New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 19, 1985, Page 3

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 19, 1985

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Bond decision is awaited Briefly AUSTIN (AP) — A federal magistrate who is deciding whether to grant bail has heard sharply different descriptions of a San Marcos man accused of stashing a bomb on an airliner carrying his wife and three children. Arguing against granting bail for Albert Lee Thielman, a prosecutor Wednesday described him as a cold-blooded plotter intent on killing his family and 150 innocent people to collect more than $2 million in life insurance benefits. “He has shown his willingness to kill people ... not only his family but innocent bystanders. Apparently, life doesn’t mean a whole lot to the defendant,” assistant U.S. Attorney Jim DeAtley told a bond hearing. But Thielman’s lawyer, Rip Collins, argued that Thielman should be granted bail because he was “a model citizen on the face of this earth for the first 34 years of his life.” And a longtime friend said Thielman as so nonviolent, “I bet he’s never had a fist fight in his life.” U.S. Magistrate Philip Sanders said he would await results of a psychiatric examination before ruling on the request to set bond at no more than $150,000. He indicated a decision could be made today. Thielman, 34, is accused of putting a bomb in his wife’s luggage before an Oct. 30 American Airlines flight from Austin to Dallas. The bomb exploded after the plane landed, and there were no injuries among the 154 people aboard. Longtime friend Drake Bellomy of San Antonio said he would provide money for Thielman’s bail and assure his return to court to face the charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Thielman has been held without bond since his arrest in Las Vegas on Dec. 7. After FBI agent James R. Echols described Thielman as burdened by debts from gambling, drugs and infidelity, DeAtley told the judge, “Thielman owes allegience to no one, your honor. Absolutely no one.” DeAtley said prosecutors believe that if released from the federal prison at Bastrop, he would flee. DeAtley also voiced fears that releasing Thielman might endanger Mrs Thielman, a key prosecution witness. “The defendant poses a serious risk that he will obstruct justice. He could potentially threaten and intimidate witnesses ... his own family,” DeAtley said. “The government is just absolutely convinced that if this defendant is out — then he’s gone.” Thielman’s lawyer countered that Thielman had a return ticket to Austin when arrested at the Las Vegas airport. He was planning to return voluntarily, Collins said. Bellomy, a San Antonio homebuilder who said he has known Thielman for more than ll years and is willing to post his bond, said his friend has never been violent. Bellomy said the two had been business partners and friends since 1974. Although they once used cocaine, Bellomy said he hasn’t used drugs since becoming a Christian in 1975. Study approved for electronic leash AUSTIN (AP) - State officials are looking over some electronic devices that other states have used to cut down prison populations and keep a close watch on probationers. The Criminal Justice Policy Council voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate the radio beam sensors that some call “electronic jails” or “leashes.” The council, headed by Gov. Mark White, also approved a study to determine if money spent on crime prevention could cut down on prison construction. “We want this study to show if it is better to spend $500 million to prevent crime in the state’s four major cities than it is to build a new four-unit prison,” said White. Sen. Ray Farabee, D-Wichita Falls, said he felt the use of electronic monitoring could accomplish such results. Rep. Tom Waldrop, D-Corsicana, made a motion to look into the “electronic leash” to avoid the expense of building prisons for non-violent prisoners. The report will be made to the 1987 Legislature. Instead of sending some offenders to jail, they would be sent home — fitted with a wristwatch-like bracelet or a device the size of a cigarette package strapped to an ankle. The device sends out a continuous raoio signal that is picked up at the wearer’s home. Periodically, the home receiver would be contacted by a central computer. Any absences of the probationer from home, work or school would be recorded by the computer. “This has been used successfully in Utah and other states,” Ken Couples of a Dallas counsulting company told the council. The devices have also been used in Need a car? Check out Heral^5^R^ 625-9144 Hurald-Zeitung (USPS 377-880) if you have not received your paper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or by 7:30 a m. Sunday, call 625 9144 or 658 1900 by 7 p.m. and 11 a rn., respectively. Published Sunday morning and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon by New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78131. Second class postage paid at New Braunfels Herald Publishing Co., 186 S Casten Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78131. Dave Kramer .... EditorlGen. Mgr. Susan Haire Managing Editor Claude Scruggs.......Publisher Shirlene Thornton . Office Manager Sand) Hurter Asst. Adv. Mgr. Cheryl Brzozowski .... Class. Mgr. Don Avery . . . Circulation Manager Carol Avery . Photocomp Foreman GusElbel........Press    Foreman Patricia Yznaga King . . . City Editor Wanda Lasater Kaleidoscope Editor David King........Sports    Editor Subscription Rates (Includes applicable sales tax) Carrier delivery in Comal, Guadalupe, Hays, Blanco and Kendall Counties: 3 months, $10.78, 6 months, $18.82; one year, $33.64. Mail delivery outside Comal County, In Texas: 3 months $18.92; 6 months, $33.64; one year $63.08, Mail outside Texas: 6 months, $42.00; one year $70.00. Postmaster:    Send address changes to P.O. Drawer 361, New Braunfels, TX 78131. Florida, Oregon and Michigan, he said. The Texas Adult Probation Commission plans to ask the 1987 Legislature to finance a test project on ellectggronic monitoring. Frank Dyson, former police chief in Dallas and Austin, reported as a consultant for the Community Crime Reduction Program. “We are trying to break the crime cycle, stop a crime before it happens,” said Dyson. “I think we are showing that communities can help themselves in lowering the crime rates.” “The most effective crime prevention program is a uniformed officer walking the streets,” said White. “This is even more effective as a crime deterrent than swift apprehension.” Farabee said he felt it was important to stress to communities the comparative costs of crime prevention. “It is a lot cheaper to have uniformed officers on the streets than to finance other aspects of the penal system,” he said. Solons say graduation test is too easy AUSTIN (AP) — Speaker Gib Lewis says a high school junior with whom he talked did not think the recent llth-grade test was much of a challenge “As only a 16-year-old can do, he kind of rolled his eyes over and he said. ‘Daddy, anybody who can’t pass that test is completely, totally illiterate,’” Lewis said the youth told his father, Rep. Charles Evans of Hurst. Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby says he also has the “impression,” based on talks with people who reviewed the exam, that it was too easy. “If the state of Texas is going to administer a test and the student passes that test and is awarded a diploma saying he is a high school graduate — and ifs a sixth-grade test — the state has perpetrated a fraud on that student and that student’s parents who are paying taxes.” Hobby said Wednesday Eighty-four percent of high school juniors passed both the math and English portions of the exam, which is required for graduation. The Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS) is supposed to be a 12th grade level exam. Change in flouride standard is protested by Texas WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas and South Carolina are protesting a planned relaxation of the federal standard for fluoride in drinking water, saying the change still will cost too much Dental authorities from the two states told a hearing panel at the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday that the agency had not figured in the cost of getting rid of excess fluoride removed from drinking water Only 282 water systems out of more than 50.000 nationwide will contain fluoride in concentrations above the proposed 4 parts per million limit. The current rarely enforced limit of I 4 ppm to 2.4 ppm. depending on temperature, affects about 5 percent of all water systems Fluoride in small concentrations protects against cavities in children, and it is often added to water sup plies to yield the optimum I ppm concentration But it also causes discolored, mottled teeth for as many as 3 percent of the children drinking water at I ppm. The EPA has estimated that up to 40 percent of children drinking water at the proposed new limit would show some degree of tooth discoloration Hospital can deny osteopaths NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas may have to change the law banning discrimination against doctors who don’t hold M D degrees in the wake of a 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, a Dallas federal judge says. Patrick E. Higginbotham was among the appeals court judges who agreed Wednesday that a Fort Worth hospital may deny staff privileges to osteopaths even though Texas law forbids discrimination against licensed doctors who don’t hold M D degrees The 11-5 decision by all judges on the 5th circuit reversed rulings in favor of the osteopaths by its own review panel and Fort Worth federal Judge Eldon B Mahon. Paralyzed man wins settlement BEAUMONT (AP) — A 22 year-old Orange man. paralyzed after employees of a defunct Beaumont nightclub assaulted him. has won an out-of-court settlement worth at least $9 9 million, his attorney says Stephen Shugart, a former pipefitter, was injured July 5,1983, and filed suit a month later that alleged he was brutally beaten and had his neck broken at Cardia of Beaumont Inc Shugart claimed that the nightclub’s chief bouncer, Clyde Brown, and three others beat him after a fracas in the club that involved several people Brown and others allegedly followed Shugart out of the club, dragged him back to a small office in the rear of the club and continued to beat him. breaking his neck and causing serious injury to his spina) cord Shugart will get $300,000 immediately and $321,000 annually each Nov I for the rest of his life, said his at tomey, Wayne Reaud of Beaumont In the event of Shugart's death, his beneficiaries are guaranteed payments until the year 2016 Christmas Sale Free Gift Wrapping on all Purchases Over s15°° 12-Color Eyeshadow Compact SPECIAL PURCHASE Christmas Gift Items Now 1/2 Price •All Christmas design kitchen towels •Al Christmas candles, bath rugs, lid covers, centerpieces, wreaths, etc. •All stuffed Teddy bears and toys •All Christmas design crystal platters, dishes, and table cloths $399 Special Purchase Eyeshadow colors in 12 great shades. 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  • Albert Lee Thielman
  • Bill Hobby
  • Carol Avery
  • Charles Evans
  • Cheryl Brzozowski
  • Claude Scruggs
  • Clyde Brown
  • Dave Kramer
  • David King
  • Don Avery
  • Drake Bellomy
  • Eldon B Mahon
  • Frank Dyson
  • Gib Lewis
  • James R. Echols
  • Jim Deatley
  • Ken Couples
  • Lucian Piccard
  • Mark White
  • Patrick E. Higginbotham
  • Philip Sanders
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Ray Farabee
  • Rip Collins
  • Shirlene Thornton
  • Stephen Shugart
  • Susan Haire
  • Tom Waldrop
  • Wanda Lasater

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 19, 1985