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Wednesday, August 11, 1999

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Anson business leaders support highway renovation

ANSON — Numerous business owners have voiced their support for proposed changes to U.S. Highway 277 in downtown Anson, which include moving the southbound land of the highway to the east side of the Jones County Courthouse and joining the north and south bound lanes.

Proponents of the plan say the change would provide safer access to the courthouse and improve downtown Anson by providing additional parking.

In the past few years, Anson business owners have opposed the proposals by the Texas Department of Transportation to provide a bypass around Anson. Anson leaders agree that improving the downtown route of the highway and renovating the square may not prevent the bypass from being built.

The city council will consider three options: approve renovating the square and altering the highway; approve just the renovation of the square, or do nothing, city manager Tex Middlebrook said.

Boy dies in Big Spring accident

BIG SPRING — A 14-year-old boy was killed late Monday afternoon when the van in which he was riding overturned several times following a blowout.

Joe Pando-Munoz, believed to be from Fort Worth, died at the scene on Interstate 20 just west of Coahoma.

Claudia Carnero, 15, is in critical condition at a Lubbock hospital. Five others were passengers in the van. Esparanza Aranda, Josephina Munoz-Gonzales and Jesus Aranda are in stable condition at Scenic Mountain Medical Center in Big Spring. Two passengers were treated and released.

The group was traveling from Mexico to Fort Worth.

Charges filed after chase

BAIRD — Valdez Wilburn, 24, of Fort Worth was charged Tuesday with evading arrest, possession of marijuana and felony possession of marijuana.

Wilburn was arrested Monday following a chase on Interstate 20 in eastern Callahan County. Wilburn’s vehicle exceeded speeds of 125 miles per hour, said DPS Trooper Mike Thompson.

Wilburn has been released on $4,500 bond. Wilburn’s female companion, who was not charged, was also released.

Law enforcement authorities said they found $10,122 in cash in Wilburn’s wrecked Camaro, Thompson said.

Accident kills Cisco boy

CISCO — A 12-year-old Cisco boy was killed Tuesday after an accident at Cisco Pump and Supply.

Ben Bacon, who was pronounced dead at 9 a.m., had gone to the business with his father and brother. While the dad talked to business people, the youngster apparently began wandering in the yard, according to police.

As the man and other son started to leave, they couldn’t find the boy.

Authorities believe the youngster may have started to crawl inside a 500-foot roll of poly pipe that was sitting on its edge for loading. The boy died after the pipe shifted, striking him in the head, reports said.

Gorman City Council names new police chief

GORMAN — The city council named Doug Caffee interim police chief. Caffee, previously a sergeant, has been with the department 20 years.

Caffee replaces Abel Saldana, who will serve as a patrolman. Caffee said that Saldana requested the change.

Three full-time officers and five reserve officers staff the Gorman Police Department.

Stephenville superintendent resigns

STEPHENVILLE — Larry Butler has resigned as schools superintendent effective Dec. 31. His resignation was accepted by school trustees Monday night.

Butler said he plans to retire. He has 30 years of experience as an educator, the past five as Stephenville superintendent.

Butler was instrumental in the success of a bond issue for a new high school and renovations to other schools, Chilton said.

Stamford man missing

STAMFORD — Police are seeking an 18-year-old man last seen three days ago.

Adam Bustamante had been visiting friends in Lovington, N.M. when he left that city about 11 a.m. Sunday. He was due to arrive in Anson at noon Monday to return a pickup he had borrowed, according to authorities.

Bustamante is 5 feet 8 inches tall, has brown hair and brown eyes. He was driving a 1995 red two-door Mitsubishi. The license plate is 034-JYT.

He has been registered as a missing person with the Department of Public Safety.

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