Burleson Star (Burleson, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 19, Ed. 1 Thursday, December 17, 1992 Page: 1 of 12
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Burleson, Texas * fror The Good Life
Officer shot in scuffle
with shoplifting pair
The sixth grade students at Taylor Elementary (top and bottom) took a
bit of Christmas spirit to the residents of Huguley Nursing Center yes*
KtuAontv Clive Cliftv terda> by singing carols and distributing gifts. In lieu of exchanging gifts
iJiuueru a kjivk kjijia with each other and with the teachers, the sixth graders took gifts to each
resident and delivered tray favors (an art project) to be used on Christ-
mas Day. Santa Claus even made an appearance to help distribute the
BY SALLY ELLERTSON
Burleson Police Chief Roger
Rountree received word late Tues-
day that the bullet that fragmented
the bone in a Burleson police offi-
cer’s arm last Friday night came from
the officer's service revolver, a 9mm
The wound was accidentally self-
inflicted by Gary Moseley, a rookie
police officer, during a scuffle with
shoplifters outside of Wal Mart on
Wilshire Boulevard in Burleson. The
incident took place at 6:20 p.m. on
Dec. 11 when Moseley was working
off duty ps uniformed security at the
Burleson police detectives, as of
press time, were still looking for the
two suspects in the Dec. 11 incident.
Police are searching for a Cau-
casian male andaCaucasian female—
believed to be shoplifters—who re-
fused to go back into Wal Mart after
Moseley followed them to their ve-
hicle and identified himself as a po-
lice officer. The 30-year-old Arling-
ton man was sprayed in the face with
a chemical repellant (such as Mace),
then suffered a gunshot wound to his
left arm. Moseley was released from
Harris Methodist Hospital Sunday.
The male suspect may be physi-
cally disabled (see accompanying box
for a description of both suspects).
According to Rountree, the two sus-
pects could be arrested for and
charged with anything from aggra-
vated assault of a peace officer, ag-
OFFICER GARY MOSELEY
gravated robbery, or attempted capi-
The incident occurred at 6:20
p.m. last Friday. It was Moseley's
first night to work security at the
The report was not complete as
of press time, but according to Capt.
Wade Pearcy, some Wal Mart em-
ployees tipped Moseley off to the
two suspects who had just shoplifted
and were leaving the store.
"Officer Moseley went out the
door in an attempt to apprehend them
and identified himself as a police
officer," Pearcy said. "They did not
stop; they went ahead and got in their
The vehicle is described as a
small red Toyota or Nissan. It may
have a newly shattered rear wind-
shield. , ■*': —
Moseley prevented the driver
from closing the driver's door by po-
sitioning himself between the door
and the driver.
"He told them he was the police
and to get out of the car," Pearcy said.
"The guy was starting the car and
Moseley reached across the guy, in
an attempt to turn the car off and
remove the keys.”
The suspects were not coopera-
tive. As Moseley was trying to get the
keys, he believes the female sprayed
him in the face with a chemical repel-
lant, which blurred his vision.
"At the same time that's going
on, the car is being placed in reverse
and being backed out of the (parking) t
spot, carrying him (Moseley) with
it," Pearcy said. "At some point a
weapon was discharged and Officer
Moseley received a bullet wound to
the upper left arm, the bicep area, and
he was thrown to the ground when
the car came to a stop."
The suspect's vehicle stopped
when it backed into a white Chev-
rolet Monte Carlo. It then reportedly
turned toward W inn Dixie and exited
the shopping center, possibly going
northbound on Hwy. 174. Moseley
radioed the police department and
told them he'd been shot and needed
Please see MOSELEY, Page 4
6th, 9th grades realigned for - '94
If you're an eighth grader this
year—and you pass all your subjects
like a good student—you'll be at-
tending Burleson High School as a
freshman next year.
If you're a fifth grader, you may
end up at the junior high school or
you may remain at an elementary
school. It all depends on which atten-
dance zone you happen to live in.
While it didn't particularly seem
to make any of the parents or teachers
at the meeting happy, that's the deci-
sion made by theBurleson ISD Board
of Trustees at its December meeting
Freshmen will be reluming to
the campus they left several years
ago—only there's about 100 more of
them now than there were when the
ninth grade was moved to the junior
Sixth grade students in the Tay-
lor and Mound attendance zones will
be filling the void at the junior high
school; sixth graders who attend
Frazier, Nola Dunn, and Norwood
will remain at those elementary cam-
At least, pending unforeseen
overcrowding conditions at those
schools, those sixth graders will re-
main where they are. There’s room
for more sixth grade students at the
junior high school should the need
Several people spoke concern-
ing that item on the agenda prior to
the board vote. Among them was Ti-
na Farquhar, who left no doubt as to
her feelings: "Moving some sixth
graders to the junior high is ridicu-
lous," she said. "You can’t separate
kids and send some to the junior high
school and not send others."
She told the board that not a
single parent or teacher on the com-
mittee studying realignment options
wanted the ninth grade back at the
high school or the sixth grade at the
"If you'd give the people of this
town a chance to vote on a bond elec-
tion before you start changing things
up, you might be surprised that they'd
give you what you wanted," she said.
Next year's realignment is a
short-term solution to the district’s
overcrowding problem that fits into a
longer term solution, the school's
curriculum director, Dr. Roy ! n-
dez, told the board. His recommen-
dation was to realign the grades now
and call a bond election that, among
other things, would finance exten-
sive renovation of the high school
and construct a new elementary
That recommendation is based
On the premise that the high school
campus would be good for another
20 years or so with some needed
improvements, he said. If not, the
district would have little choice but
to try to pass a bond election to build
a new high school.
Because of the cost difference in
constructing a high school and con-
structing an elementary school, he
opted for the elementary school,
pending an architect's evaluation of
the high school facilities.
Charles Boardman, a BHS sci-
ence teacher, was one who supported
the new high school concept
"I support an arrangement that
puts grades 9-12 on the same cam-
pus, but only on a campus that can
accomodate all those students. The
BHS campus is not that campus,"he
"The more you spend on that
campus (BHS), the more difficult it
will become to ever make it into
anything else. I urge you to consider
a new high school instead of renovat-
ing the old one," he added.
"Whatever you decide, you'll
make somebody unhappy," he noted.
He proposed that the board leave
it up to the voters to decide the fate of
a new high school by providing them
with options on the bond election.
"Leadership by crisis manage-
ment is expensive," he said "and it's
difficult to break the cycle.
Former school board member
Cretia Basham, now a teacher, pointed
out that the school district subscribed
to the theory of site-based manage-
Please see MOVING, Page 2
may be hand
The male suspect in the Dec. 11 incident in which Burleson
Officer Gary Moseley was shot in the am with his service re
during a scuffle with shoplifters, may be physically
Moseley suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot
the upper part of his left arm about 6:20 p.m. Friday ai *'
Wal Martin Burleson. He suffered the injury as he was
two suspec ts who allegedly shoplifted some items from the
Witnesses said the male suspect was wearing boots in which one
heel had a lift (one heel is built up to compensate for one leg being
shorter than the other) like a physically disabled person would wear.
The suspect also reportedly walked with a Bmp.
The Caucasian male is described as being 6-feet-l-inch tali or
er> weiring about l$5 pounds, with short, dark hair that was re-
ing in the front and balding hi the back. Witnesses guessed that he
ifot hfc mid-30s. He wore Mack frame glasses and has a mustache.
The suspect was wearing a black leather Jacket that may have been
ofthe items taken (a witness said a price tag could be seen hanging
tire jacket) in the alleged shoplifting, lie was also wearing blue
ns and boofeTbe car that witnesses describe as the one the suspect
drivingawayfromthestore was either a red Toyota or Nissan and
edto be equipped with handicapped license
The female suspect, who went In die store \
i got Stt the passenger side of the car when th
5»feet-7-iacbes taB, 130 pounds, with ,
igthbair. She wore a red leather jacket with I
Rocky Mountain Joans, and hoots.
The car was parked in a I
of Wal Mart. When the male suspect 1
the direction of Winn Dixie and may have t
plcts is asked to call Sgt. Cindy Aaron s
aH.-800-794-TIPS (*477) or 295-LEAD (5323).
Mtaear the front
t ear out, he
Getting a ticket may
not always be so bad
BY SALLY ELLERTSON
Most people aren't excited when
they get pulled over by the police and
given a ticket. But this week and
next, they may actually thank the
In the spirit of the season, Burle-
son police officers will be issuing
tickets for safe driving. You have to
appear in court for the ticket, but if
you’re a basketball fan, you'll like
Each vehicle stopped for safe
driving will get either two tickets to a
TCU basketball game or two tickets
for free food at Whataburger, Mc-
Donalds, or Subway. Burleson Po-
lice Chief Roger Rountree said they
don't havq any guidelines set for what
constitutes safe driving, only that the
officer issuing the tickets must ob-
"It could perhaps be exemplary
defensive driving tactics or courtesy
(someone wants to moveovei in your
lane and you slow down and let them
in)," Rountree said.
The officers will be issuing the
tickets this week and next. The first
TCU game is at home, Tuesday, Dec.
22, at 7:35 p.m. against Oklahoma
State. The second game is also at
home, Monday, Jan. 18, at 7:35 p.m.
against Hofstra. The police depart-
ment has approximately 10 tickets
for each game. Two tickets will be
given out to the driver of each ve-
hicle. The same goes for the food
coupons. Two coupons will be given
to each safe driver.
This isn't the first year the police
have rewarded people for safe driv-
"We've done this several times
in the past," Rountree said. "We've
been doing it pretty'consistendy for
about five or six years. About three
years ago we gave out TCU tickets
and once we gave out $5."
So if you think you're a pretty
good driver but you hear sirens and
look up and sec flashing lights in
your rearview mirror, don't fret. You
may actually like these tickets!
The deadline is fast approaching
for "angels" to pick an angel off the
Holiday Friends trees at Bransoms,
K mart, and Wal Mart and return the
The deadline for turn ing the i terns
back to the tree is Friday, Dec. 18.
They will be distributed to needy
children Dec. 22.
The angels are full of toy and
clothes wishes from needy children
as well as food needed for the fam-
ily's Christmas dinner and week. Once
thechfld'sneeds are determined, paper
angels are madeend those papa an-
gels go on the Angel Trees at the
three stores. All you have to do is
pick an angel off the tree, fill that
child's needs, and return the items.
Harvest House volunteers will do the
For those who can't get out to
shop but still want to help, cash dona-
tions are always welcome. As of press
time, 31 organizations and individu-
als had donated over $4,000 and the
money is still coming in. If you have
any questions about the program, call
Mr./Mrs. Leo Becker......$200
Mr ./Mrs. James Beeler........
First United Methodist Church
Fellowship Class........... $150
Charity Lutheran Sunday
Jo Anna Bass ham.........$100
Mr ./Mrs. Gordon Cockertiam..
MrJMrs. Fred Gehrlng.....$100
Mr ./Mrs. Jack Jackson........
Beta Sigma Phi #XP 1968.....
Mrj'Mrs. Roswell Senter.......
Mary Lou Dowd.......„....$50
First United Methodist Church
Newcomers Club.. ........$50
MrTMrs. O.G. Richardson.....
First United Methodist Church
MrJMrs. Heinz Wlchterlch.....
KCLE Food Drive.........$17.40
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