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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG 150 53 16 pages in 2 sections January 2001 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents ESCAPE CHRONOLOGY This is a chronology of the hours leading up to the escape of seven heavily armed inmates from the Connally Unit in South Texas on Six inmates decide to skip lunch in the prison mess hall and remain in the maintenance shop to eat food theyve bought in the prison com They also volunteer to wax the Most of the prison guards leave so they wont be in the A maintenance supervisor is struck in the and is bound and He is placed in the electrical The guards clothes are to about 1 Inmate Michael Rodriguez goes into the prison telling guards he has been assigned to pick up In he is a Back in the maintenance which is out of sight of any guard 10 employ ees and three inmates returning from lunch are They are held hostage in the shops electrical Clothes and boots are taken from some of George who is believed to be the con structs a plywood and cardboard shel ter in the bed of a prison pickup Calls likely were made to someone outside the prison to deliver getaway cars to a WalMart in Inside the electrical the hostages barri cade the door to prevent reentry by the The prisons time for its usual security A guard calls the maintenance department and asks to speak with a An offend er impersonates a supervisor and advises all inmates are accounted A call to the tower to tell guards a crew would be coming over shortly to install a video surveillance alarms go off in the maintenance A guard calls but gets no He sends no one to inmates in civilian clothing and others take a prison utility cart from the shop to the rear A guard on the ground is locked in the guard shack bathroom and then inmates yell up to the tower guard that they need to come up to install a new He is overpowered and the towers weapons are The three remaining inmates back in the maintenance shop are called and told it is safe to drive the pickup to the guard tower and load it with Inmates leave the Minutes the tower guard frees himself and alerts 2 The prison truck is found abandoned at the WalMart in Source Texas Department ofCriminal Justice serious incident review JOSEPH GARCIA RANDY LARRY PATRICK DONALD GEORGE HALPRIN HARPER MURPHY NEWBURY RIVAS MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ The system has failed State report details prison escape that has Texas on edge JESSIE Department of Public Safety Trooper Vaughan Pack of New Braunfels has the photos of the seven prison escapees mounted on his Lawmen around the state and country are on the watch for the seven BY KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP Seven escapees from a South Texas prison methodically over powered prison employees over a 2 hour tying them taking their clothes and chiving away unchallenged in a prison according to a report released Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials blamed employees mistakes for allowing the convicts to execute their wellplanned 13 escape from the maximumsecurity Connally The system has said Gary director of the TDCJ institu tional It is our responsibility to discover how and why this tragedy The gang is charged in the Christmas Eve murder of an Irving police officer and remains on the The report made several recommen including reviewing policies gov erning inmate movement revising gate procedures to more specifically address identification rules and ensuring that vehicles are inside the prison compound only as long as necessary for a specific Some prison employees may face dis ciplinary including Johnson Tim warden of the prison 60 miles southeast of San also may be addressing TDCJ board mem explained the breakout this way The escape took place from to much of it during the quiet lunch In the group overpow ered 13 prison The gang began its escape in the main tenance where six of the felons The seventh joined some how making his way undetected from the prison law library to the maintenance See County bills get senators support Wentworth legislation to boost county authority BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer State Senator Jeff Wentworth will sponsor legis lation to give counties like Comal County more authority to draft 2 Comal County Commissioner Jay Millikin said Thursday that Wentworth agreed to pursue a pair of bills that Comal County officials long have hoped to Officials of the various entities that make up the Alamo Area Council of Governments learned of Wentworths support on Mon Millikin told Comal com missioners Joe Wentworths deputy chief of confirmed Thursday afternoon that staffers were drafting the bills for the Wentworth was a Bexar County commissioner from 1976 to He said the experience made him realize why counties should have such They need and they have for years and Ive been supportive of their Wentworth I know from my experience that county commis sioners get calls every day from voters requesting things they cant do anything In the last Wentworth he secured passage of a bill he sponsored giving counties in pri ority groundwater management districts the author ity to make water availability a condition of plat That authority enabled Comal County in Decem ber to pass subdivision rules that enact that author ity Wentworth hopes to go a step Were going to try to get both of them the senator said of the bills now being prepared by his One of the bills would grant with local option or local voter approval authority for county gov ernments to write ordinances much like municipal ities WENTWORTH River activities panel rallies behind wristband system BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A river use fee and wristband system could be the flagships of a list of recom mendations the river activities committee would presenjt to New Braunfels city council in less than two Committee members agreed that some version of a river use fee should be charged to They dropped the idea of an exit fee for a wristband Tube rental businesses would buy wristbands from the city and then collect the fee money from their Anyone who rents a raft or kayak would have to pay the fee and wear a wristband to prove I think a river use fee is much better than a river exit because everybody will pay the chairman Kevin Webb But he said he wanted the committee to look at balancing the weight of the fee on all the businesses that benefit from tourist What Im interested in is the most fair way to do this to where not just the last businesses involved pays the Webb Committee member Rodney a local said that sometimes the nature of a business required special fee We know a lot about Fischer My issue is this Year after year we have environmental we have to double wall and triple pay environ mental My point sometimes for the nature of what your business a cost of us doing business in the and if you dont want to pay you have to get out of the But one of the problems with the wrist band system is that no other businesses are Webb He said less than 10 percent of his companys business was from the non rental That meant his business paid the fee to take care of trash and rowdy behavior on the river that other businesses had a hand Webb Ive paid the fee for the river user to do that whole Webb See Hill Country author sharing more ghostly tales JESSIE Hill Country writer Bert Wall has just pub lished his latest Ghostly Chills The Devils Backbone BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Somewhere in the Devils Backbone author Bert Wall is unpacking a shipment of his latest Ghostly Chills The Devils Backbone He will sign copies of the book from 4 to 7 today at the Round Up 12815 FarmtoMarket Devils Backbone is the fourmile forma tion that juts across the landscape along Highway 32 between San Marcos and After spending a lifetime fascinated by the Wall decided to pass on some of those Its not too much different from the BOOK SIGNING Bert Wall will sign copies of Ghostly Chills The Devils Backbone 2 from 4 to 7 today at the RoundUp 12815 FarmtoMarket Road Wall Most of the stories are still about and around the Devils We do have one story that brings the Wimberley area into but its still in the Texas Hill Wall said he liked tp pluck fresh stories from the mouths of new acquaintances and to pull old favorites from Already working on his third Wall is talking to a producer who might use his stories for a cable television As a you kind of shy away from it because you want to Wall But Ive been around it so if they need Im There are not to many of those pipe smoking writers It doesnt and the ascot gets eaten up by moths because you cant pay your Book signing events give him a chance to meet people and say hello to I enjoy Wall And quite Ill have people bring me stories in the middle of a INSIDE Key Code 76
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