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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Games torch lights way to 8 New Braunfels 142 New Braunfels Herald Publishing 707 Landa New Braunfels Zeituno Texas 78130 USPS 377800 Thursday July 1987 25 Cents One 14 Pages NB man kills commits suicide Juan De Dios the eight yearold boy who was one of two children struck by a car July 17 on San Antonio needs your Juans family doesnt have a lot of money and the boy Is hurt pretty He is admitted to Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital intensive care unit and is In serious The Juan De Dios Mendoza Fund is at First Federal Savings and Loan Association and any spare change would be A benefit car wash for Jo Ann the 21yearold New Braunfelser who suffers from a rare form of bone will be from 9 to 4 Saturday at WalMart Auto Center off JoAnns mother works for WalMart and the event is sponsored by an employees Cost is per maybe more if you drive a big van or Several area pizza parlours are offering free food for volunteers working for the Navy Chief Can a New Braunfels is the son of Charles Smith and Pearly Sowell of New is the nesvspaper editor for the Department of the Navys public affairs office at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Smith is responsible orputting out that bases if you trying to keep morale high in a place surrounded by Soviet subs and Cuban troops and which is not your Garys got a heck of a job by the wcs leased from Cuba in 1903 as a coai supply station A 1931 treaty gave the U S a perpetual lease on the place that can be voided only by mutual agreement of Cuba and the V S oi A Given our relationship with Fidel you can imagine how popular our lease is with the Cuban regime Gretchen Mitchell is retiring from her leaching job with McKenna Memorial Hospitals licensed voca tional nursing She will be missed All graduates are asked to attend a retirement party from to August in the classroom across from hospital Partly cloudy skies will hover today with a 40 percent chance of rain and a high in themid 90s Winds will be near 10 Tonight will be fair with skies becoming mostly cloudy toward Lows will drop to the mid 70s and winds will be light and from the Friday will be partly cloudy with a 20 per cent chance of afternoon showers and a high in the mid mWinds will be from the southeast at 10 The Itemi JO UUIOOSCOfC Ray Sledge allegedly faced eviction when he shot and killed Helen Kitted and wounded her son before turning a 3030 rifle on himself Wednesday Funeral home attendants remove the body of 57yearold Helen Kittell from her home on Hlllcrest Street after an apparent murder suicide Photo by Dery Clark ByDAVIDMAY and JOHN KASTNER Staff Writers A man went beserk Wednesday evening at a northside kili ing his commomlaw wife and woun ding her son before taking his own life after reportedly having been ask ed to move Another man and the slain womans two ages 2 and were inside the house located at 1118 Hillcrest at the time of the shooting but were not Dead at the scene was Helen Kit according to owned the posh brick home located in the Rivercrest subdivision on the banks of the Guadalupe She also owned and operated The Lollipop Store at 125 Castell Listed this morning in stable condi tion at McKenna Memorial Hospital is Patrick whose address was also given as the Hillcrest Both were shot once in the Police found the woman face down on the back She was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Harold Also dead at the scene was a man identified by friends and neighbors as her commonlaw husband Ray Police were witholding the mans name pending notification of next of He was about 63 years according to described as a retired oil businessman who reportedly lived with the woman there about four became enraged when asked to leave and shot the woman and son with a 3030 caliber He then shot himself once in the head and was found in the den area of the Police detective Felix Roque was unable to confirm any relation ship between Sledge and As far as I know he was paying for a room and was facing he See Page 2 a T Efiiriicr signed and in held at over available where alcobrretaWSwvinf Wtroo aXveWete Company j alcoholic beverage how to specifically Identify abuse and intervene the publicin 4u Ie hospice agree to share re i m bu rse m en t ByJIMWEBRE Staff Writer A cooperative agreement between McKenna Memorial Hospital and Hospice New Braunfels could mean dying patients who must enter the hospital for treatment can be afforded the services of the hospice as well on a cost effective McKennas board of directors Wednesday approved a recommendation by Administrator Johnnie Johnson that the hospital agree to accept dying patients under a con tract with the federal government that pays from less than to more than a day for respite and more thorough nursing Johnson said hospice nurses and aides will be able to come into McKenna to serve hospice patients and the nonprofit hospice can be reimbursed for their Were extremely grateful that the board has agreed to entti this contract with said Opal hospice The agreement means the hospital will receive the biggest part of the federal reim bursement and the hospice will recover the cost of the We are just delighted and pleased the hospital is conti nuing to support the It will mean we will have a Medicare hospice said Sharon adding the designation will help the hospice stay viable finan cially and provide a better level of care for The most important part of this is that our patients will be afforded inhospital medical care in a way they might have been able to Umpierre Theres a circus in town Testing of nonemergency surgery patients and possibly other patients for acquired immune deficiency syndrome AIDS may begin if medical staff and hospital administration can arrive at a specific Tom Brever told the board that McKenna Memorial has a very low incidence of post operative in but the issue of testing for the fatal and so far in curable disease still warrants Brever said fewer than two in 100 patients undergoing surgery in McKenna contract an infection of any sort dur ing their stay in the The average for post operative infections statewide is six to seven of every 100 Brever Brever said after the meeting that physicians routinely test for such diseases as syphilis and other infectious but the presence of the AIDS antibody in so meones bloodstream can subject the patient to accusa tions of homosexuality or other lifestyle characteristics that often are not He said the issue is under advise ment of the medical staff and a proposed policy is ex The board also approved as formal policy a high risk management program intended to mitigate insurance losses and provide oversight of the hospitals general operation insofar as safety and Indigent patient reimbursements to the hospital from County of Comal total about The county has told the hospital that it has certified 56 individuals as indigent See Page 2 By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer The Plunkett family has been in the circus business for five genera from the days of wild west through the advent of televi to the current revival of the oldfashioned traveling Now the family is in New Braunfels with its Olde Tyme American Jeff a member of the fourth generation of PlunKett said the small with a handful of performers and a few trucks full of captures the excitement and fun of the circuses that were once an in tegral part of American Its been a tradition with us for five he while his father Corkey Plunkett instructed a crew of men on how to raise the enormous or big Jeff Plunkett remembered stories of how his greatgrandfather had perform ed and traveled with Buffalo Bills Wild West The mans grand father had traveled Texas and much of the country as a Vaudeville per former and his father spent 40 years working with Now a fifth generation of Plunkett 4n ifmonthpJd African elephant scratches his nose while Wilting for showtime at the Plunkett Old Tyme Fimily Circus going on at Courtyard Shopping Photo by Peryl Clark circus performers is learning the so to Corkey Plunkett said one of his grandchildren is a highwire performer but plans to at tend college before running off to join the family Corkey Plunkett works with the animals and currently is training two young l was a cat I caught people on my shoulders after they the older Plunkett said about his circus After rearing a family of circus performers the man joined his James and Jeff in forming the Old Tyme American Circus which will be at the Cour tyard Shopping Center in New Braunfels through Per formances will be at 6 and 8 today through Saturday with an extra noon performance Satur Tickets for children are free at businesses in the shopping Its little but its Corkey Plunkett said while watching over his two newest 18 monthold elephants from The small circus travels April through Thanksgiving from its home base in near The reaj old time thats what we try to dp with ijg a real kids thing out Corkey Plwakett Jeff who has buen m fermtag since age plays i slows has been a irompel for i m grew up
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