The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 87, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 23, 1995 Page: 2 of 12
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PAGE 2, Seminole (Texas) Sentinel. Wednesday. August 23,
Matters of Record
8/20—A complainant just west
of Higginbotham reported a theft
from a vehicle to sheriff’s
Reported taken was an impact
wrench, valued at $300 and oil,
valued at $70.
8/16-A complainant in the
2300 block of Northwest Avenue
C told police a person or persons
unknown had broken the front
window of her apartment.
8/18—A complainant told
animal control officers that their
grandson was playing at a
residence near Seminole after
they had gone to the residence to
feed a dog at the location.
As the boy was playing on a
swing set, the dog bit the
youngster on the top of the head.
The boy was taken to the
emergency room at Seminole
Memorial Hospital, where he was
treated for minor injuries.
It was discovered the dog was
current with rabies shots and the
animal was taken to the animal
shelter for observation.
8/19—A complainant called
police concerning a death in
The victim was found at a
residence and the death was
believed caused by a gunshot
Justice of the Peace Fred
Connally was called to the scene
and pronounced the victim dead
at 11:05 a.m. The JP did not
make an official ruling in the
death, although investigators
said it appeared the wound was
8/19-Seminole police arrested
two persons on alcohol-related
While on routine patrol, police
observed a vehicle driving west
in the eastbound lane of traffic in
the 500 block of Northwest
The driver was stopped in the
600 block of Northwest 8th Street
and was given a field sobriety
test, which he failed. The'driver,
identified as Oscar Gonzales, 32,
of 614 SW 5th Street, was
arrested for driving while
In addition, a passenger in the
vehicle, identified as Floyd
Espinoza, 30, of 507 SE 4th
Street, was arrested for public
8/20-A complainant at the
Allsup’s store on the Hobbs
Highway told police a person or
persons unknown took a
newspaper stand that was located
outside the store.
8/20-A complainant in the
700 block of South Main told
police an unknown male made
physical contact with her at her
place of business and that she felt
8/21-A complainant in the
500 block of Southwest 11th
Street reported an assault to
8/18 — Seminole Police
investigated a two-vehicle
accident at the intersection of
Southwest 2nd Street and
Southwest Avenue J.
Investigators said a 1985
Pontiac Firebird, driven by Misti
Courtney, 22, of 312 SW Ave. J,
was headed east on Avenue J and
failed to stop at a stop sign,
striking a 1984 Chrysler, driven
by Katharina Beasley, 45, of 302
SW Ave. N, which was headed
north on 2nd Street
Moderate damage was done to
the Chrysler, while moderate to
heavy damage was sustained by
the Pontiac. Courtney was cited
by officers for running a stop
sign, no liability insurance and an
unrestrained child under four
years of age.
8/19—Police investigated a
two-vehicle accident on
Southeast 5th Street at 5 p.m.
Investigators said both a 1989
Ford pickup, driven by Fred
Elias, 20, of 304 NW 4th Street,
and a 1993 Chevrolet Blazer,
driven by Laura Sumrow, 43,
Box 1413, were headed south on
5th Street, when the Sumrow
vehicle stopped for traffic and to
make a left turn. The Elias
vehicle struck the Blazer from
behind and then left the scene.
No damage was done to the
pickup and minor damage was
done to the Blazer. Elias was
cited for leaving the scene of an
accident and failure to report an
Firemen were called to a car fire
at 6 p.m. at the intersection of
Southwest Avenue H and the
Frankel City Highway.
No injuries were reported, but
the car sustained heavy fire
(Note: A synopsis of all legal
notices appearing in this issue for
the first time will be included in
—A notice of public sale from
First National Bank of Denver
v 8/18-At 1:45 p.m., Seminole
EMS was called to the scene of a
motor vehicle accident (MVA) at
the intersection of SW 2nd and
Avenue J, with no transport
8/19-At 11:00 p.m., Seminole
EMS responded to a medical call
at the Gaines County Jail with no
8/20-At 12:20 a.m., EMS was
called to the 500 block of SW
11th Street on an injury call with
no transport made.
At 11:27 a.m., EMS
transported injured patient from
County Road 208 to Seminole
Memorial Hospital (SMH).
At 6:19 p.m., EMS transported
medical patient from the 700
block of SW 3rd Street to SMH.
At 7:50 pjn., EMS transferred
medical patient from SMH to
University Medical Center
(UMC) in Lubbock.
8/21—At 9:52 p.m., EMS
transported medical patient from
the 700 block of SW 3rd to SMH.
The American Heart
Association is urging Gaines
County residents to honor the
memory of family, friends and
others through its life-giving
More information on the
program can be obtained by
contaoting the 'AHA* Memorial
Williams, at Seminole
National Bank, 758-5845.
Lone Star Card dramatically
reducing fraud, abuse in state
Now that the new Lone Star
card has been expanded across
more than half of the state, this in
an appropriate time to take a look
at its success thus far. This
Innovative electronic benefits
transfer program has placed
Texas on the leading edge of
welfare reform and is setting the
pace for converting to a similar
system nationwide before the turn
of the century.
Here in Texas, the Lone Star
card currently delivers two
benefit programs: food stamps
and Aid to Families with
Dependent Children (AFDC),
each required by the federal
government before giving us
permission to experiment with
this novel new system. A
recipient’s food stamp benefits
are deposited directly into an
electronic account, and the card
is used to buy groceries-and only
groceries-at the check-out stand.
Food stamp recipients receive
no cash. Only those clients who
qualify for AFDC benefits may
use the card to withdraw cash
from their accounts.
It should be noted that the
average amount of monthly
AFDC benefits is $188 for a
family of four. About one-quarter
of the households in Texas
eligible for food stamp benefits
also qualify for AFDC.
We knew that the Lone Star
card would dramatically reduce
the fraud and abuse associated
with the old paper food stamp
coupons, and we haven’t been
disappointed. After the card went
on-line in Houston, for example,
authorities quickly busted a $1
million illegal food stamp ring.
Law officers told us that the ring
had been in operation for at least
a year but that they had been
unable to gather enough evidence
against them until the new card
provided an electronic trail.
But the electronic card has
unexpectedly increased food
sales, too. In Houston, sales rose
by more than $4.5 million from
one month to the next because
food stamp recipients can use the
card to buy food-and food alone.
If a card is stolen without the
card holder’s personal
identification code, it’s useless.
Even with the code, the card is
only good for groceries-not the
most enticing prospect for food
The Lone Star card is also
saving taxpayers a bundle in
printing, mailing, security and
Case IH & John Deere Batts
& Brushes for your stripper
that are second to none.
Through the months of
harvest only, a set of two ply
batts & brushes to fit: 484,
740, 7440, early 7445’s and
the new 7450, 1400 & 1800
at a cost of $169.00.
Scott Tractor & Equipment Co., Inc.
During the months of harvest we will have our annual Harvest Parts
Program. This program allows our Preferred Case IH & John Deere customers
to purchase repair parts. This is an excellent opportunity to put your harvest
machinery in top running condition.
Crime Line Rewards
Crime Line is currently offering a reward for information leading
to arrests and recovery of merchandise in connection with a series of
bam burglaries in Gaines County.
Crime Line is currently offering a reward in connection with a fire
at two cotton modules eight miles south of Ten-Hi Gin on County
Road 121 on Nov. 6.
Arson was believed the cause of the fire, which destroyed the two
modules, valued at $3,000 each.
In addition to the Crime Line Reward, the owners of the two
modules have offered a $2,000 reward.
An extra reward, in addition to a Crime Line stipend, is currently
being offered by Marine Automated Systems in connection with the
theft of a positioning system 10 miles west of Seminole on Feb. 17.
The system is valued at $25,000. The extra reward is being offered
for the return of the unit—no questions asked.
Crime Line is currently offering a reward in connection with a
robbery in the parking lot of Wal-Mart the night of Dec. 16.
The victim said a man approached her beside her vehicle, which
was parked on the east side of Wal-Mart. She said he then grabbed
her purse, which she had on her arm. As he grabbed the purse, the
victim was knocked down. The suspect then ran from the scene,
heading east from the parking lot. The woman’s purse, billfold and
an undetermined amount of currency were taken.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5 ft. 5 in. to 5 ft. 7 in.
tall, 160 pounds, with collar-length black hair. He was wearing dark-
Crime Line is currently offering a reward in connection with the
theft of a radio from a tractor at a location two miles south of
Seagraves on County Road 109 during the evening of Feb. 3 or the
early morning hours of Feb. 4. Sheriff’s investigator said the radio is
a factory John Deere AM-FM, gray in color.
In addition to the regular Crime Line reward, the owner of the
radio is offering a $300 reward for the arrest and conviction of the
person or persons responsible.
Crime Line will pay up to a $1,000 reward for information leading
to the arrest and/or indictment of the person or persons responsible
for committing an offense.
Good information needs to be offered, but the persons offering the
information do not have to identify themselves.
CRIME LINE....1-800-553-0901 or 758-4025
PERMIAN BASIN DRUG TASK FORCE NUMBER...1-800-
Anyone with information concerning these or any other crimes
should contact the CRIME LINE. All calls will be kept
confidential and callers will remain anonymous.
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tabulation costs. Besides the
untold dollars that were once lost
as a second currency in the
criminal underground, no longer
will taxpayers have to send
Washington $4.7 million a year
to print the paper coupons,
$460,000 a year to ship them
under armed guard and another
$2.4 million to process and
destroy them after they’ve been
In addition, clients who once
had to worry about losing or
having their paper food stamp
coupons stolen are now able to
budget their accounts more
effectively throughout the month.
It’s a simple, safe and smart way
to do business.
The card has been used
throughout the Houston area
since February 1. It was
implemented in the Dallas-Fort
Worth Metroplex and much of
North Texas on June 1. Effective
August 1, its use spread fto San
Antonio, El Paso, Lubbock,
Amarillo, Beaumont, Port Arthur,
Nacogdoches and Lufkin. Later
this year, the Lone Star card will
spread to Abilene, Austin,
Midland-Odessa, San Angelo,
Tyler, Texarkana, Waco and
Wichita Falls. And by 1996,
every region of the state will be
on-line, virtually eliminating
paper food stamp coupons
The program is jointly
administered in a public-private
partnership between the Texas
Department of Human Services
and Transactive Corporation, the
Austin-based operator of the
system. There are already more
than 10,000 Texas retailers
participating in this electronic
benefits transfer system, a
number that will climb to 16,000
by the end of the year. Social
insurance, disability payments
and other public cash benefit
programs are future candidates
for the card, saving taxpayers
more money still. And state law
makers are studying the
possibility of adding photographs
to the cards to curtail potential
fraud even further while
providing more security to
recipients whose cards are stolen.
Since first proposing this
electronic benefits transfer
system in my 1991 Breaking the
Mold report, I have been pleased
by the bi-partisan support it has
earned. It hasn’t been easy to
secure the necessary federal
waivers and to lay the ground
work for the Lone Star card, but
the program’s overwhelming
success to this point proves that
the effort has paid off.
The Lone Star card is now the
largest electronic benefits transfer
system on earth, distributing food
stamp and AFDC assistance to
700,000 households in Texas, or
slightly more than half the
number of households who will
be served by early next year
when the card has expanded
statewide. Yet, it has already
begun to return those federal
programs to their original
Free mulch is available for
gardens or lawns at the
Seminole Landfill. There is
no cost involved and you may
pick up whatever is needed.
Case IH 211587C91.....^m 95,.....$9.00
JD9313................fits 484 and late 7445, 7450........$9.00
Case IH217935C91...../im 95,1400&/«»....$19.50
AN123045.........../IW 7440a 7445...........$19.50
Scott Tractor 4 Equipment Co,, Inc,
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Store Hours During Harvest Months Are 7 a.m.-8 p.m., M-F; Sat., 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
In Board Room at
1801 Avenue K
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Dow, M. Gene. The Seminole Sentinel (Seminole, Tex.), Vol. 88, No. 87, Ed. 1 Wednesday, August 23, 1995, newspaper, August 23, 1995; Seminole, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth864411/m1/2/: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Gaines County Library.