Galveston Daily News, November 12, 1996

Galveston Daily News

November 12, 1996

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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - November 12, 1996, Galveston, Texas G A L V Tiffin A L V E S T O N T Y HEALTH Military study recommends that the price of cigarettes be raised on base and post exchanges Story on Page A3 PEOPLE Pontiffs autobiography focuses on his childhood in Eastern Europe Storv on Page AS 50t NOVEMBER Vol 154 No 216 SPORTS The La Marque Cougars remoter Class 4A Top 10 poll Story on PageBl shot homicide in Galveston this year ByMARKHOLAN The Daily News GALVESTON An isle man with a lengthy police record was found shot once in the head early Monday near 43rd Street and Avenue N Simon E Soto 30 was discovered in a pool of blood at am by a police offi cer on routine patrol Soto was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later at a University of Texas Medical Branch hospital The shooting is the 12th homicide in Galveston this year A 45caliber shell casing found near Sotps body was among the few leads police had to begin investigating the crime Soto was wellknown to Galveston authorities According to police Soto tallied 59 criminal charges against himself in the last 12 years Most were alcoholrelated misde meanors but other charges included assault and unlawfully carrying a weapon Police had no suspects in the shooting as of late Monday A police report listed Sotos last known address as a rear apartment in the 5000 block of Avenue L Three residents in the immediate neighborhood were not familiar with the victim Attempts to reach Sotos family were unsuccessful Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact police Sgt Ken Mack or Sgt Nick Einecke at 766 2153 GALVESTON Simon E Soto 30 was discovered in a pool of blood by a police officer on routine patrol BL There wasnt much to senior night at Ball Highs last football game this season Only 10 seniors were on the roster for the teams final game COUNTY Commissioner says focus of demands in wrong place GHA Commissioner Irwin M Buddy Herz Jr said attention about the issues should focus on the group that generated 14 demands on public hous ing not U S Department of Housing and Urban Development COUNTY On the auction block A historic Galveston man sion and former orphan age will go on the auction block in December EXTRA The rabbit got to be a habit M1DDLETOWN Conn Ehhhhhh hh whaddya mean a harebrained idea Made ya smile didnt it Steve Broido a theater major at Wesleyan University spent five days last week walking around campus in a big furry blue bunny suit to study the actors dilemma of having to sub merge ones personality in the char acters For his senior project Broido wore the costume to classes and meals taking it off only when he was alone He even dressed up for latenight trips to the bathroom I tried to put myself on the line while being protected by a huge false Broido said I was locked in the suit but people were paying attention to the Jeremy Bernstein one of Broidos roommates said even though he knew what his friend was doing he still got an occasional shock did do a double take at 4 when I saw the big blue bunny slicing my birthday Bernstein said It was fun and hard for him but Ill miss that permanently smiling The Associated Press Simon Soto For absent comrades PeteBroome fwkte the Vet erans of For eign Wars flag during a Veter ans Day cere mony at the Dickinson VFW on Monday morning Photo by Kevin Bartrarri City tables annexation proposition v Veterans honor nati to warriors COUNTY Do most nonveterans really recognize the importance of Veterans Day Judging from what the day has become simply another day off from work the answer is a resounding no Perhaps a reminder is due Veterans Day speaker By CAROL CHRISTIAN The Daily News DICKINSON Three blasts from seven Ml rifles a 21round salute to honor the nations war dead briefly shattered the idyllic calm Mon day morning at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No 6378 As the shots rang out over the posts 10 acres ducks scattered from a small pond near the color guard Mostly World War U veterans the color guard Monday included Nito DAscenzo 79 Texas City who served in the Navy Sal Ramirez 65 Santa Fe who served from 1948 to 1952 with the Armys occupation force in Germany Duane Ruthruff 72 La Marque Army Travis Billups 71 Texas City Army Karl Abrams 66 League City who spent a career in the Air Force Neal Grantham 58 La Marque who Jesse DiraSt salutes the American the By CAROL CHRISTIAN The Daily News LA MARQUE After hearing complaints from 17 people opposed to annexation of 58 parcels north west of the city the City Council on Monday voted 40 to table the idea to study it further Councilman Randy Holcomb was absent Tn my case annexation would divide my property because it extends beyond the canal High lands said Al Lanier 3210 Ave A of Alta Loma James F Richards 10909 4th St of Alta Loma also said his eight acres would be divided if the annexation were approved You all have nothing I need or want except to be left Richards said William Wynn 3420 Ave D in Alta Loma owner of a mobile home park was the only person who spoke in favor of the annexa tion Wynn said he and the 12 fam ilies in the trailer park wanted city water and sewer service When it rains nobodys septic system works as well as it does when its Wynn said When raw sewage is going into the ditch es its time for government to do something about Mayor Pete Rygaard attending his first council meeting since quadruple bypass heart surgery said he voted to table the annexation ordinance so it could be discussed in a workshop In a public hearing council members cannot respond to citi zens questions Citizens expressed concern that water and service would not be provided for years Rygaard said that was the maximum time I envision water and sewer ser vice to be in there within two Rygaard said LA MARQUE Seventeen people attended Monday nights council meeting to voice their opposition to the proposal to annex 58 parcels of land west of the city Wharves board hires firm to review expenses records ftfiWjfrlOTil raised about trins he Trie firm did a preliminary review of the travel and entertainment records Monday afternoon The Daily News GALVESTON The board of trustees for the Galveston Wharves hired a Houston auditing firm Mon day night to review its expenses travel and entertainment records and port policies Amey and Co of Houston was hired at the rate of an hour and any work done by Dennis Arney will cost an hour The firm did a preliminary review of the records Monday after noon Arney said and he estimated that it would take from 150 to 200 hours to do the complete review He and his staff at the request of the board of trustees will be reviewing the records back to the time Ernest Connor was hired as general manager for the Port of Galveston We have no preconceived Arney said Connor has been criticized for his travel expenses since being hired by the port In particular questions were raised about trips he and other port staff took at his approval with their spouses to conferences both inside and outside the country In 1995 Connor and his wife trav eled to Veracruz Mexico to attend the Gulf Ports Association confer ence He was second vice president of the association at the time He made the decision to allow spouses to go and based that deci sion on the previous practices of port officials Connor said That probably was not smart on my he said The trip was for a meeting of the Gulf Ports Association which was inviting and accepting into its mem bership several Mexican ports Many other officials from other ports were taking their spouses Connor said and when he asked about the porf s policy he was told it was his call The actual policies were unclear he said The policy was recently clarified when questions were raised about the number of port officials as well their spouses attending an industry conference in Vancouver Weather Morning clouds with a chance of patchy early mom ing fog otherwise partly cloudy High in the 70s to near 80 Today late night and morning low cloudf ness with a chance of drizzle GALVESTON BAY Southeast wind 10 knots wtth gusts to 15 knots Seas 2 Beach water 68 WMttwr A2 Pick of the Day NBA The Houston Rock ets take on the Los Angeles Lak ers in the Summit in Hous ton Coverage on Fox Southwest and TNT begins tonight at 7 Texas Lottery Winning Pick 3 numbers drawn fast night 239 Winning Lotto Texas num bers drawn Saturday night 81221253439 On the Read The Daily News on the World Wide Web Index Get the latest headlines and scores or chat with your neighbors on the Internet Our Passing ;

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