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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

South Texas Notes

   Gordy files complaint against Loyd Neal
   Political ad and signage watchdog Jack Gordy, who ran for the District 2 City Council seat, filed a criminal complaint against Mayor Loyd Neal Monday for his use of a city fax machine and listing a city phone number on a flier.
   Assistant District Attorney Lance Kutnick told KRIS 6 News he is reviewing the complaint but hasn't determined if any laws were broken.
   Gordy said he has asked the district attorney to pursue two class C misdemeanor charges, which are punishable by a maximum penalty of $500.
   The complaint stems from a fax Neal sent last month urging people to vote for the dredging of Packery Channel. Gordy also said a flier soliciting people's input on community issues violated the law because it was paid by Neal's re-election campaign.
   Neal said he already reimbursed the city for sending the fax and said the flier did not urge anyone to vote for him or support a certain issue.
  
   SPID striping to be completed
   Striping along South Padre Island Drive at the Everhart and Staples intersections is under way and is scheduled for completion Thursday.
   The striping will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. in an effort to reduce conflict with heavy traffic at these intersections.
   The work is part of a project that installed concrete pavers and made other modifications at the Everhart and Staples overpasses along SPID. The project is being done to improve handicapped access at the locations.
  
   T-M registration to begin April 17
   Pre-registration for the Tuloso-Midway Primary School for the 2001-2002 school year begins April 17 for pre-kindergarten and April 18 for kindergarten, first and second grades.
   Immunizations will be given free of charge from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days. For information, call (361) 241-5610.
  
   56 pounds of coke found at checkpoint
   U.S. Border Patrol agents at the Falfurrias checkpoint found 56 pounds of cocaine, worth $1.8 million, hidden in the gas tank of a van Monday morning.
   A drug-sniffing dog alerted to the cocaine, which was wrapped in vacuum-sealed plastic bags. The driver, a male resident of Pharr, was turned over to the Corpus Christi Drug Enforcement Administration, along with the drugs.
  
   Cause of woman's death not known
   Police on Monday still didn't know the cause of death of a 24-year-old Beeville woman whose body was found in her apartment Friday afternoon.
   Beeville police Lt. Rick Smith said Daisy Longoria-Adams' apartment manager found her when he entered her apartment to investigate water leaking to the apartment beneath hers.
   Smith said that although Longoria-Adams' body didn't have obvious signs of foul play, police are treating her death as a homicide. Smith said police are waiting for autopsy results to determine the cause of death.
   Smith said Longoria-Adams' apartment looked as if there had been a struggle, with several things knocked over, but that there were no signs of forcible entry and that nothing was taken from the apartment.
  



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