New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Corpus Christi rocked by another shooting
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas AP) — A shooting rampage that citied six people and the slaying of gloved Tejano music star Selena las townspeople grieving for the /ictims and for their city.
The barrage of such brutal violence in a four-day span has been numbing to many in Corpus Christi, a usually calm coastal city of about 250,000 people.
“I’ve lived here since 1936 and this is the worst I ever saw or heard of here in Corpus. It’s hard to understand,” said 70-year-old resident Willie Shoemaker.
“We’re saddened by it all,” said Almira Cano, 38, the mother of two boys, ages 8 and 18. “We just can’t believe it.”
Former employee James Simpson, 28, went into the Walter
Rossler Co. about 4:30 p.m. Monday with two handguns and opened fire, killing Five people, including the owner and his wife, police said. Simpson then killed himself.
The carnage came hours after the funeral of Selena Quintanil-la-Perez, a Grammy award-winner who was a superstar of the Tejano music world and appeared poised to break into pop.
All this in a city that experienced 15 homicides in all of last year, though that figure was lower than in some previous years.
Corpus Christi Mayor Mary Rhodes said the violence isn’t unique to her city, but that doesn’t make it any easier to endure.
“It’s just really, really shocking. That kind of violence is rare
here. ... It’s hard to deal with because the response I’m getting from people is, ‘It’s so senseless,’ ” Ms. Rhodes said.
Police Chief Henry Garrett said candidly it’s a sad time for the town.
“I think the city is going to be in shock,” Garrett said. “People are going to be in mourning for a long time.”
The Rev. Morgan Rowsome, a Catholic priest called to comfort the families of the victims in the mass shooting, said he hoped the massacre wasn’t “a copycat” slaying in the wake of Selena’s killing. She was gunned down Friday at a Corpus Christi motel. The woman who founded her fan club has been charged with murder.
Singer’s dad never trusted suspect
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Selena’s tmst in others ultimately took her life, the father of the slain Tejano music queen says.
“All young people are naive about a lot of things. She didn’t realize how popular she was, that there were people out there who could hurt her,” Abraham Quintanilla said Sunday, two days after his daughter was shot dead at a motel.
Quintanilla said he had been suspicious in recent months about Yolanda Saldivar, the woman accused of killing Selena. He said he had warned his daughter of his feelings.
Ms. Saldivar, who founded Selena’s fan club and ran a San Antonio boutique and salon owned by the singer, remained jailed today in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Quintanilla said Ms. Saldivar was obsessed with the singer and was “unbalanced.”
“I saw it coming. Not of course to that extreme, but I knew that this woman was a time bomb,” Quintanilla said.
He accuses Ms. Saldivar of embezzling
money from the fan club and possibly the store as well. Formal murder charges were expected to be filed by the Nueces County District Attorney’s office today, said 214th District Court manager Mantee Roberts. No court appearance has yet been scheduled for Ms. Saldivar.
“We started getting a lot of mail, a lot of phone calls from people who would like to join the fan club that were sending in their checks and money orders and never received the items that were supposed to be shipped to them, like T-shirts and cassettes. Yet they had run them through the bank with Yolanda’s signature on them,” Quintanilla said.
Selena was gunned down Friday in her home town after she went to a budget motel to collect documents from Ms. Saldivar that Quintanilla says would prove his allegations of embezzlement.
Quintanilla said that a few months ago he had requested fan club paperwork from Ms. Saldivar, a 34-year-old registered nurse from San Antonio who became a part of the singer’s entourage.
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V WACO, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson, whose recent legal troubles began kfter he fell asleep in his car along Interstate 35, can get on the road again. y. Prosecutors said Monday that drug !tjiarges against the country music leg-;«Jk1 will be dropped because they don’t 'iyant to try to reverse a judge’s ruling flaking the marijuana seized inad--Jnissible.
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, Bennett said he will file a motion to ! dismiss the charges today.
J Nelson was arrested May IO after he J pulled off Interstate 35 in Hewitt, a 1 community south of Waco, to sleep
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I Study: Property Taxes Up ; $685 Million in 93-94
AUSTIN (AP) — Local govem-
• ments in Texas raised property taxes ! by $685 million in 1993-94, bringing ; the total levy to $ 14.7 billion, accord-; ing to a new study.
The Texas Research League study found, however, that tax rates were lowered in IOO of the 405 largest cities.
And, it said, most homeowners paid higher taxes because the 20 percent
homestead exemption granted by the former county education districts was dropped when the Legislature enacted the latest school finance law.
The report released Monday by the Research League, an Austin-based public policy group, did not include tax changes in 1994-95 because that information isn’t yet complete.
“Over the past decade, the average property tax burden has almost doubled from 1.161 percent to 2.295 percent of market value,” the study said.
House Subcommittee Changes Open Records Provision
AUSTIN (AP) — A House subcommittee tinkering with the concealed guns bill has loosened open records restrictions in the measure but rejected a proposal to give the public access to all gun records.
The Senate last month approved the handgun bill, which would allow eligible Texans to obtain licenses to carry concealed guns.
It now is pending before the House Public Safety Committee, where a subcommittee is making some changes before the measure goes before the full House later this month.
One point of contention has been about how much access the public should have to the permit applications.
The Senate-approved bill would give the public access only to approved applications. Records could be obtained by individual name only and at a cost of $5 per request.
Senate passes $80.2 billion state budget
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AUSTIN (AP) — A proposed $80.2 billion, two-year state budget has passed the Texas Senate and is headed to a conference committee that will negotiate differences with a House plan that’s $2.6 billion cheaper.
“Senator, I think you’ve just set a record,” Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock told Finance Committee Chairman John Montford, D-Lubbock, after the measure passed 29-0 Monday.
“I can’t recall the last time that a finance bill has passed the Texas Senate without any opposition,” Bullock said.
The Senate took about an hour — or less than one minute per $1 billion — to consider the bill, which leaders said would funnel 56 percent of new money into education.
“I truly believe in my heart this is the education session,” Montford said. He and Bullock said they hoped the investment would signal a change from public schools’ growing reliance on local property taxes.
Montford said he expects the Senate proposal to be scaled back in negotiations with the House, which has voted to spend less than senators on education and human services. But he said there’s no waste in the Senate version.
“I think it’s fair. I think it’s responsible. But it’s no frills,” he said. “We are committed to a no-new-taxes budget.”
The Senate proposal represents a $5.4 billion, or 7.2 percent, funding increase over current levels.
It comprises $45.5 billion in general revenue funds, which include sales and corporate franchise taxes; $23.7 billion in federal funds; and $11 billion from other sources, such as fees.
The measure also anticipates budget savings, such as $300 million through a cap on the number of university and state agency employees.
The House version comes in under the latest estimate of available general revenue for the next two years, while the Senate proposal is about $1.5 bil-
El Chico founder dies at 91
•Cory (Huggy) Hudgins
Kory (Huggy) Hudgins, of New Braunfels, passed away March 30 1995 at the age of 23. He was bom on May 13, 1971 in New Braunfels tc Rufus and Sara (Holland) Hudgins.
Survivors include his parents, Rufus and Sara Hudgins; a brother, Kevin Hudgins and a sister, Katii Hudgins both of New Braunfels; two daugh ters, Danielle and Miranda Hudgins, aunts, Lethia McClinton, Helen Darnel!, Shirley and Georgia Holland, all of New Braunfels, and Lorene Davis ol , Austin; uncles, Fred Holland, Jerry Darnell, and J.T. McClinton; grandfather, Rufus Hudgins Sr. of St. Louis. Mo.; great-grandmother, Essie M Hartfield of San Antonio; great aunt. Mary (Grandma) Johnson; numerous cousins and friends.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 4, 1995 at 11 a m. at Live Oak Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Kevin Boston, pastor. Rev. Howard Anderson will be officiating the services. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Live Oak Baptist Church.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Pearl Mueller of Selma, who died Monday,
Apnl 3, 1995 at Village Oaks Medical Center in San Antonio at the age of 78. ,,
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake for Thelma Nelson, who died at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio on Apnl 3, 1995 at the age of 82.
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DALLAS (AP) — Frank X. Cuellar Sr., who helped turn a tamale stand at a county fair into the El Chico restaurant chain with 98 restaurants in nine states, has died. He was 91.
“By any standards, Frank was a trailblazer,” said Adelfa Callcjo, a Dallas attorney and longtime friend of the Cuellar family. “He and his brothers
at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake for Robert “Bob” Bryan who died at McKenna Memorial Hospital on April 3, 1995 at the age of 64.
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Cora (Smithson) Lambrecht
Cora (Smithson) Lambrecht, of New Braunfels, passed away Sunday, April 2, 1995 at the Arboretum Nursing I louie at the age of 96. She was bom in Smithson Valley on Nov. 21, 1898 to Ben and Augusta (Wunderlich) Smithson and married Louis Lambrecht on June 12, 1933 in San Antonio. Her husband preceded her in death on May
envisioned having a chain of restaurants, which was unheard of for Mexican food establishments.”
Along with his brothers — Gilbert, Mack Jr., Alfred and Willie Jack — Frank Cuellar Sr. opened Dallas’ first El Chico after the family moved to the city from Kaufman in 1940.
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Montford said bds bill anticipates that die state comptroller’s May general revenue estimate will show more money is available.
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