New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Spurs 132. Mavericks 120 Jazz 126. Rockets 117
Hawks 96. Bucks 79 Bullets 102. Pistons 95MALDEF will file lawsuit against NBISD
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Having already stated an intention to oppose the City of New Braunfels' new election plan, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is now preparing to file a lawsuit on the New Braunfels Independent School District.
The suit will be filed at 9 a m. Wednesday at the Federal Courthouse in San Antonio, stated Jose Garza, associate legal counsel for MALDEF. The complaint? Garza’s organization claims that NBISD’s at-large-by-place method of electing trustees deprives the
district’s Mexican Americans of a fair chance to elect representatives of their own race.
District superintendent O.E. Hendricks, when told of the impending suit, said, “That’s news to me.” But he added, “I can’t say I’m surprised entirely.”
He said MALDEF representatives had never, to his knowledge, come before the school board and demanded a change in the election system. “But they (the Mexican community) had two people running for the school board this time, and they did not get elected," he noted.
Hendricks was referring to Christina Zamora and Jose Valdemar Espinoza, both
unsuccessful candidates in the April 4 school board election. Zamora came in third in a four-way bid for Place 5. Espinoza was the lowest vote-getter of three candidates for Place 6. Incumbent Rudy Reimer won that race by a large margin.
For many years, the City of New Braunfels has elected its council members just as the school board does. Candidates file for specific places, and voting is done at large for the entire populace. It takes a majority vote to win.
tast fall, under pressure from MALDEF and a local Hispanic group, the City Council appointed a committee to decide whether this
system should be changed.
The committee came up with a plan whereby four council members would be elected from geographical districts, and three at large. The citizens approved this plan by public vote on April 4. But MALDEF has promised to oppose it at the U.S. Department of Justice, because the three at-large council members are still to be elected by place and majority vote.
MALDEF wanted a plurality vote, and no numbered spots. Or, if necessary, seven single-member districts, so that minority neighborhoods could put their concentrated voting power where it counts.
Both defeated school board candidates have been involved in the city election issue. Zamora feels the recent school board race just proves the point that the town’s Mexican Americans don’t have a chance.
“There’s no way that we can have a chance at large. Without it being by district, there’s no way we’re going to make it to any position at all, politically,” she said.
The great majority of school districts in Texas use the at-large-by-place election system. However, the Comal ISD, New Braunfels’ nearest neighbor, elects its trustees by plurality. This came about by order of the U.S. Department of Justice five years ago.
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Jail inmates fasting to protest sentence
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Four Comal County Jail inmates have gone on a hunger strike "to bring a killer to justice." To them. William Dale Savage is a killer, and the justice they want is more than a 10-year probated sentence he received Thursdav from a Comal County jury.
Inmates Juan M Lopez. Richard E. Willis, Marganto Maldonaldo and Gilbert Gonzales stopped eating at 4:48 p m Friday They blame District Attorney Bill Schroeder for ’ allowing Savage back on the streets," and want Savage to stand tnal for five killings — not just one.
"Tell them to go to hell,” Schroeder shouted Fnday. "I’m a prosecutor. I asked the jury for penitentiary time, and didn’t get it. But I did not make that decision.”
Savage is a 23-year-old private at Fort Sam Houston, accused of killing Ruben Sauceda Sr., his expectant wife Hortencia, their 23-month-old daugther Victoria and
11-month-old son Ruben Jr., with his Volkswagen Oct. 30. He was given IO years probation and a $5,000 fine for the involuntary manslaughter of Ruben Sr., in 207th District Court Thursday.
The inmates suspect if Savage had been a Chicano, and had killed a white family, he wouldn’t have gotten IO years probation. "It is a fact that the town of New Braunfels is very prejudiced toward Chicanos and Chicano families,” the inmates’ press release reads, "and when a Chicano breaks the law. the first thing the district attorney w*nts to do is send that Chicano to prison.”
Charles Potter, a spokesman for the White People’s Coalition based in Devine, offered this Saturday. "We don’t uphold what Savage did. It was a terrible thing. But if those four inmates want to starve — let them go ahead.
"As far as the district attorney is concerned, justice has been served. The jury judged Savage, and gave him probation," Potter added. "Ifs totally unfair for
anyone who wasn’t on that jury — Mexican or Anglo — to say he should have gone to prison. Those 12 people heard the testimony, and they have spoken.”
Sheriff Walter Fellers echoed Potter’s reaction to the strike. “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make ’em drink," the sheriff stated. "If they don’t want to eat, that’s their business."
But the hunger strike hasn’t been the only protest over the probated sentence. Suzanne Hildebrand, president of the San Antonio chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, said, "The attitude of the jury and prosecutor tells people it’s all right to go out and kill someone, and buy your way out of it. You can’t put a $5,000 price tag on a human life.”
“I can accept those statements from her, because I consider the source," Schroeder responded. "Maybe in Bexar County, verdicts are bought. We don’t do that here I in Comal County).”
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Savage faces financial, mental burden
At the age of 23, William Dale Savage knows the ultimate price of driving while intoxicated. He killed an entire family.
Savage received a 10-year probated sentence from a Comal County jury Thursday. He will serve his sentence on the street, watching his every step until he’s 33. But he will pay — in dollars and cents, and in memories.
What does probation mean? Standard conditions which govern anyone on probation include, obey the law, commit no offense, abstain from use of alcohol or drugs, avoid persons or places of disreputable or harmful character, maintain employment, support dependents.
Then there’s the watchdog treatment. A
probation officer can show up anytime, anywhere in the next IO years. Savage can’t move or go on vacation without letting his probation officer know first, and he must meet with that officer on a regular basis. Failure to do any of the above could mean a trip to the penitentiary.
In Savage’s case, probation didn’t come without another price. The jury assessed the maximum $5,000 fine for involuntary manslaughter. But there’s more...
"Our investigation into restitution is still in the preliminary stages," said Adult Probation Officer Jack Williamson Friday, "but we have an excess of $8,000 already, which, I’m sure, will be ordered paid by the court."
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Pfeuffer advised Savage Thursday if the court ordered restitution for medical and burial expenses, the debts must be paid as part of his probation. "We have more ground to cover, including talking to members of the Sauceda family, which could point us in other directions," Williamson said.
Whether Savage, a private at Fort Sam Houston, is allowed to stay in the military, will no doubt affect his ability to make restitution. "His indications to me were that he could stay in the military," the probation officer said. "He said he had undergone the mandatory military education processes, including alcohol
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Tending the roots
Krueger campaign organizes in Austin although official announcement not made
Approximately 500 "grass roots" supporters attended an organizational meeting for Bob Krueger’s U.S. Senate campaign in Austin Saturday.
Held in Palmer Municipal Auditorium, the rally took the form of a workshop. After refreshments and opening remarks, Krueger’s supporters from all over Texas split into five groups to offer their input on campaign needs for different areas.
Nina Guinn, an assistant in Krueger’s New Braunfels office, called the response "overwhelming."
“We were only expecting about 300 people," she •aid.
Krueger, a New Braunfels native, has not formally announced his intention to run against incumbent Senator John Tower, a Republican, in ISM. But he’s not keeping it a secret, either. On Saturday, he introduced his campaign manager, Harmon Llanow; and outlined plans for the first major push of the grassroots effort, hopefully styled the “Krueger Kickoff Team.”
The goal is to recruit 50,000 Texans, who will pay a membership fee of HO apiece, before January 1014.
Krueger’s fiancee, Kathleen Tobin of San Antonio, attended the Austin rally, which lasted from IO a.m. until 3 p.m. The candidate was introduced by Austinite Liz Carpenter, who in turn was introduced by Land Commissioner Garry Mauro. Krueger’s staff says the work session was the first campaign meeting to be held by any potential Senate candidate.
He was the Democratic nominee for Tower’s seat in 1978, and lost to the Republican senator in the general election by less than one percent of the vote.
Krueger became a 21st District Congressman in 1974, and served two terms. At the end of his term, his class of 92 members chose him the Most Effective Freshman.
In 1979, he was appointed Special Ambassador to Mexico by President Jimmy Carter.
Krueger may face opposition in the Democratic primary from former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe, state Rep. Kent Hance and state Sen. Lloyd Doggett. On the Republican side, no one but Tower has made serious noises about running.
Comal County forecast calls for fair and mild today, and partly cloudy tonight and Monday. Winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph today. High today will be in the upper 70s, low tonight in the mid 50s, and a high Monday in the low 80s.Probation Letters
William Savage’s 10-year probated sentence for involuntary manslaughter prompted two readers to write letters of protest. Both Claude Mendez and Esequiel Torres felt the verdict had racial overtones. See Mailbag, Raga 4A.Spurs Set Records
The San Antonio Spurs were hot Saturday night. How hot were they? Well, they were so hot, they set an all-time record for field-goal percentage in an NBA game as they topped the
Dallas Mavericks, 132-120. The Spurs also broke a franchise record with 53 wins. Sports, Page 8A.Eureste Wins Runoff
The Associated Press reported late Saturday night that San Antonio City Council member Bernardo Eureste, involved earlier this year in a controversial mugging incident, won a runoff election Saturday over Jesse Valdez following a campaign marked by heated name calling.
Eureste, who has served six years on the council, captured 5,178 votes, or 55 percent of the 9,446 ballots cast. Valdez garnered 4,268 votes.
Eureste led a field of seven candidates for his spot in the April 2 election.
SPORTS...............8-10ADPS helicopter finds lost boy at Canyon Lake
Sunset was less than two hours away, and a five-year-old boy was still uussing. Time was running out.
That’s what Sheriff’s Deputy Kermit Kroesche remembered thinking about 5 pm. Friday. But one Department of Public Safety Helicopter and twenty minutes later, his concern turned into joy — Kurt Snowden and his Irish Setter were safe.
The boy and his dog were spotted on the old White Head Ranch by the helicopter, which hovered over its find until those on foot and in cars could locate them. The pair had wandered off from the boy’s house near Canyon Lake about 11a.m.
Shortly after lunch, Deputy Jim Hinch responded to a distress call from the boy’s mother, Rondi LaLarne McCombs. More officers and local citizens joined in the search, combing a 10-mile radius of thick brush and cedar trees, Kroesche said.
“What worried me the most was someone had seen him on the (Woodlands) golf course near the water traps,” Kroesche added.
Staff photos bv Cinch RichardtonEnd of their ropes
I here were lots of ropes being thrown and pulled at El Rancho Cima Saturday as over 250 Cub Scouts attended the annual Guada Coma district camporee, which includes
scouts from New Braunfels and Seguin Top, Pack 381 members tug mightily; bottom, Mike Percell tries the lasso throw