New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 12, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 12, 1983

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas A New Efts Braunfels New Braunfels. Texas Herald-ZeitunQ OO ki„ n a    ____ o    c'__---- THURSDAY May 12, 1983 25 cents Vol. 92 No. 94 16 Pages 2 Sections (USPS 377 880' Jury convicts Ortiz of murder charge By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer An emotional Juan Ramon Ortiz, found guilty of murder Wednesday, took the stand Thursday and denied killing an El Salvadoran national last July 4. “You heard the testimony from those who said you beat and tortured and killed their friends do you recognize those people?" Defense attorney Charles Cate questioned Ortiz said he had never done any of those things, and didn't know those who testified against him for a week and a half OrtLz is charged with killing Ramon Turclos, 15. one of four El Salvadorans who were bound and shot at close range along the Brazos River last July The defendant cried when asked lf he had been a party to the July killings “No. I have my family, my children I don't want any problems.” Ortiz said, adding he had been threatened by a convicted member of the Los Tejas smuggling gang “He told me I might leave jail, but not the graveyard “ The guilty verdict Wednesday came after less than two hours of deliberations, and over four hours of closing arguments Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Don Bankston used lyrics from a Willie Nelson song to make his point in closing arguments Bankston told tin* Jury of seven women and five men. "The song s about cl fashioned Justice, and the lyrics say, 'lf you're gonna dance, you gotta pay the band.' It s time for Ortiz to pay the band for killing RamonTurcios “Theres another song that comes to mind in this case — The Eyes of Texas They're on you," Bankston said “ There are eight more eyes on you in Nuevo Laredo The Los Tejas smuggling gang wants to know if there's going to be a red light to their activities. "Perhaps Ramon Turclos should not have availed himself access here the way he did. but lie sure didn t deserve to die for It Be courageous, and find this man guilty of murder." Cate pleaded with the Jury to judge the credibility of the state's witnesses, and accused the state of “coaching” its witnesses “lf a quarterback is suspected of gambling, you don't go out and prosecute the third stringer sitting on the bench," he said “And that’s the best the state can come up with in this case is Juantllo was a third stringer, and was seen talking to the gang leader on July 3 “This is America, and thank god we have a greater burden of proof than that “ Cate also questioned win the Houston Police Department or its Chicano Squad didn't take over the investigation “Maybe you have It) figure they have a level of expertise to know that some things aren't worth fooling with.” Hee OH l l/. Page H \ Campers swept away in Pedernales River DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas t AP)    - Searchers today resumed their search of the debris-littered blinks of the Pedernales River, where they found the body of one of three boys caught In a midnight flash flood as they camped with their counselor from a home for troubled youths The counselor and a Houston man camping on the opposite side of the river also wert-reported missing after the flood Wednesday morning The winding Hill Country river crested at 20 feet above normal early Wednesday morning, authorities said Camping equipment was found stuck in trees high above the river's banks The youths and counselor were part of a 16 member group from the Hope Center for Youth of Apple Springs, near Lufkin in East Texas. The home is a private, non profit home for troubled youngsters, said direc tor Lyndon lauigford, who w as summoned from Houston The body was identified as that of 12 year old Jamie Hendrick of Houston Blanco County Sheriff Sherman Brodbeek identified the other missing youth group members as Jeremy Williams, ll. of Houston. John dowers, 12 of Lufkin, and counselor Harold Harvey. age unknown. of Nacogdoches The body was found about 8:30 p rn three miles downstream from w here tin* youths had camped, said Blanco County sheriff's dispatcher Jenny Candle “When we camped out there was heavy to light drizzle We didn't think much about any flooding," Langford said “They were having to drag their canoes yesterday because of low water in the river " In searching for the youths and counselor, authorities discovered three more campers on the opposite side of the river who reported that a Houston man who camped out nearby also w as missing His car was found near where he said he would be camping, park officials said. but he was not further identified Sec I I OOI). Page ti \ Tax hearing tonight NBISD to propose 90.39-cent rate By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Tonight's your chance lf you've got anything to say about the proposed tax rate for the New Braunfels Independent School District A public hearing to discuss the proposed 90 39 cent rate i per (tai valuation t will be held at 8 p rn in the library of New Braunfels High School The official tax rate for the 19m3-M school year will not be adopted, however, until the school board meets on May 17 Of the BO 39 cent figure, school trustees propose that 57>9 cents go for the district s maintenance and operation and 32 5 cents go for bonded Indebtedness That bonded indebtedness now includes the addition of $h ss million in new bonds which were approved by voters in NBISD s May 3rd election On that date, a majority of the record voter turnout approved the three issue ballot w hich called for the construction of a new elemen tary school, renovations to current facilities, air-conditioning all schools and tile construction of a new administrative office The addition of the $h>5 million to the district's bonded indebtedness added ap proximately 2u cents to the proposed tax rate District officials were estimating a proposed tax rate of 7U cents had voters not approved all three ballot propositions The 90 39 cent rate will bring in "a little bit more revenue" than last year's 97 cent tax rate, NBISD Business Manager lamnie Curtis said Thursday He's estimating that the new rate w ill bring in slightly less than 3 percent more than this year's local tax revenue which amounted to $2,200,000 Curtis said the BO 39 cent rate will bring in approximately $2,400,(SJO Hee MUSI), Page H \Tubers rushing, but water isn't lf communications between here and the coast don't get straightened out by Friday, there may be a lot of disappointed tourists perched high and dry on River Road this weekend "We found out the Huwtttm Foal published yesterday that we were releasing 2,000 cubic feet per second," •ald Arlene Garrett at the Canyon Dam Corps of Engineers Station. Not so. Water la flowing out of Canyon Lake and into the lower Guadalupe at a mere 125 cfs, the same rate as last week At many points between the dam and Lake Dunlap, the river is shallow enough to scrape the lower parts of tubers, enough to make canoeists get out and push. ‘I think maybe they got us mixed up with the Pedernales," said Garrett. Four people were reported missing Wednesday after a flash flood on th# normally placid waterway, less than IOO milss north of She called the Pos! as soon as Its offices opened on Thursday. "The man I talked to said he wasn’t sure where the Information came from, but that he would correct It," Garrett -DYANNI FRYInsideToday's Weather MALDEF to help local committee The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) bas stepped Into the protest picture, with legal support for the Committee of Justice for All s special prosecutor request MALDEF filed .til amicus curiae" brief Wednesday in support of tile Committee’s motion for the ap pointment of an attorney pro tem to prosecute the remaining three iii voluntary manslaughter indictments against William Dale Savage A hearing is set for 9 .30 a in Monday for Judge Robert I'feuffer to rule on that motion Savage was sentenced to IO years probation April 14 for tile death of Ruben Sauceda Sr..    Get 30 S.iuceda's pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed by Savage's car District Attorney Bill    Schroeder has refused to pursue the remaining indictments against    Savage, however, Schroeder bus    opened Un* door tm tin* Attorney < leneral’s <Mflce to take a look at tile cases, it Judge I Mender agrees to appoint a special prosecutor Monday MALDKF's brief stated. "Tile genius of tile American criminal justice system lies in its ability to protect tile rights of the accused while punishing the wrongdoer That system can not operate when the state's attorney refused to prosecute But tin* common law Ila provided < means for putting tile criminal Justice system back on track through the judiciary's power to appoint a special prosecutor The brief cited numernioih cases where tilt* court had the* authority under common law to appoint a special prosecutor then warned, “without a trial, this community will remain polarized " Tile brief said tin* grand jury who indicted Savage hadSee HW Mil,, 1‘uge K % Pilot error? Skies should become partly cloudy by af temoon, with warm temperatures and winds from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour The KW condition* will prevail on Friday    The P1'0'    ,h" I’*1.......... cr““h*"' Tonight will b.- cloudy will, a perreiil “ou,h town    was    no' chaine of thunderstorms, and winds near IU l'™naed to fly by Instruments alone mph Sunset today will he at s 14 rn . sunrise “*    ‘ "ul“ br  ........ Friday at 6 40 a rn    visibility conditions, according to reports The night of the crash, in which Mn Qtnrirc    *our wut*of-town persons were killed, INO olULKb    National    Weather Service reported that New' Braunfels was Due to problems with the typesetting equip masked in heavy fog and misty rain. merit at the Herald Zeitung, we are unable to    The crash    occured shortly before bring you the selected quotations from the midnight when a small single-engine New York Stock Exchange today    plane clipped a power line, caught fire and crashed in a wheat field 500 yards from Interstate 35 near Schwab CLASSIFIED...................... 5    7B    4    _ COMICS    4B    Witnesses    told the Department of roncQuunDn    /rn    l>ubllc Safely lhat lhe Plane- Pooled DF AB ARMY ........... tfl    by »an Antonio attorney Galen G ne at c ........................ ta    Gilbert, was attempting to land on the DEATHS...........................12A    highway when It hit the 345,000 volt HOROSCOPE .......................2A    power line KALEIDOSCOPE......................1B    Graveside    funeral services will be OPINIONS . .    .....................4A    held at ll a rn Friday at Bethel SCRAPBOOK........................2B    Memorial Park in San Antonio for SPORTS......................... 5    7A    Gilbert. Babbl Sam Stahl will of STOCKS...........................12A    flciate, according to Doeppenschmldt TV LISTINGS........................4B    Funeral Home, which handled the WEATHER..........................2A    initial arrangements Reports say pilot flying too low for visual flight According to preliminary reports from the National Transportation Safety Board — tile agency w hich w ill determine tile cause of the accident • Gilbert. 33. was flying as low as 75 to ion feet above ground prior to tile accident. Prior lo leaving San Marcos, Gilbert told friends that “he would la-trying to follow tile road i III 35)“ and fly below the clouds and fog. Department of Public Safety Sgt John Narramore said According to FAA visual flight rules planes need to la* at least 500 feet above any object on the ground and visibility should be at least three miles, said J O Johnson, an Investigator with the National Tran sportatlon Safety Board lf these conditions cannot ta* met, pilots should be licensed to fly by instruments alone Gilbert did not have that type of license, FAA Supervisor Boh Huzletl of the San Antonio operations office said Thursday But when asked if Gilbert had violated F AA rules. Haziett said “I ran’t vive an answer as lunk* as tile investigation Is Iii progress Preliminary Investigation bv do FAA and safety board bowed no engine problems with ti)** .ingle engine Cessna 1H2. both Johnson .ut Haziett said According to eyewitness report;-tile flaming plane flew about I .(xxi yards before crashing into the field after it till tile power lilies Gilbert, 33, ail attorney and part time amateur comedian, was flying bark to San Antonio from San Mar» o> when the crash occured He and on** of bls passengers, Raymmond L Pedrazlne Jr., 24 of Helotes, had performed at the Monkey Bai night club in San Marcos Tin* two other passengers ac companying them were Anthony F’arl Davis, 27, of lai Vernia, and Maria Trevino, 33, of San Antonio Johnson Is currently working on his report of the facts of tile accident which will be turned over to ills Washington. D C. office The investigator said it will be at least a couple of months before his report is completed -JACQUELINE SMITH The protest intensifies A motorcyclist takes a glance at the picketers at the Courthouse I hursday H (JNK -e ;

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