New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 14, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 14, 1983

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas nirroflfix, Inc.    Comp. -ct : witch Kookieballas, texp* 75?MJBl. New 4sUd* BraunfelsHerald-Zcituno I OO Kl** TAQ    OO      A    O____~ WEDNESDAY December 14,1983 25 cents New Braunfels, Texas    Vol.    92    —    No.    248    38    Pages—4 Sections    (LISPS    377-880) Inmate dies in electric chair ANGOLA, La. (AP) — Robert Wayne Williams, a choirboy gone bad, went to his death in the Louisiana electric chair today praying that his execution would be a deterrent to future executions. Williams, 31, also insisted in a brief final statement that he never intended to kill Willie Kelly, the 67-year-old AAP supermarket guard he shot in the face with a shotgun during a 1979 robbery. The condemned man entered the death chamber at the Angola state prison at 1:01 a.m. and was pronounced dead 14 minutes later after five jolts of electricity coursed through his body, sending up smoke and sparks. The U.S. Supreme Court had refused late Tuesday to spare Williams, but did block today’s scheduled execution of a Georgia man, Alpha Otis Stephens. Another man, John Eldon Smith, is set to die in Georgia’s electric chair Thursday for the 1974 killings of his wife’s former husband and the former husband's new wife. Smith's lawyer said he had no immediate plans to seek to block the execution. Williams was the 10th man executed, and the second black, since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. The Rev. J D. Brown, co-pastor at Faith Chapel Church of God, where Williams’ mother is assistant pastor, read the 23rd Psalm as the condemned man entered the death cell. After Williams read his statement, three guards The Executioner's Song Robert Wayne Williams executed early Wednesday in Louisiana's electric chair, was the 10th convicted killer to be put to death in the United States since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976 Here are the others Gary Gilmore, shot by a firing squad on Jan 17. 1977, in Utah for the shooting death of a hotel clerk He also admitted killing a gasoline station attendant John Spenkelink, electrocuted on May 15, 1979. in Florida for the murder of a traveling companion Jesse Bishop, executed in a Nevada gas chamber on Oct 22, 1979, for killing a newly married woman in Las Vegas Stephen Judy electrocuted on March 9, 1981 in Indiana for raping and strangling a woman and drowning her three children Frank Coppola electrocuted on Aug 10. 1982. in Virginia tor killing and torturing a woman during a robbery Charlie Brooks Jr killed by lethal infection on Dec 7, 1982. in Texas for the shooting death of a mechanic at a used car lot John Louis Evans III electrocuted on April 22, 1983, in Alabama for the murder of a pawn shop owner during a robbery Jimmy Lee Gray, executed in the Mississippi gas chamber Sept 2. 1983, for the sexual molestation and murder of a 3 year old girl Robert Sullivan, electrocuted Nov 30 1983, in Florida for the murder of a restaurant employee put eight straps around his arms and legs and a cap with a chin strap resembling a World War I aviator’s helmet. See EXECUTION, Page 12A By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor With traffic congestion on its mind, the Greater Austm-San Antonio Corridor Council voted to request all governmental entities in the area to pass resolutions supporting feasibility studies by the Texas Highway Commission and Texas Turnpike Authority. The studies would focus on alternate routes between Austin and San Antonio Currently, Interstate 35 is the direct route between the cities The council heard reports Tuesday from San .Antonio District Engineer Ka) mond Stouter and Austin District Engineer Bob Brown about the future problems and alternate plans for Corridor council members packed Honors Hall at their Tuesday meeting Engineers say IH 35 will need help soon Staff photos by John tv Sent*/ CISD board OKs projects: portable buildings, storage By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer Comal 1SD trustees put on their hard hats and talked construction Tuesday at Smithson Valley Highschool. They accepted an Austin firm’s bid for six portable classroom buildings They approved an agreement wiih Comal County Commissioners Couit for the SVHS building trades class to construct a temporary jail facility. They agreed to help the Canyon High School Athletic Booster Club build a storage building at Cougar Stadium, and were reminded by their superintendent, “You can’t keep adding portable classrooms to campuses without enlarging the cafeterias, adding restrooms, and so on." The low bidder on six portable classrooms was Noble W Walker Company i Austin) at $137,792. All bidders were given a Sept. I completion deadline. But Supt. Edgar Willhelm said Noble Walker had indicated beginning tile job by Jan. I. “and possible relief as early as March 15. “Tentatively, we have plans for two i buildings) to See CISD, Page I2A transportation between the cities. Stouter said one way to relieve traffic congestion would be to expand the interstate into a six-la ne highway. But. the engineers said, if the area were to grow into an advanced technical corridor, the expansion would probably not be enough. At that point, an alternate route might have to be developed, they said. With the population of the area increasing at its rapid pace, the problems could come sooner than anticipated, Stotzer said. “At the turn of the century, we’re going to took at undesirable rtraffic) flow,’’he said Brown agreed “If there s anything See IH ss. Page UA Kent Mathewson makes his pointCooperation touted as key to IH 35 success Suppose Interstate 35 was a six-lane highway filled with vehicles en route to highly developed industrial and technical centers between San Antonio and Austin That was a view presented to members of the Greater AusUn-San Antonio Corridor Council Tuesday at Honors Hall in New Braunfels The council, which has representatives from all the cities between Austin and San Antonio, looked toward the future Tuesday and tried to determine the problems and sucesses of turning the growing Austin-San Antonio strip into a balanced center of trade, industry and technology without sacrificing the environment. The council heard reports about other developed industrial centers and listened to engineers discuss the problems of transportation in the corridor Kent Mathewson, an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, told the council about the elements most common in industrial parks, or “high-tech highways". The three most highly developed parks are the Silicon Valley in California, the North Carolina Research Triangle and Boston's Route 128, Mathewson said Mathewson's report, which was limited to a comparison of the Silicon Valley and the North Carolina Research Triangle, detenmned that the North Carolina triangle had done a better job in planning for growth. The triangle was more successful in uniting the elements of academics. science and business interests than Silicon Valley was, Mathewson said. Part of the success was the universities' and cities' ability to cooperate, he said. In Silicon Valley, there was often friction between the universities and the cities involved, he said. The biggest problems that faced the research parks were transportation, housing, community university relations, toxic waste, utility services, solid waste disposal and radioactive material disposal. While the North Carolina area seemed to handle most of the problems well, Mathewson said, the Silicon Valley had serious problems with most the items, especially with transportation and community-university relations. Both areas had high housing costs, Mathewson said. Costs averaged $250,000 for housing in both areas. Dan Petty, vice chairman of the North Texas Commission, told the council about the commission's problems in developing the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and controlling the impact the facility would have on the metroplex. Petty gave the council some advice. “You cannot and should not be all things to all people," he said. Rather, the council should set priorities, stick to them and develop them well, he said. The council should also not attempt to duplicate services and businesses at the expense of existing services in the areaa. Petty added. “Forward thinking and effective leadership.’’ are the most critical concerns for the council, he stressed. -PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Board wants clarification on new Coma! ISD policy There was more confusion than clarity in Comal LSD’s first reading of a new extra-cumcular policy Tuesday night. The policy started, Beginning Aug I, 1984, a senior high school student shall be eligible to participate in district extra-curricular activities only if he or she is passing four courses.” Currently, the eligibility requirement at CISD is passing grades in three courses The four-course requirement is now under University Interscholastic league consideration, and most likely will be imposed soon. But that wasn't the problem. The policy’s second paragraph was...“A student participating in golf, tennis, and literary-acadenuc competitions is restricted to eight invitational meets (excluding the district, regional, area and state meets) and to limit the school absences to no more than any portion of IO school days. (Any combination of activities cannot exceed any portion of IO school days.)” CISD patrons in the audience wanted to know what that meant Ron Travis said the policy would in effect “cheat students.” Carter Casteel wanted to know how students could plan for illness, or a broken leg in preparing a competition schedule from beginning to end (rf a school year. “You’re in effect making a student decide at the beginning of the year if he’s good enough for state,” Travis said. “So he doesn’t go to two meets early in the year, hoping he is good enough for state. It turns out he isn’t, and he could have gone to those two meet! early in the year inatead.” CISD trustees wanted clarification on whether the IO absences included or excluded district, regional, area and state meets like the first part of the policy. CISD trustees wanted clarification on whether the IO absences included or excluded district, regional, area and state meets like the first part of the policy. Supt. Edgar Willhelm said school policy stated a student would not receive credit for a course if he or she had IO absences in that class Canyon High School principal Larry Moehnke added the words, “other than days excused for school-sponsored trips.” “Then these meets would be school-sponsored trips?,” Casteel asked. The answer she got was as confusing as the policy. “I have a UIL study that shows students taking golf and tennis are out of class the most, by far,” Willhelm said. “They miss the same classes You miss 30 hours of the same class, and that’s a lot of instruction.” “We’re not trying to cheat kids,” trustee Jim Rector said. “Our intention is to place some kind of limit on this.” The board ended the discussion by asking Willhelm to clarify the policy before its second reading in January. Hie policy must be read three times before it can be approved. See CURRICULUM, Page UA Inside Cheer Fund We received an anonymous donation of $5 and a sack of groceries from J .P. Groves to add to our Cheer Fund Tuesday. Our balance is now $1,725.76, and that total does not include donated food. As mentioned previously, this is our second year to hold the Cheer Fund drive. The Hertl&Zeitung's goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families — families who might not have one without your help. You can bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S. Casted during regular business hours:    8:36-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mail a monetary contribution to Post Office Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. If you would like to donate food but can’t bring it by, Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can call him at 625-0144. 13-4A Team Named Six players from District 13-4A runner-up New Braunfels and four from third-place Canyon made the all-district team released this week. Unicorns lineman Tim Doty made the team on offense and defense to lead the selections. Sports. Pape SA. Today's Weather The weatherman is calling for cooler temperatures through Thursday. Today will be partly cloudy and cool today with northern winds at IO mph. Clear and cold tonight with temperatures around the freezing mark, with fair skies on Thursday. Light winds predicted for tonight and Thursday. Sunset tonight will be at 5:34 p.m. with sunrise Thursday at 7:11 a.m. Highs today and Thursday will be near 60 degrees. CLASSIFIED............2-4C COMICS................2D CROSSWORD............2D DEAR ABBY..............78 DEATHS...............12A ENTERTAINMENT........1-2C HOROSCOPE. ..........12A KALEIDOSCOPE.........1*8 OPINIONS...............4A SPORTS..............HOA STOCKS...............12A WEATHER.......,........SA TV LISTINGS.............20 Hill Country Inn sued by victims of May robbery By DYANNEFRY Staff writer Five victims of a May 22 robbery at the Hill Country Inn are suing the hotel, along with one of the accused robbers, for damages incurred in tile incident. Floyd Jackson trooper, Debra Looper, Bryan laioper, Melissa Hunter and Kathy Boone filed suit earlier this month in Comal County 's 274th District Court Defendants named were Hill Country Properties, owner of the New Braunfels hotel; and Kenneth Woodson, one of four men indicted in connection with the robbery. Woodson was served notice at the Nueces County Jail, where he is now awaiting re-trial for the murder of a Corpus Christi hotel guest in June. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in his first trial, held last week Hill Country agent l^ee W Taverner of Fredericksburg was served on behalf of the hotel, and could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The suit charges Hill Country Properties with “failing to ascertain the soundness and strength of the door-locking device” to protect its guests The robbers gained entry to the plaintiffs’ hotel room by kicking in the door at approximately 3:15 a m Victims in two adjacent rooms were ordered at gun point to cover their heads with bed sheets while the intruders took their money and valuables The loopers say in their suit that at least one of the guests suffered physical injury The looper suit requests an unspecified amount of damages for injury, mental anguish, loss of property and loss of income suffered in the robbery. ;

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