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  •  The National Press Photographers Association named KPRC-TV the Newsfilm Station of the Year in 1964 
  •  Anchor Larry Rasco introduces a segment about a triple bank robbery. On April 24, a mysterious man known only as “Mr. Hudson” hired four unsuspecting messengers to deliver envelopes to four Houston banks to pick up payrolls. The sealed notes actually threatened to harm the child of the bank teller in each case should they not hand over $10,000. One of the four messengers was unable to deliver the envelope, as the teller was absent. Of the three other deliveries, only one messenger successfully left the bank with money. Belfast State Bank lost $12,000. Following a tip, police arrested 27-year-old John Burke, alias Jaque Barron, early the next day. Officers found nearly $500 in cash on him and another $10,190 in a brown paper sack in his apartment. Burke, a former Las Vegas gossip columnist, confessed to masterminding the scheme. Police quoted him as saying that his first post-robbery purchase was a three-pound jar of caviar.  
  •  Commercial for Jax beer 
  •  Reporter Tom Jarrell reports on the bank robbery scheme 
  •  Wynelle Branch, teller at Belfort State Bank 
  •  Detective J. E. Hodges of the Houston Police Department reads the threatening note 
  •  Branch’s daughter, Sandy Lynn 
  •  Police arrest the messenger, Joel Tindal 
  •  Another messenger, Charles King, speaks with reporters following his arrest. Ernestine Michaud, teller at Spring Branch Bank, gave money to King but alerted another teller, leading to King’s apprehension before leaving the bank. 
  •  Dale Sausley turns himself into police after deducing his role in the extortion scheme 
  •  Police sketch of “Mr. Hudson” 
  •  Rasco reports on the death of carpenter Frank Halliburton at the Astrodome building site. Halliburton fell to his death while working on the roof of the domed stadium. He was the second of three people to die during the Astrodome’s construction. The stadium officially opened on April 9, 1965.  
  •  Judge Arnold Krichamer rejects a bail reduction motion submitted by defendant Samuel Spivey. Spivey was one of four people charged in connection with the March 11 armed robbery of the River Oaks home of Mr. and Mrs. Mair Schepps. he couple and their child’s governess were beaten and tortured during the robbery. Sam Hoover, a defense attorney and former mayor of Pasadena, was accused of planning and directing the crime over the telephone. John Oscar Young, Spivey, and Calvin Sellers were his alleged accomplices. Young’s signed confession was used as evidence against Hoover, while Spivey turned state’s evidence in exchange for immunity. The jury found Hoover guilty of multiple counts and sentenced him to 60 years. He was released in 1981, after serving 14 years for the robbery and two years for income tax fraud. 
  •  Update from the trial of 70-year-old grandmother Ruby Edna Oliver. Oliver was charged with the June 10 murder of Eugene Thompson, her daughter’s lover. The jury found Oliver guilty, but only gave her a five-year suspended prison sentence.  
  •  Houston Police Chief Hobson “Buddy” McGill meets with the grand jury 
  •  The Texas Tourist Development Agency invites travel writers and editors to the Houston area 
  •  Barry Goldwater Jr., son of presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, makes a stop in Houston on his way to Los Angeles 
  •  Commercial for Jax beer 
  •  Jarrell reports on the opening of a 2.9-mile stretch of the 610 North Loop 
 
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In this newscast for Houston’s KPRC-TV—originally aired on April 24, 1964—host Larry Rasco reviews a series of local news stories. Among the featured reports are an elaborate bank robbery scheme, the murder trial of a Texas grandmother, and the opening of a stretch of the 610 North Loop highway. In between segments, Rasco breaks for a word from the broadcast sponsor: Jax beer. KPRC submitted the broadcast to the National Press Photographers Association for their consideration of Best Newscast in the Population Category. The station has previously won the organization’s Newsfilm Station of the Year distinction.
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