New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Local man charged with murder after body found
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A local man aquitted in a murder trial last August has been charged in the shooting death of a man whose body was found Saturday morning.
Ramon Amaro Jr. 21, of 2091 Michigan was arrested
around 9:30 p.m. Saturday for the murder of Jesse Hernandez, 26, of 103 Rodriguez, whose body was found only 14 hours earlier.
Hernandez was found shot six times by what appeared to be a .38 caliber pistol in the back around 7:15 a.m. Saturday on Wegner Road in the Royal Forest subdivision. Lt. Rudy Rubio with the Comal County Sheriff’s
Sheriff investigator Kermit Kroesche and city police had helped in the investigation.
Amaro was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger, who set bond at $100,000. At press time Amaro was still in jail.
The victim was found within 15 feet of the road by a
man on his way to fish in the area 12 miles north of New Braunfels.
Hernandez was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Howard "Curly” Smith who ordered an autopsy. Roberto Bayardo, medical examiner for Travis County, is conducting the autopsy.
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City, Chamber seek better relationship
City and Chamber of Commerce leaders got together last month and talked about New Braunfels’ future.
“This is a tremendous improvement." said Mayor Barbara Tieken. “I sense a nwre cooperative kind of feeling here. Nobody can stand another year like last sununer, and there were many innovative ideas mentioned at that meeting."
Bill Warner, tile chamber’s executive vice president since March 25. is enthusiastic about the plans for Hie chamber.
"You hear a lot of stories when you're new and my job is to filter through all of that and determine what 's the truth "I'm enthused about a good, working relationship," Warner said. "In my opinion, things are going in the right direction to accomplish that."
Warner has a philosophy for the relationship among entities. "The city working by itself can be effective," he said. “The county working by itself can be effective. and the chamber working by itself can be effective.
"But with cooperation among all three and a good, hard-working relationship, if you can get that to exist, you can have super accomplishments."
The three-hour "lunch" was attended by Tieken, City Manager Joe Michie, City Attorney Barry Moore, Bill Warner, Chamber President John Duster, Inunediate Past President Robert Orr, President-Elect John Chunn, and auditor David Carr.
"I think it was a good, positive meeting," Michie said. It laid to rest accusations that people have that the city and the chamber fight all the time "We had such a lousy summer last year and everybody was so uptight — the visitors and the chamber - and we’re all trying to have a good summer,” Michie said.
Among the topics, the city manager said, were the contract for distribution of the hotel-motel room tax and the "things the chamber is doing with that money and for better utilization and promotion of the Civic Center."
Michie said the chamber is going to take a more active role in managing the city-owned Civic Center.
Other topics, Warner said, were the chamber’s plans for a “full-time conventton-visitor manager or director with the hopes that person can sit down and develop a year-round program of promoting New Braunfels."
There were other ideas, Warner added. "One is a taped message, perhaps a list of things that happen that weekend to help visitors I and residents I be better informed.’’ The group also talked about a promotion program to attract visitors here during the
"During the summer, when we have visitors, all the hotels and motels are literally filled and you don’t have room for convention delegates," Warner said. “So, during the summer months, maybe we can work on conventions, etc., for the rest of the year — except Wurstfest.
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Surrounded by the dead, Dachau survivors eat American-sent food in this photo in Kloepper's book
Local man says he'll never forget
By DANA STELL Staff writer
After his trip to Germany next month, President Reagan will have something in common with a local World War II veteran — both will have visited a Nazi death camp.
But there the similarity ends. Reagan's visit will come 40 years after the fact. Eugene Kloepper was among the American soldiers who liberated Dachau in 1945, and he saw first-hand what had been going on inside the walls of one of Nazi Germany’s largest concentration camps.
Reagan, scheduled to visit West Germany in May, plans to visit a cemetery where SS soldiers are buried. That visit has touched off so much controversy, Reagan now also plans to visit the site of a concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen as well.
Kloepper was a 20-year-old combat medic when his 42nd (Rainbow) 222nd Infantry Regiment, along with the 232nd and 242nd infantries advanced toward Munich that April. On the way there, Kloepper said, the group stumbled upon the South Germany city of Dachau, where one of the largest Nazi concentration camps was located.
Dachau SS guards had shot thousands of prisoners and killed thousands more in gas chambers. Still, about 33,000 prisoners greeted the Americans who entered their prison.
"I can remember it as clear as walking down there right now," said Kloepper, a thin
Death toll 51 in Pakistan riots
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — New violence hit Karachi on Saturday night, where riots, ethnic street brawls and battles with security forces have killed 51 people and seriously wounded 250 in six days.
Mobs of youths hurled rocks at police and then were driven off with tear gas and baton charges, police said. Two people were stabbed to death in clashes between ethnic groups, bringing the toll since Monday to 51, according to medical and civil government officials.
The violence in this city of 7 million, Pakistan’s biggest city, began Monday with a bus accident that killed two young women.
Police said youths on Saturday defied a 24-hour curfew to battle security forces in several parts of the city’s west side. Authorities called for reinforcements.
New fightmg between ethnic groups was reported in a poor, dingy area known as Orangi Town, when authorities relaxed the curfew for two hours so people could buy food. Besides the two stabbing deaths, at least six were injured, according to doctors at Abassi Hospital.
Doctors at city hospitals reported earlier in the day that five bodies from fighting on Friday had been brought in.
Military authorities immediately reimposed the curfew and armored trucks bearing heavily armed soldiers sped into trouble spots.
There were reports that the death toll could be much higher than thought because of people not reporting killings of family members to avoid a police investigation.
The martial law government of President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq ordered troops into Karachi on Tuesday.
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Orangi Town has been the scene of the worst rioting during the past six days. Members of rival ethnic groups fought in the streets with guns, knives and axes. Doctors at local hospitals said more than 20 people have been butchered with daggers.
Orangi Town consists mainly of cramped hovels made of mud bricks. The poorest residents live in ragged tents made from old sacking draped on sticks. Mounds of rubbish litter the district.
The riots began Monday after a speeding bus racing a vehicle from a rival company went out of control and hit a group of women college students. Students poured into the streets, demanding the driver be hanged. When police tried to disperse them, they fought, and others joined in.
man with thick gray hair and large banda.
“When we were advancing, we just didn't realize what this thing was," he said. "We thought it was just another factory. It was cold, so you couldn’t smell the bodies.
“And it was a factory — a killing factory.’ The year was 1945 and soldiers, including medics such as Kloepper, had heard rumors about the existence of concentration camps, but never imagined the horror within.
"It took a while to soak in,” Kloepper said.
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Chinese crack down on smut
PEKING (AP) — China outlawed, under new regulations published Saturday, pornographic videos, aphrodisiacs and obscene materials that "poison people’s minds."
The State Council ban, which appeared in all leading newspapers, follows official complaints that pornography is now readily available in Canton and other Chinese cities.
According to the Chinese press, smuggled and home-produced obscene videos and films are being shown to paying audiences and racy publications are multiplying.
"Salacious materials poisoning people’s minds and causing crimes are extremely harmful," the ruling said.
"To protect the mental health of the people and especially youth, safeguard social harmony and ensure smooth progress rn socialist modernisation, various kinds of salacious material must be strictly banned."
Effective immediately, the manufacture, sale, import, duplication and distribution of obscene material is prohibited.
The ban covers videos, films, slides, books, magazines and pictures that "specifically portray sexual behavior or publicize pornographic and
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Inmates transcribing confidential data, report says
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas prison inmates are used routinely to transcribe confidential information — including health and financial data atput millions of Texans, the San Antonio Express-News reported in its Sunday editions.
The prisoners, who make up a typing pool, transcribe records from
schools, colleges, hospitals, state and locall agencies and other government offices. The information is either typed onto a computer disc or reproduced on microfilm.
The for-profit typing pool grossed the corrections department $3.8 million in 1983 while saving taxpayers millions, the Express-News
About 1,500 inmates at four prison units are involved in the project. They have access to drivers license applications, secondary school student grade reports, teacher certification records, police arrest reports, vehicle registrations and titles, tax information and mental
Officials of the Texas Department of Corrections say they have imposed strict security measures to make sure the inmates do not misuse the information they see.
James Emert, who has worked 14 years in the prison records conversion operation, said security is
"Our theory is that it’s safer here than it is (at a private business) because we can search our inmates as they go in and out," he said. "Everytime an inmate leaves hare, he is searched and that is (the
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Canyon mf to* .......... 603 eta (up 176)
Canyon Oam outflow ..... 837 cts (sama)
Edwards Aquifer 624 99 (up OI)
Canyon lake level 902 92 (down 07)
A 20 percent chance of rain will remain in the forecast through Monday. Otherwise under cloudy skies the temperatures should reach the mid-80s and drop to the upper-60s overnight. Saturday’s high was 84 and the low was 69. Sunset will be at 7:01 p.m.
New Braunfels’ boys gave the Kerrville Tivy Antlers a run for their money Saturday, but came up short at the District 17-4A track meet. Sports, Pago 7A.