New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Bail bond board seen as problem-solverBy LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County officials are looking into the creation of a bail bond board after hearing about problems in the current system.
County officials met this morning to discuss the issue.
“There are practices going on that a bail bond board and only it could deal with,” County Attorney Bill Reimer said. “For instance some bail bondsmen direct their clients to
a particular attorney. Then attorneys come in and answer for a person (a name gotten from the bondsman) who hasn’t shown up when in reality the attorney has never seen that person.”
District Judge Robert Pfeuffer said, “You mean we have bondsmen acting as attorneys then. I bet no judge knew that was going on.”
Under the current system the sheriff has sole authority to approve any bond. But the state makes no guidelines for the sheriff to follow. A
bail bond board, however, must follow criteria for licensing bondsmen and has some discretion to set its own policies, Reimer said.
“The courts have the right to cause one bond forfeiture, but not to tell the sheriff that that bondsman cannot operate because he has too many forfeitures. But a bail bond board could do that,” Reimer explained.
County Judge Fred Clark, however, felt that with cooperation among the county officals, a lot of the abuses could be handled.
“I see no reason just to create something unless it has got some real purpose,” Clark said. “Can’t the sheriff right now turn down anyone he wants? All we need to do is get the information to him when a forfeited bond has not been paid, as Judge Pfeuffer said, that guy has used up his credit until it has been paid off.” But by the end of the meeting the county judge had heard enough to decide to look into the problem and possibly create a board.
“I think as we get bigger we need
something in place that will keep abuses from happening,” District Attorney Bill Schroeder said. “We don’t have a terrible problem yet, but there is room for abuse in the present system. We also waste a lot of time trying to deal with bond forfeitures.” A bail bond board has to be created by specific county officials, not the commissioners court, Clark pointed out. A petition signed by several county officials requested county commissioners to create a bail bond board.
The board would be able to check criminal backgrounds of potential bondsmen. Regulations stipulate that no felons may be licensed bondsmen.
Hays County created a bail bond board several years ago but since then the board has gone defunct, Pfeuffer said.
“One reason for it is that they tried to not license someone because of his background and the person ended up threatening to sue them. I don’t know
See BAIL, Page 12A
New Braunfels. Texas
April 25,1985 25 Cents
20 Pages—2 Sections
Transplant patient dies
LOUISVILLE. Ky. (AP) - Jack C. Burcham. a retired train engineer who pinned hopes for an extended life on an experimental artificial heart, died IO days after his unplant when a large amount of blood in his chest cavity inhibited his heart's pumping, his doctors said today.
Dr. Allan M. lansing, medical spokesman for the Humana Hospital Audubon implant team, said Bur-cham’s condition had deteriorated rapidly beginning late Wednesday afternoon He died at 9:40 p m. after his left lung filled wth blood, lansing said.
Doctors initially did not know the specific cause of death, he said, but an autopsy identified a large “jelly-like” clot around the artificial heart.
The upper chambers of his heart were remnants of his own natural organ. The lower chambers were made up by the plastic and metal device.
“The cause for the sudden deterioration was compression of the upper left chamber of the heart by the blood clot within a confined space,” tensing said, adding that the condition is known as cardiac tamponade.
The condition normally would show up much earlier than it did rn Burcham 's case but the rigidity of the plastic-and-metal heart masked the problem for a while, lansing said.
The source of the bleeding is still not known, lansing said.
Burcham, 62, of la Roy, IIL, was the fifth and oldest recipient of a permanent artificial heart. He had
Com** Rivet Canyon into* Canyon Dam outflow tow,*Os Aquila' Canyon lake i#v#i
266 eft tup 41 682 eft (down 72) 476 eft (up 6) 624 92 tup 04i
902 72 (down 02)
Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies through tonight, turning cloudy Friday morning and partly cloudy by Friday afternoon. Probability of showers or thunderstorms is 40 percent today, and 30 percent tonight and Friday. Winds will blow from the southeast between 10-15 miles per hour through Friday. Highs today and Friday will be in the low 80s, with a low tonight in the upper 60s. This morning's low was 51, and yesterday’s high was 83.
CANYON LAKE 5A
LOUISVILLE, Ky IAP* - Jack C Burcham who died Wednesday night, lived IO days as the world s fifth recipient of a permanent artificial bean At 62 the retired railroad engineer from Le Roy (ll, alto was the oldest recipient Here is a chronology
April 14 Burcham receives the Jarv* 7 heart during a sn hour operation at Humana Hospital Audubon Th* operation was complicated because hts ch est cavity was smaller than doctors had e«pected During the night the power of the plastic and metal pump caused internal bleeding at the stitches connecting the heart to the aorta April 16 Burcham is rushed back into surgery to stop the bleeding Doctors said ha lost 42 pints of blood
April 16 Doctors resume giving Burcham Mood th inner s
April 17 Doctors report that Burcham shows greet improvement
Apm IS Doctors say Burcham continue* h.s improvement and « ae mg weaned from a respirator Burcham fecawes a congratulatory latter from a man who reced ed a Jarvtr 7 implant on April 8 rn Stockholm. Sweden
April 19 Hospital officials say Burcham * on a normal track for recovery
April 22 Burcham « pieced on kidney dialysis for five hours and doctors say he responded welt to the treatment
April 24 Burcham undergoes a second round of diary si* Ha dies at 948 p rn. EST
suffered kidney problems since before the April 14 implant and was put on dialysis twice this week to cleanse his blood. Lansing said.
Burcham also had had difficulty when doctors discovered that the Jarvik-7 was too large for his chest during the implant surgery, and he suffered severe bleeding the day after the operation.
He was the second artificial heart
See HEART. Page 12A
Nursing program losing battle in Austin
The future of New Braunfels ISD’s vocational nursing program appears to be in jeopardy, as an attempt to restore state funding for the program has failed.
An appropriation bill rider that would have restored funding to the remaining nine school district Ucensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) programs, including New Braunfels ISD’s, was defeated in the Texas House Appropriations Committee last week.
Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin), who wrote the appropriation rider and tried to steer it through
committee, said, “The move (to delete the rider) came when a review of the original bill took place. Unfortunately, our side lost the vote.
“Hopefully, this is a temporary setback and the rider will be added during the floor debate.”
The Texas Education Agency has taken the stand that LVN programs belong in community colleges and for several years has been reducing the number of LVN programs in school districts, Leland Cox, vocational administrator with the school district, said.
Even with the appropriations
rider, all nine remaining programs will have to be administered by a community college.
In the meantime, without the independent funding, the LVN program will continue through vocational education money. But the program then have to compete with other vocational programs for funding, Superintendent Charles Bradberry explained.
Given the financial climate in many school districts, some of programs may not last through 1987.
“Ours will still have funding, but it is not a very secure future,” the
Bradberry said there was little chance of keeping the program as it
"The second best choice would be to transfer the administration to a community college, but the students stay here for the courses and the training in our local hospitals and healthcare facilities,'’ he said.
TEA’s philosophy aside, the LVN program at New Braunfels 1SD has a better track record than community colleges and the community needs trained nurses, Bradberry said.
Tile passing rate of New Braunfels
graduates on the LVN board exam is 98.6 percent, Cox said.
‘The program began in 1968. in the last IO years we have graduated 358 students and out of that only five failed the exam,” Cox said.
The graduates of St. Phillips College's LVN program in San Antonio averages 85-95 percent passing rate, Ella Styles with the LVN program at St. Phillips said.
The cost to students both in transportation and tuition is cheaper in the school district program, Ann
See NURSING, Page 12A
House sinks Nicaragua aid plan despite Presidential lobbying
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat-led House, after two days of bitter debate and dramatic votes, has left President Reagan’s policy of aiding Nicaraguan rebels in a shambles, killing all active proposals for resuming U.S. assistance this fiscal year.
Despite presidential lobbying, the House on Wednesday defeated a Republican alternative for $14 million in non-lethal aid by two votes, 215-213. Republicans then joined with liberal Democrats to kill a moderate Democratic alternative, 303-123. House Majority Leader Jim
Wright, D-Texas, said he hoped the bill’s defeat would give both the leftist Nicaraguan government and the Reagan administration a “good little breathing spell that might give both sides (the United States and Nicaragua) a cooling-off period.”
But Reagan declared that he had no intention to give up and planned to “return to the Congress again and again to seek a policy that supports peace and democracy in Nicaragua. ... Our friends in Central America look to us for help against totalitarianism.”
The president added that the House
vote “damages national security and foreign policy goals.”
House Republicans said they might try to revive aid to the rebels before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30 and would definitely seek approval of Reagan’s request for $28 million in military support for the rebels in fiscal 1986, which starts Oct. I.
House Minority Whip Trent Lett, R-Mis8., said the Republicans voted against the Democratic alternative, even though it contained $10 million for Nicaraguan refugees, because it
SM NICARAGUA, Page IZA
Canyon Lake release cut to 476 cfs
The rains came, the lake level rose, and the Guadalupe River flowed.
But since it’s been about two weeks since the last good rain, the outflow from Canyon Dam was adjusted earlier this week to compensate for the decreased inflow.
The Corps of Engineers cut the flow from 837 cubic feet per second at noon Tuesday, said David Welsch, with the Corps of Engineers.
Today’s flow is 476 cfs.
“We asked for 500 (cfs), but
that’s what we got,” Welsch said. “We had less water coming into the reservoir.
“We had some rains earlier, but it’s been a couple of weeks since we had good rains and the flows are reduced,” Welsch said. “The release is going to vary according to the flow into the reservoir.
“When the flows are reduced, the release is reduced,” he said. “It’s ready that simple”
Welsch said the Corps office will wait for another good flow into the lake before raising the outflow level again.
Residents are taking full advantage of the city wide cleanup
Carrying a heavy load.
That’s what street crews are doing as they round up trash during the city-wide garbage clean-up, which ends Tuesday.
Crews this week trucked 108 loads of garbage to the dump, totaling 119 tons. Add that to the previous two weeks’ worth of garbage, and crews have taken 396 loads to the dump for a grand total of 796.7 tons.
Public works director Fred Ryden said the hauls consist mainly of old plumbing fixtures, such as sinks and bathtubs; old furniture; dog houses; refrigerators; barbecue pits; parts of storage buildings; and pound upon pound of metal and siding, brush and limbs.
Monday crews will pick up trash east of the Guadalupe River and north of Broadway and Post; while Tuesday’s crews will go east of the Guadalupe River and south of Broadway and Post.
Items must be on the street by 7:30 a.m. the day of pickup. Crews will pick up wood items, old dog houses, ice boxes, freezers, lawn chairs, and general lawn items. They won’t pick up old cars, trucks, car bodies, motors, frames, transmissions, boats, tree trunks, or stumps.
All limbs should be tied in bundles.
Saturday is the last free dump day. Dumpers must DERvi c i ark herald zeitung show proof of city residency.