New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
“This jury has gone way out on a limb for you, and I expect you to live up to this probation to the letter.”
Savage stood before the judge's bench and listened to some of the restrictions he must observe for the next IO years Pfeuffer said the court may order Savage to pay restitution to the Sauceda family for medical and burial expenses, “and if that is the determination of the court, you must do so,” the judge stilted.
Then Pfeuffer's voice got stern, as he told .Savage to turn, face the jury and tell them he wouldn’t let them down. Savage said, “I won't,” and added a soft * thank you."
Just what the felony conviction will do to Savage's military career has yet to be determined. A spokesperson for Fort Sam Houston said there would be a lot of judgmental decisions on the part of Savage's superiors. However, some of those people testified on behalf of Savage’s good character during the punishment phase of the trial.
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 75 18 Pages —2 Sections (USPS 377-880’
Jury gives Savage probation, stiff finePhone co-op eyes higher local rates
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
William Dale Savage will serve a 10-year sentence “on the street" for the involuntary manslaughter of Ruben Sauceda Sr.
Shortly after noon Thursday, a Comal County jury handl'd down the 10-year probated sentence and a $5,000 fine. Those same 12 people had found the Fort Sam Houston private guilty Wednesday of one count of involuntary manslaughter. Sauceda Sr., his wife and their two small children were struck and killed on U.S. Highway 81 West by Savages 1970 Volkswagen Oct JO
Savage, 23, faced up to IO years in prison. With the jury’s recommendation for probation, hi won't spend one day behind liars, unless hi violates the conditions of his probation
“Son. I want you to understand that probation is actually serving your sentence on the street,” 20?tn District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer said.Today's Weather
It w ill be clear and mild today, clear and cool tonight, and sunny and mild Saturday in Comal County Winds will be from the northeast near IO mph today, becoming light and variable tonight. Sunset will In* at 0 57 p in., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6:04 am.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder had asked the jury for pnson time. “What time Bill Savage spends in prison may save other lives. Isn’t that a fair trade — a part for a whole?," he said.
But defense attorney Rick Woods begged the jury not to use his client as a “scapegoat...don't send him to prison for something we’ve all done before." The jury deliberated an hour and 20 nunutes before returning the probated sentence.
Visibly disappointed, Schroeder said after Thursday’s verdict, “I won't know until next week exactly what I’m going to do with the other three (involuntary manslaughter I counts 'against Savage!. These were 12 good people, and they have spoken. And right now, I don't see any need to go through this again."
William F Savage Sr., the defendant's father, said he hoped “everyone is satisfied that Bill has been punished enough. It was a terrible accident, and he ll live with it forever.”
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Stuff photo by John Sinter
General manager Ken Brannies (at podium) and board president Curtis Bremer
Spokesmen for the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (GTVC) painted a dismal picture of the future for telephone customers at their 28th annual meeting Thursday.
“By 1989, it will cost $32 per month just to have a phone," said David Biermann, assistant manager. He blames the trend to higher costs on the federal government’s deregulation of the telephone industry.
Biermann predicted that toll rates on long distance calls would go down 30 to 40 percent at the same time; however, a customer would have to make the equivalent of $80 per month worth of long distance calls at today’s rates before the lower rates would offset higher local charges.
"The deregulation of the industry has flung us into a competitive arena where we will either flourish, or go broke," said Curtis W. Bremer, president of the GVTC board of directors. "The telephone industry is changing so rapidly that we are finding it difficult to understand it all," he added.
He was quick to tell the packed Civic Center audience that “we intend not only to survive, but to flourish.” Bremer said the way the GVTC plans to do this is to diversify and expand its operations. “We can supplement our revenues to keep rates as low as possible,” Bremer explained.
At the 1982 annual meeting, owner-
See CO-OP. Page 10A
Down to the wire
Local taxpayers facing 6 p.m. Post Office deadline
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The bell tolls at midnight. But New Braunfels mail drops will bi* emptied at 6 p.m. lf you want that April 15 postmark on your Internal Revenue Service return, it better make the Post Office by then
Those who miss that deadline might find a drive to San Antonio worthwhile. “They can take it to tliat main post office on Perrin Beitel, and probably get it postmarked right up to midnight,” said New Braunfels supervisor Reba Smith.
The last day of the filing period is always hectic, but Smith said her office has been feeling the rush all week.
"We’ve had a lot of people come in and get (their returns) weighed, to make sure they’re not going over." she said Nothing could lie more discouraging than filing on time, then having to pay a penalty because the return came back with postage due. And Smith says it has happened.
“The IRS will not pay postage on anything that comes in underpaid,” she stressed.
The last collection point will be the post office itself. Both inside and outside drops will be picked up at 6. Boxes at five other locations will be emptied between 5 and 5:30 p.m., Smith said. Those include all three boxes on the Main Plaza, and those at San Antonio and Hill, the Civic Center parkuig lot, San Antonio Savings & Ixian parking lot and the drop at the postal service center by New Braunfels National Bank on Walnut Avenue.
For tax consultants and accounting firms, this is one of the biggest days of the year.
That’s especially true for specialty firms like H&R Block
Georgma Terry, co-owner of the local franchise, said she and her husband Wade were experiencing the usual last-minute rush
“We’ve got a half-dozen people waiting right now to get returns done. And tour of us working," she said. ‘ The last day is alway s sort of a walk-in affair."
Terry seemed confident that her staff would make deadline in spite of everything.
“We always do. We’ve never failed yet,” she said. Returns are supposed to be ready by 5 p.m., and it’s the client’s responsibility to pick his up and get it in the mail.
H&K Block doesn’t usually file for an extension, unless the customer asks it or some of the paperwork on the return is still missing on April 15.
’ When you ask for an extension, and tax is owed, y ou have to make an estimate. Unlss you file 90 percent of the tax with that extension, it’s not granted anyway,” Terry said. In her eyes, it’s easier to get the returnout.
Matthews & Jackson, certified public accountants, prepare a fair number of corporate as well as individual returns. They’ve filed extensions for approximately half of their clients, said Fred Matthews.
“Some just take that long, and See TAXES, Page 10A
Inflation rate declined for first quarter of '83
WASHINGTON AP) Wholesale pruts, driven down by cheaper oil. fell 0.1 percent rn March and 4.1 percent, calculated annually, for the year’s first three months, the government said today Energy prices overall fell 3.2 percent for the month, the fourth straight decline Gasoline prices tumbled 6 percent and home heating oil prices dropped 7 6 percent. For the quarter, energy prices overall plunged 34.4 percent at an annual rate Not since 1976 have wholesale prices fallen for a full calendar quarter, the lxibor Department said in releasing today’s price report The economy’s January-March performance was the best for any quarter since 1952.
The report lent fresh support to econonusts’ predictions that, for all of 1983. inflation at the wholesale level may be less than I percent, which would be the economy’s best showing since the mid-
At the White House, Martin Feldstein, President Reagan's chief economic adviser, said administration officials were "very pleased with the way the economy is progressing."
Feldstein, noting a separate report today that said industrial production rose 1.1 percent last month, called the reports “very good economic news.”
As for last month, food prices rose 0.5 percent, their second monthly rise. Vegetable prices soared 21.3 percent rn an apparent reflection of bad growing weather in the agricultural regions of California
Beef and veal prices rose 3 percent; pork prices were up 0.8 percent. Poultry prices tumbled 2.9 percent.
But the higher food prices were inure than wiped out by the good news on energy expenses. The overall energy price decline outpaced the previous
month’s 2.9 percent drop Energy prices had fall$.2 percent in the January report.
The only dark cloud on the energy front today was the 2.5 percent increase posted for natural gas prices. Those prices had risen 3.2 percent in the preceding month.
The energy prices reported today were actually for February ; those calculations lag a month behind the rest of the index Department analysts say energy companies report their prices too late for inclusion in the most current monthly measure.
Energy prices have fallen in recent months largely because of worldwide cuts in crude oil prices. But those reductions are not expected to trigger further retail price cuts; indeed, many oil companies have recently started raising prices to retail dealers.
Canyon High students enjoyed a BYOB (Bring Your Own Banana) luncheon Thursday, courtesy of the school s Student Council. The students supplied the bananas, and council members obligingly turned them into banana splits It was part of the council s alcohol awareness campaign, and the "split" lunch was designed to prove a good time can be had without alcohol. That s Myra Skolaut doling out the chocolate sauce, with able assistance from exchange student Taiana Mora (middle! and Loretta Soechting. The program ends with “Wagon Weekend" this weekend, as students asked people to sign up to "go on the wagon" and off alcohol Friday through Monday
Staff photo by Jota) Smiter
Troopers still investigating FM 725 wreck
State troopers still haven’t filed a final report on Wednesday’s fatal wreck on FM 725. Unofficial accounts indicate that John Henry Goforth, now listed in fair condition in the Bexar County Medical Center’s surgical intensive care unit, was driving on the wrong side of the road.
Marie Scheel, driver of the other car involved, was dead at the scene. A family member told a Texas Highway Patrol clerk Friday that Scheel, a River Bend resident, was on her way home from church in New Braunfels when the accident occurred.
A Guadalupe County resident who drove past the scene of the accident Thursday said marks and debris from the automobiles were on the southbound
side of the highway, which would indicate the accident took place in Scheel’s lane. It is believed to have been a head-on collision.
No charges have yet been filed against the 37-year-old Goforth, w ho now lists a River Bend address.
The accident occurred at 8:30 p.m., just over the Guadalupe County line. Goforth suffered head and internal injuries, and spent most of Thursday in surgery at Medical Center. A hospital spokesman said he was being “watched very closely” Friday morning.
Services for Scheel, 59, will be conducted at IO a m. Saturday in the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Al Houk of New Braunfels Christian
Church will preside, and she will be buried in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Mrs. Scheel was born March 28,1924 in Marlin to Charles and Virgie (Cook) Bryant. She was a secretary and IBM operator for New Braunfels leather Company, and had lived here four years.
She is survived by her husband, Douglas R. Scheel; her mother, Virgie Abbott of South Houston; a daughter, Vickie Sherrill Scheel of Houston; a son, lawrence Joslin of Splendora; a sister, Joann Harvey of South Houston; a brother, Charles V. Bryant of Mathis; and five grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the book library at New Braunfels Christian Church.