New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Is Ayala's boxing career over?
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Tony Ayala Jr.’s conviction in the sexual assault of a woman neighbor may spell the end of his once-promising boxing career, but his lawyer says that is not the first concern of the 20-year-old fighter.
When asked what effect the verdict might have on Ayala’s boxing future, his defense attorney, William J. DeMarco, angrily responded: “Tony is something else besides a boxer; he’s a human being. He’s not concerned with being a boxer.’’
Ayala, who made the sign of the
cross when the jury returned to the courtroom Wednesday with its decision, showed no emotion as the foreman announced he had been found guilty of all six counts against him.
He turned his head only once, staring at the victim and her roommate as they cried.
The two women provided key testimony against Ayala in the 11-day Superior Court trial. The victim, a 30-year-old insurance saleswoman, said she was “relieved’’ by the verdict.
Ayala’s wife and his mother sat
nearby, weeping and embracing each other.
Ayala, the top-ranked junior middleweight contender in the World Boxing Association who is ranked No. 2 among World Boxing Council super welterweights, was arrested Jan. I after police said the victim identified him as the man who assaulted her in her West Paterson apartment.
The verdict was rendered after 34 hours of deliberations. Superior Court Judge Amos C. Saunders then revoked Ayala’s $75,000 bail and ordered him returned to the Passaic
County Jail until sentencing, set for June 21. Ayala faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Ayala will undergo evaluation at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel prior to sentencing. DeMarco said he would not discuss any possible appeal until he had met with the defendant today.
Ayala was indicted by a Passaic County grand jury Jan. IO on charges of burglary, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, making a
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THURSDAY April 14,1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 74
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Jury convicts Savage
Probation or prison being deliberated after verdict
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
William Dale Savage was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a Comal County jury Wednesday At presstime Thursday, those same 12 people were deciding whether Savage would go to prison or be gtarti-d probation.
A string of witnesses, including Mr and Mrs William Savage Sr., testified Thursday about the 23-year-old’s good character. The Fort Sam Houston private faces up to IO years in prison, and a $5,000 fine
Defense attorney Rick Woods told the jury Thursday that Savage "is the cleanest client I’ve had in ll years of this business You’re not deciding the fate of a person who committed an intentional crime. Bill Savage isn t a burglar, or a thief You’re deciding the fate of a person who has shown you a mirror-unage of his life through his parents and coworkers
"Don’t use Bill Savage as a scapegoat, don’t send him to prison for something we’ve all done before,’’ Woods added "You're not convicting a problem drinker in this case That’s the person you want 'n the penitentiary ”
District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked the jury to “swallow hard” and send Savage to prison "Society is like a child It s human nature to continue doing what we do until something slaps us in the face You must change this attitude we have that it s a God-given right to drive a car intoxicated And April 14. 1983. is the time to begin to change that attitude.
“I know it will tear at you. but I don't want any more good people like you to have to make this difficult decision I don't want any more good people like Bill Savage in this courtroom,” Schroeder said "What prison time you give this young man may save the lives of others. Is that a fair trade a part fora whole?"
Savage wept Wednesday after he was found guilty of killing Ruben Sauceda Sr . on CM. 30. The military man's 1970 Volkswagen also struck and killed Sauceda’s expectant wife. and their two small children, as the\ walked along U.S. Highway Bl West.
The six-man, six-woman jury took two hours and twenty minutes to find Savage guilty Included in the court’s charge was an option of a lesser offense — criminally negligent homicide — if the jury had some doubt whether intoxication caused Sauceda's death
"Don't use Bill Savage as a scapegoat...don't send him to prison for something we've all done before. You're not convicting a problem drinker in this case. That's the person you want in the penitentiary." Defense attorney Rick Woods.
However, in dosing arguments Wednesday, Schroeder asked for an acquittal, rather than a finding of guilt for criminally negligent homicide.
“lf you get in a car intoxicated, you can't hear properly , you can’t see properly , you can't control your car properly. You're saying. To hell with the rest of the people on that road.”' Schroeder shouted. “You've preordained y our destiny.”
The district attorney told the jury, “I don't think he Savage i played fair with you on the evidence. He had twice as many beers as he told you he did. Criminally negligent homicide has nothing to do w ith this case. And if you think it does, come back with a not guilty’ verdict.
“But I can still hear the words of the chief medical
examiner in Bexar County. He called anyone with a blood-alcohol level of 226 a stumbling drunk.’
“Keep in mind, this wasn’t a pickup truck, or a Cadillac.” Schroeder continued. "This was a small Volkswagen beetle — an unobtrusive little car hugging the curb, that wiped out a family of four.” Defense attorney Woods countered, saying there was nothing in the court's record that showed Savage drove into Ruben Sauceda because of intoxication. “Those cups in the floorboard — no one ever proved a drop of alcohol was in them. Even the state's eyewitness said he didn t see the family. Even he testified how dim the lighting was.
"A lot of us have drinks, arid even wake up the next day and wonder how we got home," Woods said. "Some of us have had a deer shoot out in front of our car, and we hit it — but did the intoxication cause the death of that deer0 That is the fatal blow to the state’s case.”
In the second portion of his dosing arguments, Schroeder created a story told through pictures. “I'd like to call this A Scenario of Death," he said, as he placed various pictures of indentations and blood on the car rn sequence from front to rear of the vehicle. As he baht up a picture of a lifeless Ruben Sduceda Sr., lying rn a puddle of blood on the highway, Schroeder said, “This is the ultimate human tragedy ...an entire family hit by a little yellow bug.
"Let me tell you why this is involuntary manslaughter He tells you he didn t see anything, then the crash. A child was pinned underneath his car like a piece of paper, and he didn t hear a thing,” Schroeder said. “These senseless deaths were caused, in truth, by the willing consumption of alcohol, the willingness to get into a vehicle and drive, oblivious to the safety of others.
“The slaughter has got to stop This is a strong case. But laws are worthless, unless juries return proper verdicts To do otherwise would simply send the message it doesn’t matter if we drink and drive.”
Woman killed in wreck on FM 725
A two-car collision on FM 725 Wednesday night left a 59-year-old woman dead and a 37-year-old man in critical condition.
John Henry Goforth of River Bend was in surgery at the San Antonio Medical Center at 10:30 a.rn. Thursday. He sustained head and internal injuries, a broken femur and various cuts and scrapes in the 8 30 p.m. crash, which is believed to have been a
head-on. Marie Scheel, also of River Bend, was dead at the scene.
A New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service unit first took Goforth lo McKenna Memorial Hospital. He was transferred to Medical Center shortly after midnight.
The tragedy occurred a short distance south of the Comal-Guadalupe County line, between Klein and
Zipp lanes. An official report from the Texas Highway Patrol was not available at press time, but accounts indicated the two cars met at the top of a hill on FM 725.
“They couldn’t tell last night who was coming from which way," said an EMS spokesman.
Services for Mrs. Scheel are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home.
Stuff photo by John Sinter
Smell the flowers — or else
Taking a few minutes to stop and smell the flowers is something most people wish they had time to do. This battered stop sign at the corner of Union and Garza seems to be commanding us to do just that.Lifesaving techniquesAmbulance crew EMTs take paramedic training
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Fire Chief Jack Wilson, seeing one of his Emergency Medical Service staff on the way out of the station, asked him what his plans were for the day.
“He said, I’m going to go deliver babies for the next eight hours,’” said Wilson.
He grinned, remembering the incident. But staff member Danny Halbardier wasn’t kidding. He was headed for the delivery room at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
You don’t get to be a paramedic by just sitting in a classroom.
Halbardier and Donald Zercher, both qualified as special-skills Emergency Medical Technicians, are going for the highest certificate in the world of ambulance service. They’re taking a three-month course, based at McKenna and arranged through the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
“It’s the same class they use to train the San Antonio paramedics,” said Randy Tomasim, the only man on the force who’s already so certified. Wilson recently hired a new employee, David Cleveland, who’s also studying to be a paramedic.
That will make four — at least one for each of the three working shifts. And that could be the start of some big changes in the local ambulance service,
Staff photo by John SeniorDaniel Halbardier (left) and Robert Zercher practice for their paramedic examination with the help of 'victim' Robert Reed
EMS personnel progress by rank, with each successive level requiring more training. Emergency Care Attendants know how to apply basic first aid. Emergency Medical Technicians “don’t have any more skills than the ECA, but you get a little more depth,” explained Tomasini. “You’ve got more time practicing.’’
A special-skills EMT is qualified to administer intrvenous therapy, and knows some advanced airway management. It takes 900 total hours instruction, from the bottom up, to reach the level of paramedic. An attendant with that certification can
White repeats demand for teacher pay hike
combat shock with the specialized "mast trousers,” or use a defibrillator on a heart patient.
New Braunfels doesn’t have that kind of equipment now. Uke the people that run them, ambulances are classified into various ranks. Right now, the local units qualify as "basic life support. ” Many services in this have "advanced life support” ambulances. Some larger cities even have “intensive care” units, which, Wilson says, is pretty much the same as an intensive care unit in a hospital.
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AUSTIN i AP) — Gov. Mark White says he won’t back away from his demand that lawmakers give the state’s public schoolteachers a 24 percent pay raise.
“There will be a significant increase in teachers’ salaries, and hopefully we can avoid a special session, but there will be a significant increase in teachers’ salaries," the governor said Wednesday.
He was asked if a 13 percent luke, which some education officials have said is the most teachers can hope for because of poor economic conditions, would fit his definition of “significant.”
"I don’t think so,” White said.
Teachers would receive the raise over two years.
Asked about negotiating downward from his request of 24 percent, White said, “I wouldn’t want to retreat from that number.
"I’m going to insist that this legislature not retreat from putting education as the No. I priority. It is the future of this state. It is the future of this nation,” White said at his weekly news conference.
He said it would be "premature at this point” for him to promise a special session if lawmakers don’t give teachers the raise White wants. The current regular session ends May 30.
“The fact we had 50 freshman members in the House may have caused some slowness in the start. At the same tune, they are learning very quickly, and I think they will make the right choice," White said.
“This is not all that late in the session,” he said “There’s still time for a great deal of reassessment of positions on the part of the members of the legislature. We may even be debating this issue on the last night of the session.”
On other topics, White told of new efforts to attract high-tech companies to Texas, and said he opposed the federal government’s tactics in considering Deaf Smith County in the Panhandle as a possible nuclear waste site.
White said the federal Energy Department should first establish scientific standards and then try to find a site in the nation that fits those standards.
"They’re doing it backward — they’re trying to find out what’s there and then saying that’s exactly what we need,” said White, who has complained in writing to the Energy Department.
"The real danger there is drilling that size of a hole in the ground, going through one of the most precious
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