New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrived in Israel today to ask Prime Minister Menschen! Begin to be more flexible in U.S.-sponsored troop withdrawal negotiations with
The meeting will be the first ever between the two men and could prove pivotal to the success of Shultz’s trip — his first to the Middle East as secretary of state.
Shultz, on arriving from Egypt at Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv, pledged to seek both complete withdrawal of foreign troops
from Lebanon and security for Israel’s northern border.
“A number of difficult issues remain, but so much has already been accomplished in this negotiation that none of us can allow it to fail," Shultz said before leaving in a motorcade for Jerusalem.
Shultz said he would also discuss "the broader process of helping to bring peace between Israel and all its neighbors. President Reagan is committed to this process, as he is committed without qualification to Israel’s survival, security and wellbeing.’’
State Department spokesman John Hughes said earlier in the day that Shultz thinks he has "a fair shot” at getting the Israelis to agree to pull out their estimated 25,000 troops from Lebanon.
At the Cairo airport, before flying to Israel, Shultz said his stopover in Egypt gave him with "renewed enthusiasm and greater determination to do everything possible to seek a greater element of peace in the Middle East."
He spoke of the "overriding importance" of "bringing an environment where Lebanon is
sovereign territory and free of all forces."
So far the Israelis have insisted that any withdrawal from Lebanon be conditional on letting their Lebanese ally, renegade Maj. Saad Haddad, command forces in the southern part of the country bordering Israel. The Lebanese government of President Amin Gemayel rejects this as undermining its army and its sovereignty.
Shultz received a solid endorsement of his mission Tuesday from Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a meeting in Cairo that lasted nearly
"We will do everything we can in bringing about a resolution of the Lebanon issue," Shultz told reporters afterwards with Mubarak at his side.
He said U.S. and Egyptian views are "identical on the need to get a troop withdrawal from Lebanon that will honor the necessity of a sovereign Lebanon able to rule itself."
Shultz said during the flight from Washington on Sunday that he will tell Begin the United States is prepared to help guarantee protection for Israel from terrorist attack across the border after a withdrawal. He said the
possibility of an expanded U.S. security role in Lebanon will be part of their discussions.
Following his talks in Israel, Shultz is expected to visit Beirut, where he will confer with Gemayel and meet with survivors of last week’s terrorist bombing of the U.S. Embassy.
Officials say Shultz is likely to make several trips between Beirut and Jerusalem in an effort to complete a withdrawal agreement.
Once he has an agreement with the Israelis, Shultz said he will try to get
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Vol. 92 - No. 83
D.A. gets praise, knocks
By DEBBIE DaLOACM Staff writer
A Comal County controversy dominated a San Antonio radio talk show Tuesday afternoon, as listeners to WOA1-A.M sent District Attorney Bill Schroeder bouquets and brickbats
The topic was William Dale Savage and his 10-year probated sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the deaths of the Kuben Sauceda in a traffic accident last fall. Appearing on the popular Alan Dale show," Schroeder listened to callers for the first 30 minutes of the show Some lambasted hun for not doing his job, while others praised lulu for a job well done The district attorney's responses were calm, while most of the callers were not.
But local attorney J C. Reagan seemed to steal the show with a surprise petition of support, signed by 25 other local lawyers. * We commend you on the handling of the Savage case," Reagan read from the petition. "You tried the case with zeal When the Jury spoke and made its decision for probation, your decision not to prosecute further was of the highest
ethical standards To continue prosecuting Savage would be unfair and rn complete disregard of the jury’s unanimous verdict."
Schroeder was pleasantly shocked, and thanked Reagan for the support of his peers. Dale asked Reagan, "Is there any more Mr. Schroeder could have done to prosecute this man’’" Reagan's response was, "Not a thing in the world ”
Other calls weren't so nice. One man said the Savage decision was merely a reflection of the town's attitude as a whole toward Mexican Americans. "Look at how many elected officials are Mexican Americans here," the man said.
They don’t exist. This community’s been a racial hotbed for years, but just won’t admit it. To New Braunfels. a Mexican American is no better than a dog.’’
Schroeder's ire was raised a bit on that one. "We were all citizens in that courtroom So what you’re say ing to them is they are all racists?" Schroeder asked. "Mister, that’s absurd Unless you were in that courtroom, you can't make a valid
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A look at the record
Bill Schroeder has warmed the hot seat of District Attorney since 1977 That’s six years of involuntary manslaughter cases, and he hasn't lost one yet.
Seven involuntary manslaughter cases have crossed Schroeder’s desk in the last two years alone. Going back through May of 1961, plea bargains took care of two of those cases James Hite in November, 1981. and Merrill Thompson in July, 1982. Both men pleaded guilty, and were sentenced to five years in the Texas Department of Corrections.
Two of the seven eases were decided by Comal County juries. On March 25, Thomas Henry Young was sentenced to two years in TDC for the 1982 death of Canyon High School senior Jimmie Muenich. Then, William Dale Savage was given IO years probation and a $5,000 fine on April 14, rn connection with the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr. Get 30.
"I offered Young and Savage the same deal I gave Hite and Thompson,” Schroeder said Tuesday. "I feel comfortable with that five-year range, because I’ve never had a jury
give more than five years for involuntary manslaughter.
' But they said no. and opted for a jury trial," he added, "and it worked for them." The punishment range for involuntary manslaughter is two to IO years in prison, and up to a $5,000 fine.
One of the seven will never be prosecuted, Schroeder said William Huelster, who was charged with the August 1982 death of Jet Sykora, suffered a brain stem injury from the traffic accident and is dependent on a life support system.
Authorities are presently looking for Ruben Landaverde, who was indicted for the May 1962 death of his wife, Marie Christina, luanda verde, his wife, and three children were leaving a company picnic at Landa park May 2, when the compact car he was driving swerved off Landa Drive and struck a pecan tree.
"There’s a capias (arrest warrant) out on hun for failure to appear, so that case is still pending," Schroeder said.
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Senate passes pari-mutuel bill; House to begin deliberations
AUSTIN (AP) — A West Texas senator looking out for his own switched his vote and enabled the Senate to approve a bill that would legalize pari-mutuel betting on horse races in Texas for the first time in 46 years.
"Sometimes, being from West Texas, you’ve got to fight for what you get, so here we are,” said Sen. John Montford, D-Lubbock.
Rep. Froy Salinas, D-Lubbock, brought word of the bill’s passage to the House on Tuesday — “I have a message for the House. The ponies are coming.”
Senate bill sponsor O.H. "Ike” Harris, R-Dallas, said Montford volunteered to switch his vote and give Harris the two-thirds — or 21-10 — count he needed to get the horse race bill before the Senate for final passage.
After that vote on suspension of the rules, Montford won 25-6 approval of an amendment that would raise the state’s share of the proceeds from total horse race bets from 5 percent to 8 percent. The extra 3 percent would go to the state water development fund, which could be important to Montford’s water-short area The other 5 percent of the state’s share would be used for welfare payments to families with dependent children. The track and race winners each would get 5 percent, and the rest would go to bettors.
The bill was finally approved 18-13, with Montford voting against the measure, but at that point Harris only needed a majority.
Asked how he felt about the water amendment, Harris said, "I’d rather not have it, but it was im
portant to take it — not only for the vote but for the cause which he was shooting for, which I’m in sympathy with.”
The Senate bill would legalize betting on a local-option basis if voters pass a November 1984 statewide referendum.
Harris had been trying since Thursday, when the Senate tentatively approved the bill 17-12, to collect enough votes to bring it up for a final vote, but he said he would not have made the attempt Tuesday if Montford had not offered to switch.
I’m against horse racing,” Montford told reporters, “but we’re not really voting on horse racing or pari-mutuel betting. I think the issue is
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Air conditioning gets vote of supportInside
Air-conditioning schools in the New Braunfels Independent School District is one of the more controversial issues to arise out of NBISD’s May 3 bond election.
Of the district's $8.85 proposed bond package, $2 million — or 22.6 percent — is devoted to air-conditioning ail schools. New Braunfels High School, opened in 1963, is the only NBISD school currently air-conditioned.
Following the failure of the district's first proposed bond election Feb. 12, district officials decided to separate the air-conditioning proposal and construction of a new central administrative office from the rest of the package. Officials felt those two might have caused the first proposal’s demise.
Rather than risk the whole package failing again, school trustees split it into tin ee proposals.
These three proposals include $6.5 million to build a new elementary school and renovate current facilities; $2 million for air-conditioning, and $350,000 to build a new administrative office.
District officials report that a common remark made by airconditioning opponents is that for many years students went to school without air-conditioning.
NBISD Supt. O.E. Hendricks has addressed this argument numerous times at public presentations for the bond election.
"It’s (air-conditioning) necessary for professional people to work in,” Hendricks said at one breakfast meeting with NBISD patrons.
“Some people say that I didn’t have air-conditioning when I went to school” but very few businesses today are unair-conditioned, he noted, adding that most homes and cars are nowadays air-
An air-conditioned classroom also provides a better learning-teaching environment, he said.
Lack of air-conditioned schools also puts the district at a disadvantage in recruiting teachers. "The school districts all around us are doing it (air-conditioning classrooms)” and NBISD can’t offer it to them, Hendricks noted.
"There are also health reasons” why the schools should be air-conditioned, he said.
These reasons include not only childrens’ personal health problems, but also the fact that the classrooms are constantly invaded by insects, since the windows have to be open all the time, Hendricks said.
Hendricks’ feelings are backed up by a
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy by mid-afternoon,with clouds returning Thursday morning, then back to partly cloudy Thursday afternoon. Winds will be southeasterly at 10-15 mph today, becoming light tonight. Sunset will be at 8:05 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 6:52 am.
County will choose jail site in special meeting Thursday
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writ ar
Commissioners Court is about to put to rest a controversial question.
In a special IO a rn Thursday meeting, ...c court will decide on a specific site for the new county jail, which must be built by August. 1985, according to a federal lawsuit settlement.
Since commissioners first began talking about building a new jail. the site for the structure has been a concern of many.
Several months ago, the court appointed a citizens jail site selection committee which named approximately 20 suggested sites for the new jail. Their original list was later whittled down into three recommendations for Commissioners Court.
These three included a 12-acre tract off Hanz Drive between Loop 337 andGurene Road; a nine-acre tract off Water I.ane adjacent to Iu>op 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH 35; and a 6.5 acre tract on North Walnut Avenue along the Missouri-Pacific Railroad tracks.
Shortly after reviewing the recommendations, commissioners authorized that preliminary
appraisals bt* done on the Hanz and Water l.ane property.
Despite the objections of two local organizations — the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Merchants Association, commissioners chose not to consider a downtown site for the jail. laick of land for future expansion and the cost of building a jail downtown were the court’s main reasons for not picking a downtown site
Architects estimated it would cost more to build a downtown jail since it would have to be a inulti-floor structure as opposed to a one-story structure build away from town where land was available for horizontal expansion of the jail.
Both the Chamber and Downtowners wanted the jail kept downtown because they feared that the county might someday move other Courthouse offices to the new jail complex. The groups were worried about the downtown vitality if that were to ever happen.
Assured by County Judge Fred Clark that even if this were to happen other county governmental offices would fill up the Courthouse, the Chamber later changed its mind and agreed to back the county’s May 7th bond election.
This was following Gark’s appearance a. the Chamber’s board meeting last week where he emphasized that the present court has no plans to move out other county offices to the new jail complex — although he said he could not speak tor future Commissioners Court’s administrations.
Building a new county jail is not something the county decided to do on its own. Comal County is being ordered to have a new jail ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985 by a federal court judge.
This is the stipulation in the lawsuit settlement brought against the county by former jail inmate Robert Delgado, who filed suit against the county last summer for unsanitary jail conditions. Delgado agreed to drop his suit and $200,000 damage claim in exchange for the county agreeing to build a new jail
The county's $3.9 million May 7th single-proposition bond election is being called to pay for construction costs of the new jail. The structure will initially include a 100-inmate jail, offices for the Sheriff’s Department and a small magistrate's court.
An architect's drawing of the proposed county jail