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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 14, 1982

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas 0311a:;, Texas #?5?~Cheer Fund The Santa Claus you see depicted here is there for a good reason. In our own way, we at the Herald-Zeitung are trying to play Santa for several needy local families this holiday season. Briefly, what we’re doing is a public service project which is designed to put a Christmas dinner on the tables of needy families in Comal County. Toward that goal, we’re asking for contributions — either monetary or nonperishable food items — so we can provide a nice basket to take to these families on Christmas Eve. The response has been gratifying in the week and a half since we announced the project, and we deeply and sincerely appreciate your support. If you would like to contribute, you can mail a check to “NB Herald-Zeitung    Cheer Fund,” P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels, Tx., 78130. You can also drop it by our offices at 186 So. Casten Avenue. Here are our most recent contributors: Old balance............................$753 New contributors New Braunfels Evening Lions ..........$65.70 Anonymous...........................$80 Anonymous...........................$50 Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Oldham Jr...........$25 "R and B” ............................$20 Mr and Mrs. E W. Golden Jr..............$20 Sandy and Brad Brasher.............food.    $5 Cheryl McCampbell.....................$5 Mr and Mrs Mark Wiggins...............$5 Anonymous .................2    cases,    honey New balance.................$1,003.70flier op lex , Inc.jtt: flitch womb 1< i ,o. £>ox ^5i*3b Dallas, iVx<*>s Comp. ^LIPS, lr-x<*»<? 7|?/$5 Eleventh hour Comfund drive nears goal, deadline Wednesday By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer On the heels of a self-imposed Dec. 15 deadline, Comfund’s board of directors conducted a mini-telephone drive Monday night, striving to reach the 1982 $85,000 goal. “We took in about $1,200 in pledges last night, and we plan to do it again tonight,” said Comfund secretary Suzanne Herbelin Tuesday. Comfund’s total, as of this morning, was $76,010. Directors David Hardee, Bob Smith, W.T. Ellis, David Way, Bob Fisher, Bill Martin, John Turman and Frances Huff called Comal County residents on the phone last night, “who had given in the past, but had not this year,” Herbelin said. Those contacted were asked to make a pledge to the Comal County Community Fund. The $85,000 goal is set to be distributed among 19 local agencies. That figure represents a $10,000 drop from last year’s goal, which was not met. “I think our prospects are really good this year,” said Comfund president John Turman. “I am real confident we’re going to make it, even with the Dec. 15 cut-off.” The cut-off will mark the end of pledge solicitation. Herbelin added. “But we’ll still accept money after that date. We’re certainly not going to refuse to take it. “The main reason for the strict cut-off this year is that we set them before, but we didn’t adhere to them. So it got to where people were hearing Community Fund all year long,” Herbelin explained. ‘‘I think cutting it off now will help out next year.” Even though pledge solicitation will stop Wednesday, Turman said there will be a fund-raising project after that date. “The New Braunfels High School Student Council’s Comfund run, originally set for Saturday, Dec. 4, was postponed on account of the weather to this Saturday, Dec. 18.” See COMFUND, Page 16 A New j-1—1--- Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung Vol. 91 — No. 242    16    Pages TUESDAY December 14,1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Wood verdict: all three 'guilty' SAN ANTONIO AP) A federal court jury convicted Charles V. Harrison today of killing U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. here in 1979 for a $250,000 fee. The jury also convicted Harrebon's wife. Jo Ann Starr Harbison, of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Jurors convicted Elizabeth Chagra. wife of the man who the government contended hired Harbison, of conspiracy to murder a federal judge and conspiracy to obstruct justice. None of the three defendants showed any emotion w hen the verdicts were read but several of the nine women jurors sobbed as they looked at the defendants Harrelson turned to reporters as they were getting ready to take him away and said. “This is just a necessary step in tin? progression of things.” Mrs. Chagra held her head up and even smiled at the jurors as the verdict* were read. Charles Campion, representing Mrs. Harrelson. had red eyes when leaving the court room and said, “I wish we could have had a severance and separate trial for Jo Ann.” Presiding Judge William S. Sessions set sentencing for 9 a.in. March 8 and informed each defendant he or she would have an opportunity to speak before final sentencing. Defense lawyers requested the jurors be polled and Sessions called each juror’s name and each one stood and answered “yes” when asked if they agreed w ith each of the six guilty verdicts. One juror. Patricia Schultz-Ormond, was trem bling and weeping when she responded. Harrelson faces a mandatory life sentence for murder, up to life for the conspiracy to murder conviction, and up to five years for the conspiracy to obstruct justice. Mrs. Harrelson faces a maximum five-year sentence. Mrs. Chagra faces up to life in prison on the conspiracy to murder charge and up to five years on the conspiracy charge. Harrelson, 44, a convicted hitman who allegedly bragged, “I’ve never killed a person who was undeserving of it,” was charged with shooting Wood in the back on May 29, 1979, in the driveway of the judge's San Antonio townhouse. The nine-woman, three-man panel, which had been sequestered since last Thursday, worked nine straight days and deliberated 18 hours over four days before reaching the verdicts They heard 40 days of testimony from 131 witnesses. During the course of the deliberations, jury foreman Mary Kathleen Mills, a medical records technician, asked Sessions to reread his charges on conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice, and to replay secretly recorded conversations between the Harrelsons. Prosecutors described Harrelson as “highly intelligent and cunning,” and said he killed the judge for a $250,000 fee from Jamiel “Jimmy” Chagra, 39, now serving a 30-year federal prison term without See WOOD, Page 16 Student killed in crash Involuntary manslaughter charges are expected to be filed against a San Marcos man in connection with the death of Undsay Allen {.abay in a one-car rollover early Monday morning on Interstate 35. The 22-year-old driver, who faces the charges, is in stable condition today at Hays Memorial Hospital in San Marcos He was admitted Monday morning for a right leg abrasion. l<abay, a student at Southwest Texas State University from Houston, was a passenger in a 1973 Volkswagen, which left the roadway about 3.5 miles north of New Braunfels about 2 a.in. Monday . The small car slid sideways in the median, then flipped over six or seven times. The 21-year-old {.abay was thrown from the car about 40 feet, sustained a broken neck, and was pronounced dead at the scene by Peace Justice Precinct No. I, Harold Krueger. The driver was wearing a shoulder harness and seat belt, i,abay was not. The Department of Public Safety report, filed by Trooper Hon McCoy, stated the two men had been to an employee Christmas Party at the New Braunfels Holiday Inn, prior to the accident. A blood test taken at Hays Memorial Hospital showed that the driver registered an alcohol level of 28 (the legal limit in Texas is .10). A blood sample was also taken from the victim, and sent to tile DPS lab in Corpus Christi. Results of that test are expected in a few weeks, a DPS spokeswoman said. Funeral arrangements for Labay are under the direction of Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home in Houston.  DEBBIE DeLOACH Inside Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for cloudy this afternoon, with a 20 percent chance of light rain. It will remain cloudy tonight, with a 30 percent chance of rain showers, then clearing for Wednesday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, and 5-10 mph tonight Sunset will be at 5:34 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at7:18a.m, CLASSIFIED.................................11    13 COMICS....................................14    15 CROSSWORD..................................15 DEAR ABBY....................................3 DEATHS......................................16 HOROSCOPE....................................5 OPINIONS......................................4 SPORTS......................................6    8 STOCKS......................................16 TV LISTINGS...................................15 WEATHER.  ..................................5 MALDEF official suggests adjustments in two of four municipal districts By DYANNEFRY Staff writer The Mexican American l^gal Defense arid Educational Fund applied calculator and blue pencil to New Braunfels’ proposed votmg-districts map. and brought back a slightly revised version for City Council to consider. The line between districts I and 2 has been redrawn, increasing the percentage of Hispanic residents in district I to 63.4 percent. The balance in total population hasn’t been upset; by MALDEF’s calculations, the two districts are more nearly equal than they were on the original map. Districts 3 and 4 are all right as drawn, said Judith Sanders-Castro, representing the Hispanic rights organization. Margaret Naegelm. chairman of the Districting Charter Review Committee, had no quarrel with the new lines on the map. “This in no way contradicts any of the actions of the districting committee,” she said. “W'e told MALDEF we would be happy to have them look at our map and see if they could increase the poi -centage in that district.” With the changes recommended, Sanders-Castro indicated her group's support of the committee’s plan She urged Council to put it to a public vote as soon as possible, so that elections can be held in April as recommended. To modify the present election system, a change in the city charter would be required. The charter can’t bt* changed without the approval of a majority of the citizens Superimposing the committee’s plan on its own census tract map. MALDEF found some minor discrepancies in the population figures. District I encompasses the West End. As originally drawn, this district was figured by the city staff to be 61.87 percent Mexican American MA EDE Es count was 6156 percent. District 2 (including the downtown area > w as 30.14 percent Hispanic by city calculations; 31.22 percent according to MAEDKE The proposed new lint* follows Wa'nut Avenue soutli to 111 35. putting a largely Anglo neighborhood between 35 and U.S. 81 in district 2. The neighborhood (rf See MALDEF, Page 16 No condos wanted City Council rejects Sleepy Hollow rezoning request William Gallagher There won’t be any condominiums built on the bluff across the river from Sleepy Hollow. At least, not in the near future A municipal statute recently brought to the City Council’s attention requires a 75 percent vote on contested zoning c hanges. Specifically, if more than 20 percent of the property owners within 200 feet of the proposed change are against it, six members of a seven-person council must vote together to effect the change, lf out* member is absent, a single vote can block the rezoning. If two members are absent, the vote isn’t valid. City Attorney John Churm briefed Council on the law Monday night, but it proved to be a moot point in tins case. All six of the council members present voted against the zoning change requested by Bayside Petroleum Inc. “I came to this meeting tonight with a very open mind,” said Coun-cilmernber Joe Rogers. “But after seeing our citizenry here, and talking to some of them,” I’m going to find it difficult to vote for this.” He moved to deny the rezoning from R-2 (single- and two-family residential) to R-3 (multi-family). The other council members went along with him. Donnie Seay was absent, but Ins vote wouldn’t have made any difference. Bayside wanted to put 12 condominiums on a 1.221-acre tract in the HOO block of Gruene Road. Company agent William Gallagher said it would be an attractive development, “an asset to the area,” and predicted it would attract a higher quality of resident than the duplexes that would be allowed under current zoning. Harry Jewett, a planning consultant hired by a neighbor opposed to the rezoning, didn’t want to argue about the quality of the proposed project. He was concerned about setting a precedent for future development along the river. Referring to a city zoning map, Jewett demonstrated that there was plenty of R-3 zoning on the other side of G rue ne Road, but none at all on the side where Bay side’s property lies Sleepy Hollow, across the Guadalupe from the property in question, contains mostly single-family residences on large lots. Though the street addresses are quite different, Jewett said tilt* two neighborhoods share a common “front y ard”: the river “If we have one intrusion of R-3 zoning, what’s to stop other intrusions?” he asked And, he added, once the rezoning is granted, it goes with the property. The city can’t bind Bayside Petroleum to its present plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on this issue on Nov. 9, and recommended an R-3 zoning by a 3-2 vote That hearing ran long, with four neighboring property owners speaking strongly against the rezoning Un Monday, Jewett (hired by Mrs. Claude Stroud) simply asked ail those opposed to stand up, The number was impressive. City Council received a letter of opposition from Dan and Mary Koenig, among the protestors at the Planning and Zoning hearing. If the council was unanimous in its disapproval of these zone changes, it was equally approving of two others to which no protests had been filed, The Gruene Mansion property at 1275 Gruene Road will be zoned C-3 if the ordinance passes second and third readings. Owners Pierce McGrath and Joe E. Johnston (abo represented by Gallagher) want to turn the mansion’s outbuildings into motel cottages, which requires a higher zoning. The Palm Garden Center at 1064 Texas 46 South has been rezoned from R-2 to C-3, so that owners A J. and Annie Cadded can put a nuni-storage unit behind the nursery. Ms Judith Sanders-Castro outlines Staff photo bv Dvm,no fry MALDEF's recommendations to City Council ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 14, 1982

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