New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Body of local resident found Sunday off 306
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A ruling on whether Alfredo Mario Aguilar of No. I Sauder Lane was murdered or committed suicide last weekend has not been made by Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
Aguilar, 62, died from two gunshot wounds to his head by a .22 caliber semi-automatic rifle. His body was found about 7 p.m. Sunday on private property off FM 306 about six miles north of New Braunfels.
Krueger said today he would not officially rule on the cause of death “all the paperwork is finished,” and that could take several weeks.
In his preliminary autopsy report, Travis County
Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo indicated the entry of the gunshot wounds was through Aguilar’s mouth, and the bullets then followed an upward direction. “The gun was fired with the barrel inside his mouth,” Krueger added.
Comal County Sheriff’s Lt. Rudy Rubio said the rifle was found next to Aguilar’s body, which was lying next to an unregistered truck. He also indicated neither the weapon nor the vehicle belonged to the victim.
Rubio said Aguilar’s last place of employment was Woodtech, but added, “Our investigation showed he hadn’t been there for about a week.”
Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche said the victim's car was found about 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of 306 and Purgatory Road.
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MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245Trial delayedAmaro's attorney seeks change of venue
A New Braunfels man scheduled to go on trial for murder Monday did not, mainly because of publicity over a separate murder charge here last weekend.
Ramon Amaro Jr., of 2091 Michigan was arrested Saturday night in the shooting death of 26-year-old Jesse Hernandez, whose body was found on Wegner Road early Saturday morning. Hernandez had been shot six times in the back with what appeared to be a .38 caliber pistol.
Amaro was scheduled to go on trial Monday for the April 1984 murder of 26-year-old Theodore Yanas of 614 Mather. But Court Administrator Martin Allen said his attorney, Charles Campion, requested time to prepare an amended change of venue in light of
A story Sunday titled “Local man charged with murder after body found” incorrectly stated that Ramon Amaro Jr.. 26, was acquitted of the murder of Theodore Yanas. Amaro, indicted in April, 1984, in the Yanas murder, has not been tried yet.
Amaro’s most recent charge.
“Judge (Charles) Ramsay agreed to give him a
See MURDER, Page 12
New Braunfels, Texas
April 23,1985 25 Cents
Fuel prices push inflation rate higher
WASHINGTON (AP) - Soaring gasoline prices sent the inflation rate up 0.5 percent last month, the government reported today. Food costs held steady.
Analysts said the overall increase at the retail level, the sharpest since January 1984 stemmed mostly from actual higher gasoline costs plus an unusual seasonal adjustment factor that made the final figure look even worse.
Food prices, also seasonally adjusted, were flat for the first time since last May.
But motor fuel costs ended a three-month decline and rose 3 8 percent after falling 2.6 percent in the previous month.
Without the seasonal adjustments, a process intended to remove predictable, periodic forces from the calculation, overall March prices rose 0.4 percent, the same as in February
Coupled with the 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted gain in February and the 0.2 percent in January, the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index so far this year has risen a moderate 4.1 percent at an annual rate.
This compares with a 4 percent rise for all of last year. Analysts expect inflation will run at about the same pace in 1965, giving the United States its fourth straight year of moderate inflation.
As recently as 1980, prices soared 12.4 percent in a single year, and that followed a 13.3 percent jump in 1979. Both figures were attributed in large part to drastically higher fuel prices as revolution in Iran plunged oil markets into turmoil, causing gasoline lines in the United States and shortages around the world.
Since then, crude ail prices have declined sharply and, until recently, have translated into lower prices at the gasoline pump as well.
Lawrence Welk and his bubble machine might have felt right at home at a recent Boy Scout bikearama. Matthew Hoffman (left) and
City-Chamber water plan passes on Mayor's vote
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING and DANA STELL Staff writers
After getting support from Chamber of Commerce, City Council Monday approved a year-round water quality testing program on a 4-3 vote.
Mayor Barbara Tieken broke the tie in favor of the program, which outlines where and when to test, and how to make the results public.
Council members Betty Lou Rushing, Valdemar EapjfHnm and Max Winkler voted for the program, while Joe Rogers, O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. and James Goodbread were against.
Earlier Monday, the Chamber passed a resolution supporting the city's water sampling program and promised to help the city publicize any “meaningful information” concerning the tests.
Sflwif citizens opposed testing for fecal coliform levels, saying it was useless. Opponents said testing gives people the impression that the city is worried about bad water.
However, said Tieken, “this is a routine thing that we are doing (which shows) that we are concerned with the Comal."
On Monday, Michie said, he proposed amending his original plan to include a test site on the Guadalupe River. Other testing sites, for April-through-September testing, are luanda Lake at the spring-fed pool intake, luanda Street bridge, Clemens Dams, and Union Avenue exit. Michie plans October-through-March tests at the luanda Street bridge and the Union Avenue exit.
Michie said that although weekly test results will be posted, the city will have no comment other than “The water is back to normal in New Braunfels and we welcome visitors” when the tests are normal.
Only after the fecal coliform level exceeds 500 organisms per IOO milliliters and the water flow is less than IOO cubic feet per second, will the city warn swimmers against high coliform levels.
Michie also said that announcement will come “upon the advice and recommendation of a public health physician and not from staff.”
Council members called for a low-key testing program and continued efforts in finding sewage leaks and other sources of contamination when suspected.
River property owner Gary Henry called the plan “ill-
See WATER, Page 12
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Temperatures today are expected to reach the upper-80s and drop to the low-60s tonight. Wednesday will be partly cloud) and warm again. Winds will vary between 10-15 miles per hour this evening. Monday’s high was 87 and theis morning’s low was 69. Sunset will be at 7:02 p.m. and sunrise will be at 5:55 a .rn.
City rejects 306 rezoning
LESLIE KRIEWALD! HERALD ZEI TUNG
Vernon Etfenberger take a bubble break between events.
By DANA STELL Staff writer
City Council Monday night denied one zoning request, sent another back to the planning board, and approved two others — one on the condition that some questions be answered by the next ordinance reading.
On April 2 the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended zoning classifications for four recently annexed areas. Monday’s council meeting was inundated with citizens ready to protest most uf those suggestions.
The first, and most quickly dispensed of, request was the change of zoning on a two-mile strip along FM 306 from R-l (single family I to C-1 (local business) and C-3 (commercial).
Two property owners appeared at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to ask for commercial zoning and settled upon the commission’s decision to ask for C-l zoning from the old city limits to Bretzke luine and C-3 from Bretzke to the remainder of the strip.
Council noted Monday that the commission’s vote was divided, with four members voting yes, one voting no, and two abstaining.
Two property owners also appeared Monday supporting commercial zoning, but they were outnumbered by a throng of residential property owners opposing the move.
Dr. John Landry said there “is absolutely no need for C-l zoning at this time” because there are other commercial areas in town. “I^et’s keep these areas along (FM) 306 North and (Texas) 46 North as pristine and lovely as possible by maintaining R-l zoning,” he said.
When property is annexed, it comes into the city with R-l zoning. The FM 306 property now will retain that zoning.
Council returned to Planning and Zoning Commission the question of zoning for 240 acres south of the city between FM 1044 and Morningside
This zoning plan was shot down Monday night
Drive, which was recommended for F-2 (single and two-family) zoning.
The tract is bounded by the tonner city limits on the north, Green Meadows subdivision on the east, and Garden Grove subdivision on the south.
See ZONING, Page 12
Cogdill won't get job back: CISD
Five Comal ISD trustees voted Monday night for the non-renewal of former Smithson Valley High principal lJUa Mae Cogdill’s contract for the 1985-86 school year.
Board President Leroy Goodson was absent, and trustee Erwin Lehmann abstained.
Cogdill won her dismissal case last October with the Commissioner of Education, who agreed with Cogdill’s claim that she was a non-probationary employee when her contract wasn’t renewed in March of 1983.
CISD’s contention was, and still is, that Cogdill had not completed two years of continuous employment with the district in March of 1983, and was not entitled to written notice of the reasons for non-renewal nor to a hearing before the board.
However, the commissioner’s decision has not become final, due to
a pending appeal by CISD to the District court in Travis County.
When trustee Carter Casteel made the non-renewal motion Monday night, she also stated any board action is subject to the outcome of the district’s pending appeal in Travis County.
Cogdill also has a pending lawsuit in federal district court in San Antonio, which her attorney, James Heidelberg, filed last February. That suit asks for a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages, and reinstatement as a high school principal or some other position of comparable status and pay.
“The whole purpose of what the board did last night was to put an end to the run of her damages,” Heidelberg said today. “It was strictly a legal manuever, but we’re still engaged in efforts to resolve this controversy.”
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