From the archives of The Daily News for March 12:


  • In 1914, the Galveston chief of police was “redoubling” efforts to put an end to cocaine trafficking on the island. Seven officers were specifically assigned to stop the spread of the drug, and all officers were instructed to place under arrest anybody suspected of having cocaine or involved in its sale.
  • In 1964, safeguards were being taken by Galveston health officers and school officials after a 15-year-old girl died of meningococcemia, a bacterial infection of the bloodstream. The girl left school during the afternoon with a fever, became unconscious early the next morning and was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary’s infirmary. 
  • In 1989, the Galveston County Jail was operating at 150 percent capacity, with 492 inmates crammed into a space designed to handle 330 prisoners. Because of the overflow, many inmates had to sleep on the floor.

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