New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Man kills four children, himself
HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators were searching today for possible reasons that a 42-year-old carpenter gunned down his four children across their dining room table and then killed himself.
Police said early today that the Vietnamese man, who has not yet been identified, bought the gun the same day as the apparent murdcr-suicide.
Sgt. Ralph Gonzales said police had to break down the door to die first-floor aparuncnt after a neighbor reported hearing scuffling noises and about seven shots fired about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
One bullet went through a wall and into another neighbor’s apartment.
Officers found the four children — three girls aged 7,8 and 17, and a boy, 12 — dead on the same side of the dining room table. Each had been shot in the head with a .45-calibcr handgun. The father’s body and a gun were lying nearby.
• Police also found snapshots of the children, apparently taken immediately ; before the shooting.
Police said a note was found in the apartment, but they would not reveal its contents.
Board votes to block programs
AUSTIN (AP) — Saying that existing programs already arc suffering, die Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has voted to shelve all new public college and university programs until the state increases education funding.
In a unanimous vote, the board tentatively agreed Thursday to approve projects and proposals with the understanding that they would be implemented only if the state increases funding by July 1992, officials said.
The freeze immediately was applied to funding for a dozen proposed new I degree programs in universities and community colleges.
Woman killed, officer wounded
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Police arrested a man sought in a restaurant shooting attack that left a woman dead and a police officer critically wounded.
The gunman had argued late Thursday afternoon outside a Church’s restaurant on the city’s east side with Maxine Yvette Baxter, 30, identified as his girlfriend, police said.
The man then shot Officer Douglas Gocble, 26, who was taking a dinner break at the restaurant, and turned the gun on Ms. Baxter as her two young daughters, ages 5 and 9, watched.
The 32-ycar-old man, who has not yet been charged, was being held for investigation of attempted capital murder and murder after being arrested at a nightclub, said police spokeswoman Sandy Perez.
Gocble, who was shot once in the head, was in critical condition in the intensive care unit at Brooke Army Medical Center, said a hospital official.
AUFCAP part of month-long emphasis
Funds for school reform questioned
WASHINGTON (AP) — Educators and government leaders say they don’t know where the money will come from to finance President Bush’s proposed “revolution” in the U.S. educational system.
“If the plan is to succeed, it will require a major commitment in terms of resources and will,” NAACP spokesman James Williams said Thursday after Bush unveiled his plan. “We question whether the financial resources that have been required are adequate to do the job.”
The president called for top-to-bottom school reforms, including a voluntary nationwide exam system, federal aid pegged to academic results and $550 million in start-up funds for “a new generation of schools.”
Rocket with satellite destroyed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A rocket carrying a Japanese broadcasting satellite was blown up by remote control after apparent engine trouble sent the SKX) million mass of metal tumbling toward Earth.
The Air Force sent self-destruct commands six minutes after liftoff Thursday. The two-engine Centaur guidance system — with the satellite still attached — was detonated over the Atlantic Ocean about 240 miles from the launch site.
Rocket builder General Dynamics Corp. called the incident “a great disappointment.”
States not ready for gun checks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bush administration acknowledges that most states don’t yet have the ability to conduct fully computerized “point-of-sale” records checks to prevent felons from purchasing handguns.
The administration favors such a program over a proposal that would establish a seven-day waiting period for handgun sales.
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh was unable to tell die Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday how long it would take for federal and state governments to computerize criminal records to enable such “point-of-sale” checks
“We are moving forward as vigorously as we can, dial’s all I can say,” Thornburgh said.
But the attorney general said a computerized system was preferable to making handgun purchasers wait a week while local police check their records to ensure that would-be buyers are not felons.
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
When Agencies United for Child Abuse Prevention (AUFCAP) meets at noon Thursday, guest speaker will be Pedro Roque, supervisor of Child Protective Services for Comal County. The meeting will be at the VEU Dining Room, NB1SD Education Center.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. AUFCAP President Jose Munoz recently attended a meeting of the New Braunfels City Council and accepted a proclamation designating the observance here.
The Texas Department of Human Services “Status Report” for fiscal 1989 put the total number of referrals received by that department at 73,805, a substantial increase over 1988’s 65,966. Referrals investigated by DHS include emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, medical neglect and physical neglect. The report also includes statistics on sources of information, with the largest (21 percent) from schools.
Agencies under the AUFCAP umbrella include:
• Comal County Child Welfare Board, which studies the needs of children in the community, especially foster care needs, and works with DHS to provide services. It acts as a liaison betweem Commissioners Court, the community and DHS.
• Texas Department of Human Services (DHS), which receives and investigates referrals of child abuse and neglect in Comal County.
• The Emergency Childrens Shelter, established to provide a temporary home for the abused and neglected children of the community.
• Comal County Child Advocacy, Inc., which provides trained, court-appointed volunteers to supplement the work of the Child Protective Services caseworker, judges and attorneys.
• Teen Connection, which provides an emergency shelter/foster group home for boys and girls between the ages of IO and 17.
• Organization for the Enforcement of Child Support, a support group for single-parent families. Its aims is to help secure the child support needed for youngsters’ survival.
• Comal County Juvenile Progra-tion, where referrals are made for children ages IO to 16 by law enforcement agencies, schools, community agencies and parents.
• Hays County Womens Center, which provides accompaniment to medical, law enforcement and court proceedings for sexual abuse victims. Individual and group counseling for child sexual abuse victims and their families also are provided.
• Crisis Line, Drug Dependency Council, which provides 24-hour listening and referral services.
• Comal County Health Department, which provides well-child clinics and immunizations for all ages. This agency receives and makes referrals to appropriate agencies for a variety of mental and physical health problems.
• Homespun Early Childhood Intervention, which provides high-quality educational and therapeutic early childhood services for families of children birth to age three with developmental delays associated with birth defects, accidents, illness, prematurity or other factors.
• Texas Agricultural Extension Service — Comal County, which provides educational programs and information on family relations, nutrition, clothing, money management, selfesteem, health, wellness and housing.
• Family Outreach — Comal County, preventing child abuse before it happens by working with families at ride. This agency works with children and families on emotional abuse, neglect, teen pregnancy and school problems.
Other agencies and individuals providing support include Comal County Womens Center, New Braunfels Registered Dietitians, New Braunfels Pediatric Association, New Braunfels Safe City Commission, Adult Probation — Comal County; Comal County Bar Association, New Braunfels Independent School District, Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels Children’s Museum, New Braunfels City Counil of PTA, New Braunfels Utilities, City of New Braunfels, Christ the King Confessional Lutheran Church, New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Citizens Bank and Patricia Zinkgraf.
Gorbachev arrives in South Korea
CHEJU ISLAND, South Korea (AP) — Mikhail S. Gorbachev today became the first Soviet leader to visit South Korea when he arrived on this tropical island for talks with President Roh Tae-woo.
Radical students demonstrated before his arrival, claiming that Gorbachev’s visit will only anger Communist North Korea and hinder efforts to unify die Korean peninsula.
Issues of peace and security on the Korean peninsula topped today’s agenda, though no major agreements are expected. South Korea is expected to ask die Soviets to cut off supplies of plutonium and other nuclear materials lo Nordi Korea until Pyongyang agrees to international inspections of its facilities.
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Medal of commendation
Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer, center, receives the 1991 law enforcement commendation medal recently from the William Hightower Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Reimer receives the award from Mike “Doc” Cantu-Withoff, left, chairman of law enforcement committee, and Al MacNaul, SAR president. Last year’s awardee was Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. (Photo by Karla Wenzel)
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