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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Center 6 75235 BOX ifejcao 75235 Sledge pleads guilty to theft charge By WANDA LASATER Staff writer Former New Braunfels Utilities manager Richard Sledge pleaded guilty yesterday to a felony theft charge in connection with in missing Utilities The move was a surprise since nothing in connection with the in dictment against Sledge had been scheduled for 22nd District Judge Terry Jacks said District Clerk Hazel The funds were reportedly stolen July according to the theft Sledge and his Fred after filing the guilty made a motion for probation which will probably be decided when Jacks sets punishment on The other indictment against Sledge for aggravated perjury for testimony before a March grand jury is still Two official misconduct handed down by the March and April grand were dropped in late The charges were dropped on the basis that the incidents happened more than three years before the in dictments were returned in March and April against Sledge and fellow former Utilities employee Howard Batey who also faced official misconduct Sledge has also been ordered to repay the plus 9 percent annual interest from the date of theft by District Judge Robert The order stems from a civil suit filed against him and against Canyon Lake Bank where the missing funds were deposited by Sledges former em Because Sledge failed to file an an swer to the Pfeuffer entered an interlocutory interim judgment or dering the restitution okus interest and court The portion of the suit dealing with the bank is still and a final judgment against Sledge will be entered when the portion dealing with the bank is court adminstrator Martin Allen said Filed in the suit names the bank the attorneys officials knew Sledge to be a trustee of public funds and permitted him to convert those funds to his own use use the funds as collateral for a personal loan and pay personal indebtness to the The suit also said that the bank shared in the proceeds of the conversion of public funds and has not returned the or the earned interest to the Sledge and Batey resigned from the Utilities last 14 after a lengthy executive session by the board of It was indicated then that certain business activities of Sledges were in conflict of interest with the position as manager which he held for six No reason was given for Bateys RICHARD SLEDGE guilty Friday 1 Taylor Communications 25 cents October HcraldZeitung 88 20 pages sections USPS 377880 New Texas Double digit inflation back WASHINGTON AP Inflation jumped back into double digits in September as consumer led by rising food jumped a full one the government said today in its last inflation report before Election Last months rise translates into a percent compound annual inflation compared with the percent rise in From January through consumer prices have risen The inflation issue has become a central theme of the presidential with Republican nominee Ronald Reagan sharply attacking President Carters handling of the At one he accused the administration of manipulating economic statistics for political a charge officials strongly Septembers consumer price figures proved worse than Augusts percent increase and the zero movement registered in Inflation was at an even one percent in The report showed retail food prices once again rising while housing costs began to accelerate following this summers Gasoline fell for the fifth consecutive Reagan said Thursday there is more inflation ahead and blamed it all on Carters he called then added at a shopping center rally in that its possible they will Jimmy the figures again to make it look like weve turned the corner and things are getting Reagan recalled the controversy over the governments Producer Price which was revised when last issued and showed a decline in inflation Reagan said those figures were The last government report on wholesale prices before the issued showed the first decline in four and a half But the percent drop came only because for the first time discounts on vehicles were Without the index would have increased but government officials denied the change was timed to coincide with the saying it had been planned a year in Speaking of the consumer price Reagan If they do it we will find Carter has given us an economic record of misery and despair unparalleled in recent and it isnt turning the Carter campaign officials and White House aides are understandably nervous about the reaction of the voters to the last batch of in flation figures before the The Gallup in a survey in mid reported that when asked who can best control 29 percent of eligible voters chose 44 percent chose and 13 percent picked independent John An See Page 14A Iraqi vi Lebanon AP Iraq said its tanks and troops captured the vital Iranian port of Khorramshahr and overran every yard of the city today in their greatest victory of the 33day old Persian Gulf The Iranian flag was lowered from over the government house in Mohammara Arabic name of Khorramshahr and the Iraqi flag was hoisted over the building to declare the return of the city to Arab rule said an Iraqi military communique broadcast by Baghdad The battle for Khorramshahr has been one of the toughest of the war between the Arab nation of Iraq and its Persian There was no immediate confirmation from Iran that the city had but according to earlier reports the governor of Abadan said Iraqi forces were trying to penetrate Khorramshahr from the east to help harddriving troops in troops overrun Iranian port in 33rd day of Persian Gulf war control of the citys northern sector overrun the entire Iraq made frequent claims in the past that Irans main commercial port on the embattled Shatt elArab had fallen and each time Iran denied the The Iraqi communique said Iraqs Defense Minister Adnan Khairalla telephoned the news of Khorramshahrs capture at midday to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein at the operations room of the Iraqi according to the Our troops and tanks have captured the citys main bridge on the Karun river and all the residential buildings overlooking the com munique The Iranian command said earlier that at daybreak handtohand combat flared into a seventh straight day in the streets of which Irans Supreme Defense Council recently renamed or City of in tribute to its selfsacrificing Moslem Hundreds of diehard Islamic revolutionary guards of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeinis regime have been killed in the seven days of houseto house fighting that preceded the citys final according to the Iraqi The Iranian news Agency Pars today said helicopterborne Iranian paratroopers staged new hit and run attacks in the central sector of the knocking out 19 Iraqi Iran claimed its air force drove Iraqi bombers away from its huge offshore oil terminal at Kharg 150 miles south west of Abadan in the See Page 14A Candidates not comedy experts WASHINGTON AP The story you are about to read is about campaign It is a short It begins with Jimmy Carter worrying about the Hollywoodizing of should a certain ex actor become president I see every bill signing ceremony on the South Lawn taking place at night with huge says I see Pennsylvania Avenue turning into the Avenue of the I see visiting foreign dignitaries putting their boot prints into cement on the South I see the most important news personality in America is Rona And then I wake up and I realize immediately its only a bad Then theres Ronald Reagans way of not making persona attacks You its something to have a brother who is obviously a humbler and a buffoon and yet I have to give him Billy Carter hasnt complained And when Carter asks Americans to trust Reagan tells the spoon He is Reagan of the Ralph Waldo Emerson line The more he talked about his the faster we counted the Franklin Roosevelt gave us the New Reagan Harry Truman gave us the Fair Now Jimmy Carter has given us a Thats about as funny as it gets on the 1980 campaign presidential John by his own staffs is a poor contributor to campaign Anderson is so singleminded that he once failed to notice that 40 reporters were wearing lobster bibs while covering a campaign The best campaigner of the lot by comedic standards is Vice President Walter See Page 14A Stuff photo by Hunry Kfi Back to school Deputy county clerk Charlene Nolle explains a punchcard voting device to Clinton and Rose Ludwig during an instruction session at the courthouse More than 100 election clerks and pollwatchers from the countys 19 precincts attended the meeting to brush up on balloting procedures and recieve their electionday Thats Chester Krause and Harry Heimer in the Kosygins resignation strengthens Brezhnev MOSCOW AP The resignation of ailing Premier Alexei Kosygin is ex pected to have little immediate impact on Soviet but observers here believe it offers important hints about future per sonnel changes in the aging Kremlin Western analysts say the appointment of Deputy Premier Nikolai Tikhonov as successor to the 76yearold Kosygin strengthens the hand of President Leonid Tikhonovs longtime close friend and But they say the new premiers advanced indicates he may only be an interim announced the shakeup Wednesday in a speech to the Supreme the national His speech included no praise for but Western analysts said Kosygin ap parently left the 2 Kremlin post while in good political If he joined former President Anastas Mikoyan as one of the few top Soviet leaders to resign of his own The official reason given for Kosygins resignation was ill health he reportedly suffered at least two heart attacks in recent Reports of failing health have often been used by Soviet leaders to disguise forced but Soviet and Western analysts here believe Kosygins desire to step down was He has been trying to resign for some said a Soviet source who knows Kosygins He just wanted to to But other Soviet leaders have been Perhaps theyve been wondering how to replace Western experts believe the resignation of Kosygin who handled economic affairs and the daytoday running of the govern ment may have set an important precedent for other members of the aging national leadership to step down rather than die in Many past Soviet leaders have clung to their jobs as long as their lives or their political support But despite a comment in 1976 by one member of the ruling Politburo that 70 is only middle Soviet leaders are suffering increasingly from health problems and others may also seek an honorable way out of Brezhnev himself has frequently been ill in recent years but lately he has appeared in better Defense Minister Dmitri 71 KGB Security police chief Yuri An 66 ideologist Mikhail Suslov 77 and other members of the ruling 15ineinber See Page 14A Inside 9A REAL 6 8A UA 9A WEATHER
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