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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 10A New Braunfela July Alleged lies settled Ruiz prison reform suit AUSTIN AP State officials were forced to reach a settlement in the Ruiz prison reform lawsuit because Texas Department of Corrections administrators had lied on the witness a former prison board member said In terms of human suffering and waste of tax this has been one of the worst crimes in Texas and no one is being said Harry Whit an Austin lawyer who was not reappointed to the board this year by Mark Whittington spoke to a prison reform group that also saw the new TDC director near tears as he talked about how bad the prisons were when he came to Texas and his plans for Lane McCotter said he and former Director Ray under whom he served as assistant for a often looked at each other and What did we get into But as I look back after con templating where weve been this year I also stand you this morning with a great sense of per sonal pride over the things that we have managed to he taking two long pauses to choke back Whittington was honored Saturday as the Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants leader of the He cautioned the group not to become complacent as a result of apparent progress in state He also told them that the state might have continued to fight the Ruiz reform lawsuit if not for perjury New Orleans man takes deadly leap HOUSTON AP A prominent New Orleans businessman who fell to his death from the 14th floor of a local luxury hotel pleaded guilty three years ago to charges of evading taxes on more than million in police Norman died Thursday of a fractured crushed chest and abdomen and a broken said Betty Paul of the Harris County Medical Examiners which ruled the death a Johnson left a handwritten note propped in his open Paul but police refused to release its Witnesses told police they saw Johnson sitting with his legs hanging over the balcony railing at the Lincoln Park Hotel shortly before he dropped 14 floors Thursday One witness said Johnson reached over and fell while another said he leaned over and let according to a police He landed partly in a flower bed in front of a hotel hotel general manager Adair Chew told the New Orleans A hotel maid was picking up papers about five feet from the spot where Johnson hit the Chew Johnson checked in to the 455room luxury hotel near the Galleria shopping complex on Homicide Brown said investigators were uncertain whether Johnson came to Houston for business According to hotel employees who took the Chew Johnson said he wanted a room on one of the top He was scheduled to check out Wednesday but extended his stay another he who became a multimillionaire in the oilfield pipe supply pleaded guilty in October 1982 to charges of evading taxes on more than million in personal the TimesPicayune He was sentenced in 1983 to 14 months in a minimum security prison and was released after serving less than After his his third divorced him and got custody of the couples son the TimesPicayune He also has five other children from his two previous The Internal Revenue Service seized Johnsons New Orleans mansion and sold it at an auction last year for Storefront sting nets 71 suspects McKINNEY AP Authorities credit a sixmonth sting operation involving a storefront junk shop with hidden cameras that videotaped drug transactions with producing 134 indictments against 71 Collin County Sheriff Terry Box said the crackdown serves notice that McKinney is not an open paradise to drug More than 40 people were arrested and drugs and worth of stolen property was recovered in the first stage of the Collin County crackdown Friday and authorities say they expect more We felt like we had a drug We obviously had a burglary said McKinney Police Chief Ken I just felt like this town was primed for something like this to Police said they confiscated everything from amphetamines and marijuana to and video cassette After four months of undercover state and local officials opened a storefront junk shop in McKinney where officers secretly videotaped transactions allegedly involving drugs and stolen Authorities said about worth of stolen goods were sold to undercover officers at the junk On a Collin County grand jury returned 134 indictments against 71 people after hearing evidence gathered in the sting At 5 60 state and local law enforcement officers began rounding up suspects in Piano and Collin County District Attorney Ownby said that none of those in volved in the roundup were kingpins or involved in major drug traf But he said the arrests cut down on the number of drug sources for a substantial number of Officers also seized a dozen cars allegedly used in narcotics sales during the crackdown Fuzzys Homemade Sausage new location Smoked and dried sausage fresh bratwurst jerky Texas fresh vegetables fresh yard eggs frozen meat Open 11 7 7 days a week 6254962 Football with i whole new Oliver twist 1085 coming in August only in the A new approach to prison security Security road Landscaped outer slope Chicago Tribune Graphic Source Sleeker UBau Amelil during the yearlong Now that the Ruiz case has been settled it can be told without sacrifice to the lawsuit that the prison ad ministrators committed perjury in the federal resulting in millions of dollars of unnecessary expense and years and years of delay in making the reforms which we have now agreed were needed all he Asked later which oficials had he I cant tel you which The record is so oluminous that I Our defense in the law wit was we didnt have any defense to it because we perjured Thats what our lawyers were telling he Whittington said state 1 swyers told the prison board in private that a settlement seemed the only way All Ive heard for several years is we had a weak case and we better settle it because If we go back to trial its going to prove we perjured ourselves in the earlier he Rick Gray of TDCs lawyer in the Ruiz said later Saturday that Whittington was absolutely accurate that significant misstatements were made by state witnesses at the 197879 But Gray said prison overcrowding not perjury was the prime reason the lawyers pushed for a In response to previous similar Whittington the governor has said Whittington should take any evidence of wrongdoing to the ap propriate Among the lies offered at the trial was prison officials denial that in mates were being used as according to That practice has been banned as a result of the Ruiz Gray said it was clear for years that inmateguards were being used while prison officials denied the Mercy kit HOUSTON AP An 82yearold man with a bad heart fatally shot his ailing then killed himself because he was afraid of dying first and leaving her without anyone to care for a neighbor Robert Durkee fired two bullets into the face of Dora his wife of 50 as she slept early said homicide Detective Dale I think he was afraid he would die before she and that nobody would be able to take care of her like he said Margaret who lived next door the couple for more than 20 Police said Durkee called a grandson right after lings Ailing man kills ill then snoots himself he shot his I just shot your now Im going to shoot he said and hung according to The couple was found dead by police about Friday in the master bedroom of their fashionable home in southwest the detective Durkee had shot himself once in the mouth with a Atchetee The deaths were ruled a murdersuicide by the Harris County medical examiners They were so close and I think this is the way they would want Womack 1 know they had to say but actually they just went away Investigators said there was no npte left and they were unsure whether Durkee had planned the shootings with her a retired geologist for a Houston nil learned several years ago that he had a failing neighbors He had suffered three heart they Durkee had suffered for years with arthritis and neighbors His health was not good and hers had gone from bad to She was in pain so much of the Lightning bolt kills 15yearold boy in DeSoto DeSOTO AP A 15yearold boy was killed by lightning in the parking lot of a public swimming pool when he went to roll up his car windows during a sudden The accident happened only minutes after lifeguards had cleared about 50 swimmers from the Moseley Community Swimming Pool and told them to seek police Roderick Williams of Richardson was pronounced dead at a local hospital about an hour after he was struck by a lightning police It just kind of out of the a witness Two ages 12 tjrul were injured slightly by tHe authorities j 1 The girls were a littlt said Vickie a spokeswoman for Methodist Hospital of where the girls were They received the residual amount of shock from the Williams received the brunt of the bigyest DeSoto park officials said a lifeguard and paramedics tried in vain to revive Williams with car diopulmonary V THIS EVENT HAPPENS ONLY ONCE A YEAR WALL TO WALL CLEARANCE ONCE EUERY YEAR EVERYTHING MOST 60 EASY TERMS SOME 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