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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas ight of rioting follows Miami shooting MIAMI AP Police kept roads to black slum sealed off today after a night of looting and violence by rocktossing gangs angered when a Hispanic policeman critically wounded a black man at a video One looter was killed by Seven people were hurt in the Tuesday night disturbance in the Overtown and police spokesman Mike Stewart said 29 people had been arrested by early At least three police cars and two journalists cars were burned and a group of about 20 young men was seen swarming a young white who was stripped of her It was Miamis worst disturbance since a May 1980 riot claimed 18 lives and caused million in property An 84squareblock area remained sealed with exit ramps on a nearby highway and about 50 officers equipped with riot gear were on said Now its real he said this Theres only sporadic incidents of rocks and bottles being He said a substantial number of officers would stay in the area all The man whose shooting by police prompted the Nevell Johnson was in critical condition today at Jackson Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound in the Two witnesses claimed the shooting was Community leaders warned that violence might flare since Overtown is near the site of the Orange Bowl Parade on New Years and the Orange Bowl college football game on New Years This that neighborhood is going to be a dangerous said Bill president of the local chapter of People United to Save who said he walked the streets to try to quell These people are We can probably expect a lot more Perry said he thought many rioters wanted to avenge the shooting of After he was two or three officers in vestigating the shooting were trapped in the arcade by an angry mob for about an hour before they could be freed with a tear gas police The Theoford who was conducting church services a few blocks from the center of the People took to the streets in resentment of the They were just like in the riots a few years Miamis black neighborhoods erupted in 1980 after an allwhite jury in Tampa acquitted four white policemen in the beating death of black businessman Arthur That riot was centered in Liberty City and also spread to five miles See Page 12A New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZeituno I NI A OC O OO A M WEDNESDAY December 25 cents 91 253 32 Pages 4 Sections USPS 377880 So Judge Wommack looks back at 12 years in charge By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Its a well known fact around the County Courthouse that you wont find Max Wommack in the afternoon until after Thats when his favorite soap As the World Turns is over and thats when Wommack returns to his office not a minute That one trait has caused the outgoing county judge considerable teasing throughout the In two the silver haired Wommack wont have to worry about the teasing or the rushing back to the On Saturday he will officially step down from a 12year term as Comal County Judge and turn the reins of the county over to incoming County Judge Fred Sitting in an office Tuesday af ternoon which once was cluttered with his belongings but now stands almost Wommack remembered his term of office and the many changes hes seen in the county since In the last 12 Wommack has watched the population of the county almost causing the county budget to increase from the less than onemilliondollar figure it amounted to in the early 1970s to the more than million bundle it is As head of Commissioners which each year must review and adopt the countys Wommack knows firsthand how this growth affected the The law enforcement Sheriffs Department has more than tripled in size in the last 12 said Weve seen organized sheriffs reserves before they were ona volunteers During his Wommack also saw electronic modernization begin to take a hold of the county in the Sheriff Departments radio system and the computer system now utilized by the offices of the County District County District Clerk and Sheriffs Theres been growth in all departments of the he pointing to the County Road Depart whose budget has increased from in the early 1970s to more than this There is one area of the which Wommack has seen decrease in size the county Wommack has diminished in Meeting the growing needs of the justice system is what Wommack now considers to be the countys top Currently the county is planning for a new county which according to an outofcourt federal lawsuit set tlement still needing the federal courts approval must be ready for occupancy no later than Wommack said Tuesday he hopes that new jail will be built big enough to meet the countys needs through at least the year As for the people of the county passing a bond issue to pay for the jails Wommack said I dont see it passing easily when its presented in 1983 but if all the ground work is laid properly which is being done now I think the people will pass In addition the growth and modernization experienced by the county and the Courthouse during his Wommack has also seen the function of his own office Its much more time consuming and more demanding of said who noted that hed devoted fulltime to the office The probate work has at least doubled and the mental illness and alcoholism cases in probate court have also increased at a rather alarming Although the county judge is probably best known for sitting as head of Commissioners a considerable amount of his time is spent in probate court hearing such See Page 12A Moving on After 12 years as Comal County Max Wommack is he puts his feet up at the table he ran Com missioners Court meetings from Below he listens to a CihJv Richardson question as his tenure winds down and below he marks another day off an allyear calendar one day closer to a well deserved Property tax statements now arriving in Comal ISO Inside By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Comal Independent School District patrons began receiving 1982 tax statements thanks to the Postal Were mailing out between and and hope to get all of them in the mail by said CISP Tax AssessorCollector The statements will reflect a cent per valuation tax approved by CISD board of trustees The trustees had initially con sidered a because of the distinct probability that General Portland and Texas Industries will not pay their taxes again this the two industries owe the school district over in unpaid GPI has filed suit against the Comal County Appraisal protesting its appraised values for this And if last years precedent is the school district will be left with a contingency fund of less than after GPIs taxes are With the which was not the districts contingency fund would have ballooned to even without GPIs tax The tax rate represented a three percent increase over last years effective tax Tax statements were delayed to CISD because the CISD Tax Office did not have the necessary information from the Appraisal District until Despite the Neuse said penalties for failing to pay ones taxes will be beginning on Penalties will include 7 percent on 9 percent on March percent on April percent on May and 15 percent on June For those who wish to pay their taxes in the CISD Tax Office on Highway 81 East will be open from 8 to 5 through and from 8 to 2 Even those people who havent received their statements in the and would like to pay their taxes for 1982 can call us or come by the Neuse Well look up their and take their Were trying to ac commodate everyone as much as Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for increasing cloudiness and colder today through Winds will be north to northeast at 1520 mph then northeasterly at 1015 mph There is a 50 percent chance of light rain or drizzle and a 70 percent chance of rain Rangers Win The Smithson Valley Rangers stretched their basketball record to 132 with a 4531 win over the New Braunfels Unicorns Tuesday night at Unicorn New Bruanfels put up a good especially in the second but they were outgunned by the led by Rocky Neumans 21 See COMICS TV Holiday breakins Local miniwarehouses burglarized By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Somebody did his Christmas shopping on the nopayment Two New Braunfels ministorage complexes were raided on or about Police investigator Mario Guerrero has reports on 20 separate with stolen items totaling at least in The burglaries occurred at Ralph Curtis Warehouses at 913 and at the StorHaus on Eikel Earlier in the two burglaries were reported at Cliffs Mini 725 Gruene One lessee there lost in furniture and Those thefts were reported on The big raid came to police at tention on the morning of Dean manager of Ralph Curtis gave police a list of 10 units which had been broken Subsequent investigation turned up some Guerrero believes the raid oc curred at around lunchtime on A witness reported seeing a white moving van with a badly Smoking exhaust pipe at about that If anybody has seen a truck like they might give us a he Most of the burglarized storage units were equipped with large Master Guerrero has found the remains of one cut through by bolt The thieves took the rest with Were lucky to have the detective If a suspect is ap it may be possible to mutch the lock to the tool that cut This case strongly resembles a string of burglaries that occurred in New Braunfels last Guerrero One of the first things he did was to check on the man believed to have been responsible for See Page 12A
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