New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Tourists make pilgrim to site of Waco tragedy
Herald-Zeitung O Thursday, April 18,1
By STEFANI G. KOPENEC
Associated Press Writer
WACO, Texas (AP) — Valerie Stoia doesn’t remember much about the SI-day standoff between federal agents and the Branch Davidians, but she knows something about its fiery end.
“I just know it shouldn’t have happened,” the Chicago sixth-grader said after she and a cousin knelt to place purple wildflowers on a wooden cross beside the rabble of what was once the cult’s compound on the prairie outside Waco. ‘‘The way it ended, nobody should have died. I thought we had rights in this country.”
“Just broke your heart,” said Valerie’s mother, Lidia Stoia, who brought her four children to the site during a recent trip to Waco.
The siege unfolded after agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tried to arrest cult leader David Koresh on weapons charges.
It started with a gun battle that left four federal agents and six cultists dead. It climaxed SI days later on April 19,1993, in a blaze in which nearly 80 cult members, including Koresh and 18 children, died.
“I want them to remember. I take their picture,” Mrs. Stoia said as her children ran amid broken concrete and heaps of metal, peered into a tunnel connected to a buried bus and posed for photographs.
Dave Milam of Canton, Ohio, and his family also veered off the main highway for a closer look at what’s left of Mount Carmel, the Davidians’ compound.
“We wanted to see a little bit of history,” Milam said near more than 80 crape myrtle trees and white wooden crosses that stand in memory of those who died. “It’s the same reason why tomorrow we’re going to go to the LBJ Ranch and yesterday we went to Dealey Plaza in Dallas where John
FBI Agents Search Wilmer-Hutchlns Schools Administration Building
DALLAS (AP) — Federal agents have custody today of boxes and cab-
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lstrict, of a state takeover.
Agents from the Internal Revenue Service and the FBI entered the building withe search warrant Wednesday morning and began the all-day process of hauling cabinets and boxes filled with school records from the administration building in South Dallas.
Among the records and computer files removed were purchasing receipts, payroll records and vendor contracts. District employees were told to go home.
The federal agents acted after receiving results of a state audit that criticized former Superintendent Delores Roberts-Quintyn.
The state audit said Ms. Roberts-' Quintyn contributed to the district’s
• out-of-control administration and refused to cooperate with auditors.
: IRS! $61*000 Discrepancy : In County Judge’s Bank ‘ Accounts Due To Bribes
LAREDO, Texas (AP) — More . than $61,000 in discrepancies in sus-: pended Hidalgo County Judge J. Edgar
• Ruiz’s bank accounts are traceable to bribes, a federal tax agent testified in a
; federal corruption trial.
J William Mitchell, a special agent f with the Internal Revenue Service, tcs-; ti fred Wednesday as a rebuttal witness ! for federal prosecutors.
/ He said he believes more than •: $61,000 in cash was deposited in five ;• bank accounts belonging to Ruiz.
Ruiz is one of five past and present ^Hidalgo County officials on trial for ■; alleged public corruption. Also on frill a1 are county commissioners Samuel £Sanchez and Aberlardo Arcaute, forlorner County Commissioner Leonardo ^Camarillo and suspended Head Start j director Luciano Ozuna.
• All are accused of more than IOO founts ranging from mail fraud to ^bribery to extortion.
: Report: Molester On Probe-Hon Whtn Nu Took Job As : School Bus Driver
: SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The : parolee who claims to have molested scores of children had a criminal record I in Louisiana he hid from Texas courts until after he was sentenced here for indecency with a child, the San Anto-;nio Express-News reported.
Larry Don McQuay hid his conviction and probation on theft charges •from Texas court officials, the school district where he drove a bus and even .his lawyer until after he was sentenced lin 1990 for molesting a young boy, Ithe newspaper said in copyright story *in Wednesday’s editions.
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Kennedy was assassinated.”
Clive Doyle escaped from the compound’s chapel minutes before it burned to the ground, but his 18-year-old daughter, Shari, died in die inferno.
A small ceremony is scheduled Friday to commemorate die third anniversary of the fire. Survivors will be given a few moments to speak, Doyle said.
“I diink everybody can learn a lesson from this,” said the 55-year-old grocery stocker, whose burned hands required skin grafts. “A lot of people are so naive about what goes on in the government, things that happen in this country.
“To see it on this magnitude and so publicly, the way it was done in Waco, it opens a whole new kettle of worms or begins to get people thinking. They begin to realize they don’t live in paradise. This is not necessarily the land of the free.”
Among those who have made pilgrimages to Waco, according to the government, is Timothy McVeigh, charged with bombing the Oklahoma City federal building on the second anniversary of the fire.
The disaster also has been the subject of congressional hearings and has led to reforms in law enforcement agencies. Still, Attorney General Janet Reno has insisted Koresh was to blame.
“The fate of the Branch Davidians was in David Koresh’s hands, and he chose death for the men and women who had entrusted their lives to him,” Reno told Congress last summer. “And he, David Koresh, chose death for the innocent children of Waco.”
Doyle said he is praying that nothing tragic happens on this anniversary.
“We’re not asking people to take revenge or action on our behalf,” he said. “The Bible says vengeance belongs to God, so we leave it in his hands. He’ll sort this all out one of these days.”
Department oversaw McQuay’s probation on the theft charge. Deputy chief probation officer Ed Castart described him as a model probationer.
McQuay successfully completed his probation in November 1989, then was arrested four days later on charges he sexually assaulted his girlfriend’s young son. The charge was reduced to indecency for McQuay, whom the court presumed to have had a clean record, and he was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Bexar County District Attorney Steven Hilbig did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press.
Stat* Considers Easing Hulas on Out-of-State Col-Iago Tuition
AUSTIN (AP) — For the past 15 years, prospective students at Texas colleges have been considered non-residents for tuition purposes if they were claimed as a dependent on the tax return of a parent who lives out of state.
For Konne Bawden of Houston, that means her son, Jeff Meininger, must pay out-of-state tuition if he attends the University of Texas this fall, because her husband lives in another state and has the tax exemption because of child support.
A proposed change in the regulation was before die Coordinating Board of Texas Higher Education today.
On the agenda for today’s meeting in Austin was an amendment that would also take into consideration the residence of the parent with whom the student has resided for the 12 months prior to enrollment.
Tuition for Texas residents is $30 a semester hour, or $360 for a 12-hour class load. For nonresidents, tuition is $222 an hour, or $2,664 for 12 hours.
Immigration Officials Tout Crackdown on Illegal Alien Employment
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Clinton administration is stressing its credentials in fighting illegal immigration, pointing to a new emphasis in ferreting out undocumented aliens on the job and the employers who knowingly hire them.
With polls showing the public overwhelmingly concerned about illegal immigration and Congress grappling with legislation to deal with the problem, administration officials have been eagerly touting their accomplishments.
Wednesday, they rolled out the results of a monthlong work-site enforcement operation in 19 Eastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
The sweep netted 1,176 undocumented workers, most of whom have been removed from the United States, Justice Department officials announced.
“We are bringing much more order to our borders,” Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick said at an INS news conference.
Valeska Pantermuehl of New Braunfels died Wednesday, April 17,1996, at Eden Home at the age of 90. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Zoeller Funeral Home chapel with burial to follow at Comal Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon Saturday until service time at Zoeller Funeral Home.
Waltraut “Trudy" Neely
Mrs. Waltraut “Trudy” Neely, age 57, of New Braunfels, died Tuesday, April 16, 1996, at her residence. She was bom Aug. 26, 1938, in Berlin, East Germany, to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Von Egert. She married Robert C. Neely who survives her. She was a member of the German Evangelist Church. Besides her husband, Robert C. Neely of New Braunfels, she is survived by step-daughter Rennie Den-nie Denzel of Minnesota; 23 brothers and sisters of Germany; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held Friday at IO a.m. at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with Rev. Elmer Gumper officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society ch* to Hospice New Braunfels. Visitation continues until 9 p.m. Thurs-
Milton, Alves, life-long resident of Seguin, passed away Saturday at the age of 89. Mr. Alves is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Hoffmann and husband Leroy of Seguin; grandsons Bryan Lee Hoffmann and wife Melanie of San Antonio, Blake Roy Hoffmann and wife Mary of Seguin; sisters-in-law
Mrs. Marvin (Cora) Alves of Seguin, Mrs. Milton (Wilma) Mielke of Easton, Md., Mrs. Eddie (Francis) Mielke of San Antonio; brothers-in-law Mr. Elmer Mielke of New Braunfels, Mr. Fred Soefje of New Braunfels; six nieces, four nephews and a host of friends. Visitation for Mr. Alves began at I p.m. Monday at Goetz Funeral Home with funeral services Tuesday at IO a.m. at Cross United Church of Christ in Seguin, Rev. Ernest Dean Jr. and Rev. C. J. Freudenberg, pastor emeritus, officiating. Pallbearers are
Mr. Leroy M. Alves of Seguin, Mr. Dan Lee Bindseil of San Antonio, Mr. Marvin Westmeyer of New Braunfels, Mr. David Mielke of Austin, Mr. Curt Saur of New Braunfels and Mr. Johnnie Pfeil of New Braunfels. Honorary Pallbearers are Mr. Stanley M. Mielke of Houston, Mr. Hilmar Mielke of Seguin, Mr. Hilbert Mielke of San Antonio, Mr. Jerald Brinkkoeter of Austin and Mr. Sidney Allen Mielke of San Antonio. Interment will be at Comal City Cemetery in New Braunfels under die direction of Goetz Funer
al Home. Memorials may be made to Cross United Church of Christ in Seguin.
Goetz Funeral Home, Seguin
Funeral arrangements are periding at Zoeller Funeral Home for Mr. Bruno Gass of Bulverde. He died Wednesday at the Eden Home at the age of 90.
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