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10/03/02

Tony Thomas Cancels Press Conference

City councilman Tony Thomas planned on holding a news conference today to discuss some problems he's had concerning bad checks. At the last minute, Thomas decided not to talk, but some people want Thomas to break his silence.

John Murphy has lived in the Windsor Forest neighborhood close to 30 years, and for the first time in a long time, he likes what he sees at the neighborhood pool.

"You'd see discarded dishwashers, mattresses, anything people wanted to get rid of they dumped it here," Murphy told us. But now the dumping zone is a neighborhood's summer dream come true, and Murphy says there's one person to thank for it: Tony Thomas.

This pool had been an eyesore to the community for years and neighbors say it was Thomas who first took the initiative to clean it up. The problem is, he used a lot of his own money to do it. Money that according to Alex Smith, manager at Pride Pools, was more like credit, $10,000 worth of it they gave to Thomas.

"It was all on credit, and after a few months went by we received no payments," said Smith. "The account got high, so we had to put a stop to it."

Smith says they had no choice but to take Thomas to court, and they won. But Thomas is yet to pay up. He still owes Pride Pools close to $7,000.

Reported by: Elizabeth Trevino

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