Tuesday, April 26, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Mlor tt Mitch wamble New Braunfels Hvrald TUESDAY April 26 cents Ntw New prosecutor wanted for cases By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer District Judge Robert Pfeuffer holds the key to the possible appointment of a special prosecutor to handle three remaining involuntary manslaughter cases against a Fort Sam Houston But Pfeuffer indicated Tuesday hes not opening any doors with that key until something is formally I dont go willynilly grabbing in the air for something to rule Nothings been presented to and until there there will be no action on my And when there is action to be I feel some kind of a hearing would be Pfeuffer said in a telephone interview from where the judge is presiding over a civil damage Any decision on a case thats stirred up as much controversy as this one should be in a not in my outside the publics And before you when that hearing will dont That will depend on and anythings filed for me to William Dale Savage was placed on 10 years probation and fined April 14 by a Comal County jury for the involuntary manslaughter of Ruben Sauceda on Also killed in the traffic accident were Saucedas pregnant wife and their two small On April four Comal County Jail inmates went on a hunger strike to protest the probated A group calling itself The Committee of Justice for All has picketed the Courthouse and con ducted a march from the accident scene to a rally on Main Plaza Monday afternoon without Before the District Attorney Bill Schroeder met with Mack Virginia Pacheco and several others to discuss the possibility of naming a special Martinez is an Austin attorney serving as legal counsel for the Committee and represents the Sauceda Pacheco heads the At that Martinez told Schroeder that the Committee wanted Savage prosecuted Thats not going to Schroeder Mar tinez then Weve talked to the Attorney Generals and if you and the district judge were they would send a special Schroeder said he would think about Staff photo by John Senler See Page 14 Protesters make their way up West San Antonio Street Protest march comes off without incident A protest march that paralyzed downtown New Braunfels for over two hours Monday ended at Main Plaza as peacefully as it had started two miles a Were pleased it went as smoothly as it Police Chief Burney Boeck said We didnt have any more officers out there than it usually takes to seal off Main As they chanted What do we want and When do we want it the marchersmade their way from Peach Street down the right side of Spur and San Antonio streetsto Main Plaza with full police Crowd estimates ranged from 250 by a participant to a police count of The protest was in conjunction with a hunger strike by four Comal County Jail in who began fasting on April 15 one day after William Dale Savage was sentenced to 10 years probation for the death of Ruben Sauceda Saucedas pregnant wife and two children were also killed in the 30 traffic One of the fasting Richard was released from jail Monday on a bond for unlawfully carrying a weapon on licensed another bond for failure to and for two traffic warrants and one failure to As he walked from the carrying his box of he said he was going home to eat a the other three inmates Juan Margarito Maldonado and Gilbert Gonzales were given a clean bill of health by a physician They have been getting a steady liquid diet of orange soft tea and water since April The protest march was organized by the Committee of Justice for which had been picketing in front of the Courthouse in a show of support for the hunger Various speakers rallied the Main Plaza including the mother of Ruben Sauceda She wept as she told the group she had great pain in heart for the family who had and hope justice is The Main Plaza gathering broke up by then transferred to nearer the accident scene at Eikel a Committee of Justice for All Esequiel Cheque Torres We decided to keep on picketing the but were going to do it dif Im tired of So we instead of eight hours a were only going to picket for one or two in the morning every We want to give the people a DEBBIE DeLOACH Council not enthused about new exemption Inside ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer The optional 40 percent homestead exemption may not get much support from City Council in the next property tax Councilmember Barbara Tieken brought it up Monday when City Manager Delashmutt introduced his proposed The budget calls for a tax rate of 24 cents per The city will be using the Comal County Appraisal Districts updated roll for the first time in fiscal year With those new Delashmutt the 24cent rate will bring in approximately the same revenue as the current though there may be wide variations on some individual Because of their different taxing Comal County and the Comal Independent School District put the new roll into effect last Both took the 40 percent homestead exemption allowed by a 1981 amend ment to the Texas and Tieken asked the council to consider this as I would hope the council would take a hard look at what Tieken is said Delash Donnie Seay and didnt seem to like If we do well have to raise the tax So its six of one and half a dozen of he its really said explaining the rationale behind the 40 percent Before the Peveto Bill went into com mercial and industrial properties were usually reappraised more often than their values on existing rolls were more uptodate when the central appraisal districts came in and put everything at fair market Whereas the appraised value of some homes more than The 40percent exemption lessens the shock for and puts more of the tax burden on business and Tieken pointed out that several cities in the Texas Municipal League had recommended the Mayor Stratemann didnt like it You can continually take from the and take from the and put it on the That middle group is going to be paying one See Page 14 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm this afternoon and with clouds returning tonight and Wednesday Winds will be from the south at 1520 mph and gusty shifting to the southeast at 1015 mph There will be a 20 percent chance of showers tonight and Wednesday Sunset will be at and sunrise Wednesday will Elway In Pinstripes The Baltimore as took Stanford quarterback John Elway as the first pick in todays NFL But also as Elway said hed play baseball for the New York Yankees before hed don a Colt See Page Peace Journey United States Secretary of State George Shultz started an important round of Middle East peace talks today by conferring with Egyptian Premiere Hosni The talks went well past the scheduled time giving hope that some progress is being See Page DEAR SPORTS TV WEATHER The iron is hot Market good for bondsWesterman By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer The bond market is in better shape than its been in several which means now is a good time to be selling financial consultant Floyd Westerman said Equally in good shape financially are the New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal said executive vice president of the San Antonio investment firm of Allison who serves as financial consultant to the two Both the county and NBISD have scheduled bond elections within four days of one another in The countys is set for May 7 and NBISDs for May NBISDs million bond package is according to district to construct a new elementary school and renovate and expand current The districts package which is split into three propositions asks voters to approve funds for the new construction and renovation to aircondition all schools and to build a new central administrative office School officials say the bond package is necessary to meet the districts growing which they expect will reach in 10 The on the other is calling for its million bond election to build a new county which must be ready for occupancy no later than 1985 according to a federal lawsuit set Dropping interest rates in the bond market make now an attractive time to be calling for bond elec Westerman noted in a telephone The bond market has is as strong as its been in a number of years and its been improving he Equally as strong are the financial conditions of both NBISD and the he The school districts current rate of bond in debtedness is slightly over which is left over from the districts 1977 bond NBISD business manager Lonnie Curtis According to NBISD could be in debt up to 10 percent of its total assessed which is now approximately This means that legally the district could owe Westerman If the school districts entire bond package the district would be in debt approximately million which is still considerably lower than the million allowed by Westerman said the county is also in good financial shape in that it does not have a tremendous amount of outstanding he pointed Currently the county owes left over from floodcontrol bonds issued in the early 1970s and from certificates of obligation issued in County Auditor Bate Bond said After June the county will make payments on these debts and then owe he The countys total estimated assessed value is See Page 14 Court eyeing Texas case WASHINGTON AP The Supreme Court is considering a case that may yield a Hfeanddeath timetable for some condemned murderers The justices are expected to use a Texas case argued before them today to by how federal appeals courts should handle emergency appeals from death At issue is what standard those 12 ap peals courts should use in deciding whether to postpone the execution of a death row inmate who has filed a new appeal with Tte 5th Circuit Court of based in New has adopted a policy of denying postponement requests unless the death row inmate can show the underlying appeal likely will be suc Other appeals courts use a much less demanding granting execution delays if the underlying appeal is not The standard the Supreme Court selects could result in even of added court proceedings and execution Also at issue in the case of Thomas sentenced to die by lethal in jection for the 1978 murder of a Texas police is whether psychiatrists should be allowed to testify about a con victed murderers future Juries now hear such testimony in choosing between the death penalty or life in prison as an appropriate Barefoot was to die last but less than 12 hours before his scheduled execution the Supreme Court ordered that he be kept alive and that his emergency appeal be made a test Barefoot was convicted of the 1978 shooting death of Carl a Barker police officer who had been investigating a night club Barefoots case attracted considerable unsolicited advice for the high The Legal Defense a civil rights group active in representing death row and the American Bar the nations largest organization of opposed the 5th circuit courts A stay should be granted unless it can be determined on the face of the available documents that the inmates claims are ABA President Morris Harrell But the conservative Washington Legal Foundation urged the justices to uphold the 5th circuit courts San Antonio airman drowns while trying to swim cove BySANDRA JACKSON and DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writers Canyon Lake claimed its first victim of 1983 when a 19yearold military man drowned while swimming near the Fort Sam Houston Thomas a dog handler stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San was pronounced dead at the scene at SaWday by Precinct 4 Peace Justice Howard County officials declined to release the name or details of the drowning Saturday night since nextofkin had not been Biddle was from Smith said the body had been in the water 20 to 30 minutes before being pulled out by divers from a local diving Clad in cutoff who had been at the lake on a daylong apparently attempted to swim across a cove at the retreat and didnt make his friends Deputy Steve Stapleton said in his report that Biddle was on the beach area and decided to swim to the Biddle had about 2030 feet to go when he began having Four men entered the and reached Biddle as he went underneath the waters surface for the last One of the men said he felt Biddles hand on his and then felt it slip the report No autopsy was The body was taken to Zoeller Funeral Home and later transferred See Page 14