” he said.
On Tuesdays, Cole presides in court. He
probates wills and estates, sets up guardianships
and commits people to mental health facilities.
Cole committed 200 mental patients last year.
He said he is doing more than ever. An in-
creasing number involve high school students.
Cole spends the rest of the week tying up
the loose ends of county business, attending
meetings around the state and troubleshooting.
A lifelong resident of Denton County, Cole
is a graduate of NT's College of Business
Administration. He said he stays in touch with
the university and sits on the NT State Affairs
Cole said he works regularly with President
Al Hurley on the leadership conference that is
trying to expand NT s image.
Experience as an outdoorsman and bass
fisherman put Cole in the classroom a few years
ago. He taught a minicourse an bass fishing at
NT The final in the class was given at a private
lake where students had an opportunity to catch
bass to pass.
County official states
need for crisis unit
By BEN SWALLOW
Denton County needs its own psychiatric crisis unit,
County Judge Buddy Cole said.
Cole said he commits 200 people a year to the Wichita
Falls State Hospital, but he would prefer they be treated
in Denton County.
Many of the commitments Cole has done involve high
school students with drug and alcohol problems.
During a mental commitment. Cole appoints an attorney,
orders psychiatric evaluation and sets a hearing for within
72 hours after the detention of a mental patient by law
An emergency commitment is granted for 24 hours.
During this period, if hospitalization is needed an order
of protective custody can be issued for up to two weeks.
A patient would be sent to Flow Hospital or the state
hospital in Wichita Falls. Cole can have the patient held
at either place for up to 90 days. After 90 days, it is up
to the hospital to decide how long to keep a patient.
Because a mental patient may not be put in jail, and
facilities at Flow are limited, Cole said the only alternative
is sometimes the 215-mile trip to Wichita Falls.
This ties up the sheriff’s deputies and puts the depart-
ment out of gas money because deputies deliver patients
to Wichita Falls.
“We want a unit so the police can go straight to it
and drop off the patient,” Cole said. “If we could keep
that patient for 14 days we could treat them here and
save the county a lot of money.
“The point is we’re in business here for the patients,”
he said "We ought to help the patients, not get rid of
Outpatient therapist Linda Murphy supports the idea
of a Denton County crisis unit. Murphy does the emer-
gency psychiatric commitments and is the person police
call first to find a place to take a patient.
The Denton County Mental Health Centers Inc. employs
Murphy and three licensed clinical psychologists, a
psychiatrist, counselors and social workers.
Murphy said a crisis unit is on the drawing board.
Murphy and Cole would both like to have alcohol
detoxification and psychiatric crisis beds and hospital
facilities for violent patients. The facility would be much
like a hospital and not a halfway house or family shelter.
Ideally, a courtroom for hearings would be included.
Crisis care would not necessarily be involuntary,
Murphy said. The unit could also be available for people
who can no longer cope.
Photo by MELISSA MAHAN
County Judge Buddy Cole
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The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 69, No. 34, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 30, 1985, newspaper, October 30, 1985; Denton, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth723605/m1/1/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.