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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas hit on womb le om 3 6 New Braunfels Herald Ntw Texas Volume 14 16 Pages THURSDAY January 25 Cants USPS 377880 Generals death ruled a suicide SAN ANTONIO AP A twostar Army Reserve general had com mitted suicide when he was found hanged at Fort Sam Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent DiMaio ruled Robert was found bound and hanged from a secondstory A typewritten note pinned to his sweater said the general had been sentenced and executed for crimes by the Army against the people of the A handwritten note found on Ownbys desk said he apparently had startled some in truders and was going to The notes initially led some to believe terrorism or murder was But Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent DiMaio ruled today it was a Its not a There is ab solutely no doubt in my DiMaio said at a news at the scene of a number of possible death scenarios show that the circumstances of the death were consistent with Ownbys hands had been tied tightly behind his back with a military web and a rope noose was looped around his But there were no signs of violence at the scene and his body bore no marks or The medical examiner said Ownby brought the typewritten note to the put the noose around his slipped his hands through a looped belt and tightened lowered the rope over the straddled the railing and just sort of slipped He said Ownby killed himself for financial but would not Asked what led him to suspect DiMaio Its the whole amalgamation of things the phones were there was no evidence of forced entry you cant point to one He said Ownby had access to the typewriter on which the note was which was located behind locked He would say only that the typewriter was not in Ownbys home or at reserve headquarters and that imperfections in the type con vinced investigators it was the machine on which the note was See Page 16 Contract controversy Willhelm extension upsets CISD group By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer It looks like Comal ISO might be in for another storm over a twoyear contract extension given to Edgar Willhelm Tuesday Its not over til its and to me its not were the words of Concerned Taxpayers spokeswoman Carter who was disap disillusioned and vocal Wednesday over the We wrote a letter to the board and Willhelm asking to inform the group when it came time to reconsider his she holding a copy of the letter in her The letter was dated but she never received any The same people never responded to her first dated even though a paragraph warned the let ters contents would be made public if a reply never came Its a different ballgame Casteel The Advisory Com mittee asked us to sit cool off See Page 16 Elroy Friesenhahn inspects the fire damage Staff photo by John Senter Furnace blamed for fire By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Fire Marshall Elroy Friesenhahn said it was carpet laid too close to a floor furnace that caused a Thursday morning house fire at 880 The house was owned by local businessman Andy and some of his family members had reportedly just moved Friesenhahn said they discovered the fire shortly after arising this they noticed the electricity was Then they opened the bedroom and were assailed by Firefighters were called in at The fire started at the floor furnace Friesenhahn said that carpet had been laid directly under the edges of the and that it may have smouldered for hours before the fire went under the came up through the water heater closet and spread into the Three firefighting units reported to the and were relieved by the next shift at 7 The trucks didnt get back to the station until almost Damage to the house was estimated between to but the residents escaped without Friesenhahn issued a general warning to everyone who has a floor furnace to make sure there are no combustibles in the immediate He said the carpet under this vent had been there for and might have caught fire at any Grand Jury indicts woman for shooting husband By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer A New Braunfels woman who allegedly shot her husband last October was among 22 in dividuals indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury Lien Thi Carley of 1290 Mary Preiss was charged with attempted murder on but indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Her Wesley Carley was treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital for a bullet wound to the right side of his abdomen following the A Sheriffs Office report indicated an argument between the two started in the couples living A deputy said the woman chased her husband around the firing four Then he broke a window to she went outside and shot him as he crawled out the Sheriffs Gilbert Villarreal said she fired two shots into the house while she was but only one bullet hit the Also indicted Wednesday was Julie Strid Thompson of 1254 Highway 81 East on forgery by possession and forgery by Thompson was found guilty by a County jury of forging her father inlaws signature on the back of an cashed at on April She elected for the judge to decide her punishment after the guilty and 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer said he would set her punishment He then postponed any decision by 90 days to allow Thompson to attend a drug rehabilitation Thompsons indictment Wednesday in volved a check written on 14 to Liquor signed by Millicent Lane on a Guaranty State Bank Another indictment Wednesday involved a Guaranty State Bank closed out just hours before a New Braunfels woman went on a shopping spree on Sundra Pearson of 935 Interstate 35 was indicted for theft over and less than by the Grand Police Felix Roque said Pearson closed out her account and reported her checks A store owner who called the bank to okay a check was told by the bank that the check might be a and police were alerted to Pearsons physical She was later arrested for felony Six men were indicted Wednesday for Driving While Intoxicated subsequent of They were Jimmy Allen Ray of Route Box Bandera Frank John Reese of 330 Ritty Hawk Universal City Gregory Addison of 351 North Gilberto Nanez Alejos of 267 West End Ray Gutierrez of 101 Crockett Court and Gary Dane Faour of 1111 Eagle Enhanced indictments were returned against Mario Gutierrez Martinez for bail jumping and burglary of a habitation with commission of aggravated Gutierrez is currently in jail in The burglary of a nonhabitation indictment against Robert Arzola of 1135 Ruiz San Antonio was also Richard Lynn Underwood of 2518 Dallas Rafael Gutierrez of 1111 Charco Rio Grande Sidney Eugene Miller of 908 and Kenneth Alan Alexander of 940 Wood Road were each indicted for delivery of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana with intent to All four indictments involved a 10 with a Department of Public Safety narcotics officer listed as a A New Braunfels indicted for an unrelated possession of cocaine has not been arrested as well as a San Marcos man indicted twice for bail Others indicted were Robert Thomas Worley of 123 Clay well San possession of a prohibited weapon Edward Charles Hendershot of 564 Wards Corner for credit card abuse Mario Valadez of 460 burglary of a Thomas Howard Whitby of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and George Ayala of 4014 San burglary of a non Keeping Mother Nature happy Developer handling trees with care on Holzapfel property The trunk of this cedar tree is plenty as Bobbie Landrum demonstrates Staff photo by Dyanne Fry Residents of Garden Ridges newest neighborhood will be walking in the tracks of a man who built his home of stones he dug up squeezed juice from wild grapes and minded trees as though they were A rancher who lived in solitary self sufficiency for 45 and left his estate to Boysville when he died in Eduard Holzapfel is a tough act to But developer Ben Barranco figures theres more than one way to cut a He planned his new Forest around the natural features of Holzapfels old had started to harvest the and he had also pretty well defined the swamp said The created by the intermittent trickle of Browns is being turned into two small Streets were when in areas that Holzapfel had already And when Barranco cant find some way around a nice he just moves His company moved 29 trees last with Scientist on Jones jury the help of Henry Ramirez Landscaping Service of San The biggest one had a trunk diameter of 18 and many were between 40 and 50 feet We balled up and moved trees that everyone said we couldnt the developer We well go ahead and give it a and if it doesnt we Some trees were moved to less wooded Others were replanted in the street or around the shores of the planned As of this We havent lost a Barranco Last Ramirez moved 15 more goodsized oaks to make room for the subdivisions back en which will connect Forest Waters Circle with Bat Cave We have delayed doing it until this time of said Bobbie who works in the Forest Waters field Winter is the best time to move Barranco said this years extra cold temperatures make it that much because the oaks are about as dormant as theyre Inside going to The landscape company dug a deep trench around each then used heavy equipment to heave it out of the The burlapwrapped root balls measured six feet across or These are trees that Holzapfel spent years babying and said But theyd look like saplings next to some of the trees that Barranco didnt An ancient trunk weathered almost to dominates one section of the forest with all the gnarled dignity of a giant Its trunk diameter of two nine inches makes it one of the biggest things around In Landrum said Holzapfel had applied to have it listed in the Texas Big Tree This was one of his very favorite she Barranco platted the subdivision so that the giant evergreen sits near the back corner of one See Page II GEORGETOWN AP Eleven parents and a microbiologist who spent five years testing intravenous solutions will decide whether Genene Jones is an innocent defendant or a nurse who used her skills to kill a Chelsea a 15monthold Kerrville died in September 1982 during a frantic ambulance Prosecutors say killed the girl with a powerful muscle Testimony was to begin and the infants grandmother and great grandmother planned to be in the cour Robin Alexander of the girls Ive always felt like I had to be Im no good sitting in the house Hester Turner of a 72year old greatgrandmother of predicted the trial would be an emotional roller coaster for Its like a wound that you keep opening and pouring salt she said of the death of her The fiveman jury was sworn in Wednesday at the end of three days of jury All have except for the The case could hinge on the testimony of a Swedish scientist who developed a test he said can detect the drug Jones allegedly injected into the McClellan Througout the jury attorneys on both sides asked potential jurors about their knowledge of and whether they had relatives in State District Judge John Carter asked reporters not to use jurors He We are not a big city and iden Page W Todays Weather Increasing cloudiness this with a high in the upper30s and winds from the nor theast near 10 Tonight will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of freezing drizzle or and winds continuing from the Friday will be windy and with a high near 30 and a 50 percent chance of sleet or Funny Man Washingtons John Riggins appeared at a pre Super Bowl press conference Wednesday in a paratroopers outfit and jumped right in the middle of CANYON DEAR W 16 WEATHER 2
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