New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 14, 1985, Page 5

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung November 14, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Number of non-Texans in state decreasesBriefly COLLEGE STATION (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, the number of non-Texans moving in to the Lone Star State is down, a Texas A&M University researcher says. The latest “in-migration” figures are “down considerably” from the 300,000 people who moved to Texas in the first part of this decade, Steve Murdock, professor and head of A&M’s department of rural sociology said Wednesday. Murdock said the latest “in-migration” figures are “down considerably” from the 300,000 people who moved to Texas from other states in the first part of this decade. About 170,000 people moved into Texas from other states during the 1970s, he said. “The state's population is continuing to grow from births and in- migration, but the rate of growth in most places is substantially lower than before,” he said. Harris and Montgomery counties actually had a net loss of residents to other states, “a pattern which has not occurred for at least a decade and a half,” he said. Murdock, using figures from the U.S. Bureau of the Census information, said Houston, Bryan-College Station and Odessa are among the Texas cities experiencing the largest declines in the number of residents moving into their areas. In 1980-82, the rate of immigration to Houston was 8.5 percent, compared to .13 percent in 1982-84. The rate of in-migration to Bryan-College Station dropped from 12.5 percent in 1980-82 to 5.9 percent in 1982-84. Odessa’s rate dropped from 12.7 per cent to 3.6 percent during the same period, he said. “Of the state’s 26 metropolitan statistical areas,” he said, “sixteen showed declines in net in-migration while most of the others had insignificant changes,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the areas showing the most substantial downturns are those dependent on gas and oil.” Among the cities where the number of residents moving in is gaining significantly are: Austin, which had a 6 percent rate of in-migration in 1980-82 and an 8 percent rate in 1982-84; and Waco, with rate of .9 percent iii 1980-82 and 2.7 percent in 1982-84. Amarillo also continues to gain residents from out of state, with a 1.5 percent in-migration rate in 1980-82 and 3 percent for the next two-year period. Former nursing home officer testifies of falsified records SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A former administrator at a Texas City nursing home admitted to her superiors she falsified time cards and other staffing records used for Medicaid reimbursement, the company’s former treasurer has testified. James Wise, former treasurer of Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers Inc., said news of the falsified records surfaced in early 1978 when a state welfare investigator visited a company nursing home in Texas City. The former administrator, Marie Ritchie, telephoned corporate headquarters in Houston about the investigators’ findings. Wise testified Wednesday Wise said he conducted a three-day internal audit and verified “that the nursing home had presented information to the state that workers worked and in reality they didn’t work.” Wise offered the testimony in the murder-by-neglect trial of the corporation and five of its current and former employees. They are charged in the Nov. 20. 1978, death of Elnora Breed. The 87-year-old woman died 47 days after she entered an Autumn Hills facility in Texas City. Indictments against the defendants claim a pattern of neglect existed at the facility and that there was falsification of records there. ”i found there was in fact falsification of time cards (and other staffing recordsi,” Wise said “It was extensive ” Wise said he and Autumn Hills President Robert Gay and vice president Ron Pohlmeyer, both defendants in the trial, then met with Ritchie “She initially took the position that nothing had been done fraudulently,” he said. “But after I showed her several examples. she broke down in tears and admitted she falsified the records,” Wise said. A Galveston County grand jury later investigated the allegations of fraud, but never returned indictments. Ritchie is not a defendant in the current case. Wise also testified corporate officers were given monthly bonuses based on the money they saved the company. The bonuses, handed out in cash at monthly meetings, ranged from $100 to $400. Prosecutors have claimed Autumn Hills nursing homes were understaffed and there was patient neglect lecause the corporate defendants were intent on making a profit. Woman, students resume uneasy co-existence after shooting DALLAS (AP) - It took a shooting, an aggravated assault charge and a week of litigation, but students concede that Betty Minyard Stein made her point: Leave her alone or face the business end of her gun “She got her point across.” said David York, an 18-year old student at Highland Park High School. “She took the law into her own hands and made us more afraid of her ” Jurors sentenced Stein to IO years probation Tuesday for shooting a student who screeched out of a parking spot near her house Stein, 65, says she s been harassed by students for years and she won t hesitate to fight )■ lek And now. students say they plan to steer clear of the eccentric woman who lives in a shrubbery-shrouded house across the street from their school. To make the point even stronger, school officials, worried that she showed little remorse for the July shooting of 18-year-old Ward Huey III, say they have warned students to stay away from her. Stein, who said before her trial she had no regrets about the shooting and would fire at students again, has vowed to appeal her conviction and the $5.(KM) fined it carried The woman said during her trial, too, that she would do whatever was necessary to protect herself “The problem is still there, and something else could happen,” said 16-year-old Amy Arnold, a junior “My mom doesn’t want me to walk out that side of the school. I want to stay away from her.” “I think it's dangerous that she's not going to jail,” said 18-year-old John Wellborn. "It’s unfortunate she’s been harassed, but she shot so meone and then said in court that she’d do it again.” Stein had been plagued by students who taunted her relentlessly and mistreated her pets over the past 30 years, testimony before visiting State District Judge B D Moye show ed Mount Belvieu files suit MONT BELVIEU (AP) - At torneys for this refinery town filed a lawsuit seeking to enjoin industries from storing hydrocarbons in the town’s salt dome and to collect $125 million in damages. Houston attorney Lee Gill said Wednesday he will attempt to com bine the latest lawsuit with one con cerning a 1980 gas leak so he can get an early trial on the latest matter. Mont Belvieu, a Chambers County community of about 1,700 residents. is perched atop a salt dome and about a dozen oil companies store gases used in petrochemical production underneath the town City officials Monday authorized attorneys to sue and take whatever other action is “necessary to protect the public interests of its citizens ” The council approved a suit seek mg at least $25 million in actual damages and $100 in punitive damages Among the defendant companies in the suit is Warren Petroleum Co., a C hevron Corp subsidiary and owner of a Mont Belvieu plant where a series of explosions on Nov 5 left two men dead Chevron officials declined to comment on the litigation. Other companies which use the salt dome include Conoco Inc., Tenneco Inc, Exxon Corp., Diamond Shamrock Corp, Arco Inc., Xral Storage and Terminaling Co., Citco Inc., Texas Eastern Corp and Entex Inc “The ultimate goal of the city is to protect its citizens through whatever means available and recover damages to the city.” attorney John White said “One positive result could be improved safety procedures ” In addition to the city suit, three Mont Belvieu property owners have filed a class action lawsuit against Warren on behalf of all the town’s residents seeking $500 million in damages. A third lawsuit also has been filed by the wife and children of James Howard Hoffman Jr., one of the welders killed during the recent explosion The family, seeking $115 million, claims Warren was negligent in causing Hoffman’s death The Nov 5 blast occurred when an underground pipeline ruptured, spewing ethane, propane, isobutane and gasoline and triggering a series of explosions and a blaze that took firefighter six hours to control. The blast was not the first to rock this community 30 miles northeast of Houston In 1980, about 820 million cubic feet of gases leaked from a Warren underground well, forcing the evacuation of more than 70 families — some for as long as six months Last year, a Dow Chemical Co pipeline ruptured, causing an explosion and fire that destroyed one home and damaged four other buildings Council members met with Gov Mark White in Austin Wednesday to discuss the industrial hazards facing the city and possible solutions White agreed to respond with possible solu turns in todays. Mont Belvieu Mayor Fred Miller Wants the responsible companies to buy out 419 homes and businesses endangered by the storage facility NOW SHOWING Th* Largest Selection of Video Movies and Accessories Take advantage of our Winter Membership Special *14.99 Ends February 28, ^86. Ask about our One-Nite Rentals 50* COUPON Good for 50* off any movie rental at any location. One coupon per visit. Not valid for ’2 for 1’. SEGUIN 526 E Court/372-3511 1005 W Court/372-5700 NEW BRAUNFELS 665 Landa/625-1508 697 S SeQum/625-1113Comptroller says lottery might be a good thing SAN ANTONIO (AP) Texas Comptroller Bob Bullock says a state lottery could prove to be the best method of easing a financial crisis he predicts the Texas treasury will face by 1987 Speaking at a Rotary Club meeting here Wednesday. Bullock said he would not bet on pari-mutuel wagering to bolster state revenues and help meet the ever increasing demand for state services But he did endorse a state lottery, saying could generate “lots of money” when the economic outlook suggests the next Legislature will encounter a tougher budget-cutting process than was experienced this year. During the 1985 legislative session lawmakers faced a $1 billion budget shortfall and were forced to cut spending, raise some fees and triple college tuition A lottery could net Texas as much as $600 million within four years, Bullock said He was supportive of the pro-lottery movement during this years legislative session Public opinion polls have indicated that more Texans favor a state lottery than favor pari mutuel bet ting on horse races. Gov. Mark White has opposed a state lottery, saying it would be a breeding ground for corruptionMissing husband found HOUSTON (AP) — A charred body found in an ex pensive sports car last week has been identified as that of Houston banker Fdward G Baker. Harris County medical examiner's officials said Harry Hall with the medical examiners office said Wednesday that Baker. 52. had been identified through dental records The banker’s charred 1984 Jaguar was found Fridav in far west Harris County Baker founded Vanguard Group Limited, an investment company, in 1977 His wife of six months. Sandy Baker, told reporters Sunday she feared two Miami mobsters ordered her husband executed after they lost about $1 million in a Vanguard investment venture “He told me they were going to kill him,” Mrs Baker, 41, said Houston private detective Clyde Wilson hired by Mrs. Baker, said Baker was trapped in a serious financial bind One of the largest debts he owed was to two Miami investors with reputed underworld connections, he said One of his deals with the men soured, and they lost about $1 million Despite numerous leads, Sgt Earl Bockel said, “I’m afraid we’re still at square one We’ve developed no real suspects at this time ” Investigators also were checking on a second unidentified body found a quarter-mile away from the charred Jaquar carPair held in cocaine seizure CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - Two Colombians are in the Nueces County Jail after U S Border Patrol agents said they found nearly $10 million worth of co caine in a secret compartment in an 18-wheel tractor trailer. U S Magistrate Eduardo De Ases denied bond to Dario Gallego-Ocampo and Jose Ignacio Castrillon-Ocampo. both 37 They are charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute They were arrested at a border patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias about 7 a rn Wednesday after 284 pounds of cocaine were found in a secret compartment in the trailer's sleeper, said Silvestre Reyes, chief of the McAllen border patrol sector Reyes said the men. believed to be cousins, arrived at the checkpoint about 6 a rn Wednesday in the 1982 Peterbilt tractor-trailer He said after a routine check of the vehicle marijuana was found in a glove box and then agents searched the entire rig Border patrol agents in the McAllen sector have seized nearly $11 million worth of narcotics in the past six weeks, compared to $15 8 million during the last fiscal year, said ReyesNewspaper bomber gets 99 years DALLAS < AP) - After a life prison term was ruled improper, a Judge sentenced Marshall DeWayne Williams to 99 years in prison for engineering the newsrack bomb that killed his stepfather U S District Judge A Joe Fish handed Williams that sentence Wednesday after the 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals said Nov 5 that federal law permits life sentences to he imposed only by a trial jury Williams, 22. is eligible for parole after IO years under either sentence. Fish said Ward S Keeton, Williams’ 60-year-old stepfather, was killed in January 1984 near his Dallas apartment when he opened a newsrack containing a bomb Keeton and Williams' mother had separated a few weeks before the murder ‘"Christmas special FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY SWEATERS •SLEEVELESS •BULKY PULL OVERS •CARDIGANS •FASHION COLORS •S. \L L S XL E NTT FIE STOCK MEN S LONG SLEEVE DRESS SHIRTS The Regular PRICE on any shirt in stock SILK TIES •SIZE 14 - 18 NECKS •SLEEVE LENGTH :*2 TO 37 •ALL NAME BRANDS •FIRST QUALITY •SOLID COLORS • STRIPES & PLAIDS •REGULAR & BOTTON DOWN COLLARS •LARGE SELECTION SAVE •VALUES TO $20.OO •SMALL NEAT PATTERNS •100% SILK 2,.. $2500 MENS WEAR 625 3241 204 W. San Antonio New Braunfels ;

  • Amy Arnold
  • Betty Minyard Stein
  • Bob Bullock
  • Clyde Wilson
  • David York
  • Earl Bockel
  • Fred Miller
  • Harry Hall
  • James Howard Hoffman Jr.
  • James Wise
  • John Wellborn
  • John White
  • Lee Gill
  • Marie Ritchie
  • Mark White
  • Mont Belvieu
  • Robert Gay
  • Ron Pohlmeyer
  • Sandy Baker
  • Silvestre Reyes
  • Steve Murdock
  • Ward Huey Iii

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: November 14, 1985

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