New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 10, 1997, Page 5

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Briefs M» —I ft hi ll—I NM g Wednesday, December 10,1997 Q 5AInmate with three death sentences put to death GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — The court-ordered effort to settle die airport feud between Fort Worth and Dallas hit some turbulence Tuesday, with some predicting the dispute will go to trial. Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk and Fort Worth Mayor Kenneth Barr participated in a closed-door meeting along with airline representatives and lawyers. An executive of Fort Worth-based American Airlines, an intervener in the lawsuit die city filed against Dallas, was uncertain about the case's outcome. “Who knows, when you have lawyers airing legal issues, how long it will take to have them hilly aired or whether simply the courts will have to decide," said Don Carty, president of die Fort Worth-based airline. The city filed suit to block expansion of flights at Dallas Love Field after Congress gave final approval to legislation that eases the restrictions by permitting some direct flights beyond Texas and its four neighboring states. “We have a difference of opinion on how we get to where we want to go in this lawsuit," Kirk said. “But our working relationship is still strong." The 18-year-old federal flight restrictions at Love Field, known as the Wright Amendment, are designed to protect Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport “We’ve been bombarded with a propaganda campaign that says DFW Airport is at risk and that it might shrink," said T. Allan McArtor, chief executive officer of Legend Airlines. The fledgling Dallas-based line wants to fly out of Love Field. Taiataduealion co—Itiionr Vinita PKD DALLAS (AP) — Members of the embattled Dallas school district board got a visit Tuesday from state Education Commissioner Mike Moses. Moses was in Dallas to meet individually with trustees to talk about the months of turmoil in the district Last Friday, district chief financial officer Matthew Harden Junior filed a $10 million civil rights lawsuit against the district Harden, who's black, alleges discrimination and harassment. Superintendent Y vonne Gonzalez resigned earlier this year amid Harden's allegations that she sexually harassed him. She also was accused of embezzlement Ms. Gonzalez pleaded guilty on Oct 15 to federal charges of misapplying thousands of dollars of district money. She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 14. She could receive a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. WACO, Texas (AP) — Crews foamed a former military runway Tuesday for a private plane after the aircraft was diverted from Waco Regional Airport when part of its landing gear failed to deploy. The two Houston area oil company employees aboard the twin-engine plane were not injured in the landing at the Texas State Technical College Airport early Tuesday evening. The plane was diverted to the TSTC field, the former Connolly Air Force Base, with its longer runway Two of three landing gear sections were operational on the craft. Roby lottery orjiniTSf By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Michael Lee Lockhart, an Ohio man who had said for years that he wanted to die, was put to death by prison officials Tuesday night for killing a Beaumont police officer almost IO years ago. Just before the lethal drugs were administered, Lockhart looked through a window to five family members of his murder victims and asked for their forgiveness. “I am deeply sorry. It is my hope my death will give you some kind of comfort," he said. Then, he expressed love and thanks to his friends and family and also thanked prison officials whom he said had treated him kindly. “I am really at peace,’* he said before closing his eyes. As the drugs took effect, he gasped about three times, then lost consciousness. ‘I am deeply sorry. It is my SPAU oJa    eeaSII    JMMAMk nope my twain will give you some kind of comfort.’ — Michael Lee Lockhart Seven minute* later, at 6:24 p.m., he was pronounced dead. As witnesses emerged from the prison, a crowd of some IOO Beaumont police officers standing down the street erupted in cheers, applause and whistles. Lockhart, 37, became the 37th man to die by lethal injection in the state’s death chamber in 1997, adding to the state’s record year for executions. He had been been under death penalties in Texas, Indiana and Florida has said for years he wanted to die. The execution came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court denied I lth-hour requests for a reprieve. The drifter from Toledo, Ohio, once claimed to have killed more than two dozen people around the country. He acknowledged three murders during a five-month spree that began in mid-October 1987 with the torture and mutilation of a 16-year-old girl, Windy Gallagher, at her horne tn Griffith, Ind. Three months later, his next victim was Jennifer Colhouer, 14, of Land O’Lakes, Fla. In both cases, the girls were raped and savagely stabbed, their mutilated bodies discovered in their homes by a family member. Supporting himself with robberies and traveling the country in fancy stolen sports cars, Lockhart on March 22, 1988, gunned down Paul Hulsey Jr. The Beaumont police officer had spotted Lockhart speeding through the southeast Texas city in a stolen red Corvette, then tracked him to a motel where he was spending the night. Hulsey was trying to arrest Lockhart when he was shot three times with a .357-caliber Magnum pistol. He became die first Beaumont officer to die in the line of duty in 68 years. “I don’t feel one ounce of revenge,’’ Hulsey’s father, Paul Sr., said after watching the execution. “I feel relief. But it will never bring back our son." “I don’t have to worry about him getting out," said April Gallagher, whose daughter was killed by Lockhart, and who came from Indiana to see Lockhart die. “Seeing this is to know Michael Lockhart will never be able to do that again." “There’s some relief,” Thomas Colhouer, who also lost a daughter to Lockhart, said after emerging from the death chamber. “We can go ahead and put back our lives but it will never be the same. For IO years my family has suffered.” Houston mayor won’t run for AG post HOUSTON (AP) — Bob Lanier, out of a job beginning in January when his third term as Houston mayor ends, said Tuesday he will not run for Texas attorney general. Lanier had been mentioned as a possible Democratic successor to retiring Attorney General Dan Morales but said he did not have a passion for the office. “When I ran for mayor, there were issues there that I cared passionately about,’’ Lanier told reporters outside his City Hall office. “I simply don’t have a similar passion for that state attorney general’s job." Lanier, with his wife Elyse beside him, said it was highly unlikely that he would run for any elective office again. His statements fueled renewed speculation that he might consider an appointment, perhaps as the United States’ ambassador to Mexico. The 72-ycar-old has met with President Clinton in recent months but has never commented on those discussions. “You know, nobody’s offered me that job," Lanier said. “But I probably better make a decision on that too." Lanier could not seek re-election this year because of term limits. He will be succeeded by Lee Brown, the nation’s former drug czar and a former Houston police chief, who won an election runoff against businessman Rob Mosbacher on Saturday. Since Morales announced Dec. 2 his surprise decision to retire, Lanier had been among several Democrats whose names have surfaced. Former attorney general Jim Mattox, state Rep. Paul Sadler of Henderson and state Sen. John Whitmire of Houston are the others, along with Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Morris Overstreet, who had planned to challenge Morales. It’s our annual Christmas EVBIYTHMG IS ON SALE ST ERNESTO’S 50% OFF Rope and Herringbone Chains % *99 ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Peggy Terry Dickson is battling brain cancer, one year after organizing a lottery pool that netted $46.7 million for 43 people in and around her little town of Roby Mrs. Dickson, 49, teamed the day before Thanksgiving that two weeks of headaches were the result of two tumors. One was surgically removed Dec. 2, the other will be treated with radiation therapy, said her husband. Thomas Dickson. The mother of two and bookkeeper at the Terry Gut in Roby was hated in sable condition Tuesday at Hendrick Medical Center rn Abilene. Several members of last year's lottery pool, 21 of whom are her relatives, have kept vigil at the hospital over the past two weeks. Thomas Dickson said his wife had attributed her severe headaches to the scorn of telephone calls related to their windfall’* first anniversary, which was Thanksgiving Day this year. On Nov. 26, exactly a year after she bought the winning Lotto Texas ticket in nearby Sweetwater, Mn. Dickson underwent a CAT scan on the advice of her local doctor. 20% OFF Bulova, Seiko & Caravelle Watches 35% to 65% OFF. Ion Silver Jewelry HF 14 carat Earrings 25% OFF irthstone Rings 25% OFF J 14 carat Pendants 15% to 25% OFF r IxtMdad Sam I aa -1 pa Starts Thursday, Newton* Quality Selection, Price and Service Suite 520 New Braunfels Marketplace IH 35 Exit 189 625-3203 www.emestos.com Three Republicans have said they are running for attorney general: Railroad Commissioner Barry Williamson, former state GOP chairman Tom Pauken and former Texas Supreme Court Justice John Comyn. In other political developments Tuesday: — State Rep. Pete Laney, speaker of the Texas House for the past five years, wants another term. The Hale Center Democrat filed for re-election Tuesday. A fanner, Laney has served in the House since 1973. He was elected the chamber’s 71st speaker in 1993, retaining the post in the 1995 session and this year. — Railroad Commissioner Carole Keeton Rylander, a Republican, filed as a candidate for state comptroller. 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