New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 2, 1985, Page 5

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 2, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, October 2, 1985 More evidence is found Page 5A NB Middle School cheerleaders LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG The New Braunfels Middle School cheerleaders for the 1985 86 school year are: front row, Elise Brumbelow and Shay Johnson; second row, Tami Herring, Nicci Tomas and Janna Sidel; and back Jacque Coley and Tracy Spencer. Testimony says patient not fed SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Nursing home patient Elnora Breed suffered bedsores so severe that the tissue was dying, a nursing consultant has testified in a murder trial for the Autumn Hills Convalescent Center Inc. and five of its employees. Dolores Alford of Dallas, a gerontological nursing consultant, also said nursing home records showed the 87-year-old Mrs. Breed State Fair opens Thursday DALLAS (AP) With the theme “Something New For You,” the Texas State Fair airns to fulfill its promise with one of it highlights being the recently-built 212-foot “Texas Star” ferris wheel. The ride is expected to be one of the tallest ferris wheels in North America standing as high as a 20-story building , fair officials said. More than 15,000 red, white and blue light bulbs will Ire attached to the framework fo the wheel for a computerized light bulb. The 1985 Texas State Fair begins Thursday at noon and runs through Oct. 20 Also added to tins year’s agenda is the Great American High Dive Team giving several performances each day at a specially-built diving platform and pool near one of the gates. "Starship 3," a helicopter acrobatic act also will perform daily and a touring company of the Broadway hit musical “42nd Street” will perform at the Fair Park Music Hall. But the new acts won’t edge out the traditional entertainment the Texas State Fair has offered for years. Fair goers can look forward to evening parades, and outdoor ice show, a three-ring circus, fireworks displays, Midway rides and exhibits. Dolores Gray and Barry Nelson will star in the Broadway hit “42nd Street,” based on the extravagant movie musicals of the Depression era. The touring company will perform Get. 1-20. The annual State Fair Rodeo is set to run Oct. 18-20 with two shows daily, and will draw top competitors from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tour. And of course the Rumrunning event that bringing a deluge of college students to the fair grounds. The Texas longhorns will once again meet the Oklahoma Sooners at the Cotton Bowl Oct. 12 while Grambling and Prarie View clash Oct. 5. Looking for a pet? Herald Classified Pets and supplies was given no food, water or medication during her first day and a half at the Autumn Hills nursing home in Texas City. Ms. Alford’s testimony came Tuesday, the second day of testimony in the trial. The nursing home corporation and five of its current and former employees are accused of murder by neglect in the Nov. 20, 1978, death of Mrs. Breed. The 87-year-old woman died 47 days after she was admitted to an Autumn Hills facility. “Did you find in the records that any food, water or any medication was given during the first one or two days?” assistant attorney general David Marks asked. ‘‘She could not have received anything because her naso-gastric tulle was out. It wasn’t replaced until a day and a half later (after admission I,” Ms. Alford said. Using a mannequin in a hospital bod, the consultant earlier testified the tube is inserted through the nose to provide food, water and medication to weak patients who have a loss of appetite. “Would you say they were giving Elnora Breed die care they were supposed to,” Marks asked. "I would definitely say no. They weren’t providing the care,” she replied. Ms. Alford said her review of the nursing home’s medical records indicated Mrs. Breed developed several bedsores, some of which reached advanced stages. She said the records don’t indicate the sores were noticed when they were less serious, or that a doctor was notified about them until nine days before Mrs. Breed’s death. There were numerous notations that the patient was in pain and was given medication for it. ‘‘Hollering out at intervals,” Ms. Alford read from nursing notes. ‘‘Crying out in discomfort. Crying out loudly.” Ms. Alford, who said she has taught nursing for 30 years, said preventing bedsores is a basic part of nursing care. “Pressure sores are preventable 99 and nine-tenths of the time. Rarely are they not preventable,” she said. The nursing consultant said bedridden patients like Mrs. Breed needed to be turned at least every two hours, provided skin and hygienic care to prevent bedsores. Pressure sores, she said, progress in several stages. If a patient develops one, “it means we’ve let the patient down. Ifs an index of patient care.” Ms. Alford also testified records showed Mrs. Breed had no trace of cancer a few months before she entered the nursing home. Defense attorneys have claimed Mrs. Breed had cancer for years and died of the disease after entering the Autumn Hills facility. Ms. Alford also testified hospital records showed Mrs. Breed was improving from a urinary tract infection and dehydration, was frail and undernourished when she entered the nursing home. “No, I wouldn’t say she was terminal," Ms. Alford testified “She was well on her way to recovery." Also charged in the case are Autumn Hills president Robert Gay, 58. vice president Ron Pohlmeyer, 41; nursing consultant Mattie I*ocke, 42; former nursing home administrator Virginia Wilson, 62; and Cassandra Canlas, 31, former director of nursing services. MOVING SALE WATCH FOR OUR NEW LOCATION SPRING OF 1986 SAVE UP TO 50% ON MANY ITEMS ★ SHOP NOW FOR BEST SELECTIONS FOR GIFTS EACH ITEM YELLOW SALE PRICED CLOSING OUT AT THIS LOCATION S0RRY-N0 LAYAWAYS-GIFT WRAP OR ALTERATIONS ★ ALL SALES FINAL □□□mcana SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A blow gun, a knife, scabbard and a switchblade were found in a car police confiscated when they arrested one of two men accused in the Sept 18 extortion slaying of a banker’s wife, authorities say. The items were found in a taxi cab seized when officers arrested John I*aurence Rogers, 31, and I*esley J,ee Gosch, 30, last week. The two men are being held without bond in the Bexar County Jail on charges of capital murder in the slaying of Rebecca Jo Patton. The 42-year-old woman was killed in her home in a fashionable San Antonio neighborhood after she telephoned her husband at his office at Castle Hills National Bank. Mrs. Patton handed the telephone to a man who told Frank Patton Jr., president of the bank, to put together a large amount of money in return for Mrs. Patton’s safety. The alleged extortionist never followed through on obtaining any money. An affidavit filed by Alamo Heights Detective Sgt. Giles Fortson shows an Alamo Heights resident, Virginia Marks, told police she saw a “beat up yellow taxi cab parked on a corner about four blocks from the Patton residence Sept. 16 or 17.” “Mrs. Marks told me that the driver of the vehicle was John Laurence Rogers, whom she recognized from a television news story which she saw on Sept. 25,” Fortson’s affidavit said The affidavit was filed to gain a search warrant for the seized vehicle. The affidavit said another woman, identified as Rogers’ sister, told police she and her husband owned a yellow taxi cab they were selling to Rogers and which he had possession of at the time of the slaying. I he affidavit also said Rogers was arrested in a yellow vehicle matching the description given by Mrs. Marks. In a related development, Rogers’ lawyer claimed his client is innocent. “He didn't kill Becky Patton,” said Allen Lazier, court-appointed attorney for John Rogers. “His defense to capital murder is he didn’t murder anybody,” Lazier said. Randall Keltner, court-appointed attorney for Gosch, said Monday he had not talked to his client. But he said it is possible he will seek a change of venue for a trial. Meanwhile, the family of a man who reportedly fingered Gosch and Rogers in the crime has hired San Antonio attorney Charles Butts. Butts said he was retained to represent Stephen Hurst as a “guide” and as a precautionary measure in case authorities suspect Hurst was involved in the extortion attempt and slaying. Butts said Hurst has told him he was not motivated to come forward because of the $100,000 in reward money that had been offered for information in the case. 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  • Allen Lazier
  • Barry Nelson
  • Becky Patton
  • Charles Butts
  • Curtis Mathes
  • David Marks
  • Dolores Alford
  • Elise Brumbelow
  • Frank Patton Jr.
  • Giles Fortson
  • Gums Mathes
  • Jacque Coley
  • Janna Sidel
  • John Laurence Rogers
  • John Rogers
  • Leslie Kriewaldt
  • Nicci Tomas
  • Randall Keltner
  • Rebecca Jo Patton
  • Robert Gay
  • Ron Pohlmeyer
  • Shay Johnson
  • Stephen Hurst
  • Tami Herring
  • Tracy Spencer
  • Virginia Wilson

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 2, 1985

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