New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Btaunfels Herald Zeitung Sunday, August 18, 1985
3AOne killed, two injured in train accident
HOUSTON (AP) — A runaway from a youth center was killed and two others suffered critical injuries Saturday when a 109-car train hit them as they slept on railroad tracks, authorities said.
Michael DeClaremont, 14, of Houston was pronounced dead at Livingston Memorial Hospital shortly after the pre-dawn accident, said hospital spokewoman Joy Wiggins.
The other boys, identified as Sebastian Fields, 12, and Shannon Williams, 13, both of Houston, were taken to the livingston hospital, then transferred by helicopter to Houston’s Hermann Hospital.
Hermann spokeswoman Rose Marie Fuller said both teen-agers were in critical condition Saturday afternoon.
Williams’ right arm had to be amputated and both youths suffered severe head injuries and
“multiple trauma,” she said.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Mike Cox said the three were running away from the Hope Center for youths at Apple Springs in Trinity County.
The trio was returning to Houston on foot and fell asleep on railroad tracks about four miles north of Moscow, Texas, in Polk County, Cox said.
About 2:40 a m., a Southern Pacific freight train enroute from Lufkin to Houston roared through, hitting the youths and traveling a short distance before stopping, DPS officials said.
“The train was still on top of two of the subjects when it stopped. One was found clear of the tracks,” said DPS spokeswoman Ann Watts.
DPS officials said they did not know at what speed the train was traveling or why the teen-agers slept on the tracks.
Meanwhile, Hope Center director Lyndon Langford said the teen-agers apparently ran away around noon Friday.
Langford was unable to say how long the boys were residents of the center, which he described as a “therapeutic wildreness program for ... kids that have problems, kids that have been in trouble.” The director said the boys did not seem unhappy at the center.
“One of the boys had been doing very well and this (running away) was a very big surprise for us,” Langford said. “He was planning on going home real soon.” Langford said the center has counselors on duty around the clock but residents are not as restricted as youths in a detention center.
“We don’t have any fences, or towers, guards, jail cells or handcuffs ... because we believe in teaching responsibility,” I^angford said.
EL PASO (API — The baby business is booming at Thomason General Hospital where one day last week all the delivery rooms were full, labor rooms had to be converted to birthing areas and laboring women were lined up in beds in the hospital’s corridor.
Dr Joseph Sakakim, chief of obstetrics at Thomason, said the unit set a record in July when 379 babies were born. The obstetrics ward was designed to handle 150 leliveries a month, he said.
As of Friday afternoon, the August baby count stood at ltiy and IO women were in labor, Sakakim said
The bab) business at Thomason is up 12 percent from ast year. officials said. At times, the baby census has gone as high as 62 at one time, they said
Thomason’s intensive care nursery, which can handle eight tia bi es. also tends to fill to capacity. When that happens, either Providence Memorial Hospital or Beaumont Army Medical Center take the babies. Sakakim said
About three dozen newborns were resting Friday in the
Business brisk at El Paso hospital
Dallas man advances in puzzle competition
VI HENS, Ohio i AP) — Pamela Pietz of Aurora. Colo., put her hand-eye coordination into high gear Saturday to ab a narrow victory in the preliminary singles round of the fourth annual National Jigsaw Puzzle Championships fiere In the doubles competition, a Dallas man has also advanced to the finals Sisters lain Reeves and Usa Heiser, both of Columbus.
took another step toward solidifying their doubles dynasty as they put together a 1,000-piece puzzle in 1:19:27.
The sisters have won all three previous championships Pamela Rehkop of Scott City. Mo., and T G. Rehkop of Dallas were among other doubles teams advancing toSundav’s finals.
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• Formerly Comal CommunicationsState Health Board refuses to ban raw milk
AUSTIN (AP) —- A sharply divided Texas Board of Health refused Saturday to put a statewide ban on sales of raw milk in retail stores.
After two hours of argument that pitted freedom of choice advocates against those who said raw milk should be banned because it can carry disease and bacteria, the board finally agreed to take up the controvei sial issue again in September.
The board also decided to consider allowing the sales of cow and goat milk at farmers markets u hen they meet next month.
Most Texas cities, including Dada- Houston. Fort Worth, Corpus Christi and El Paso, air idy prohibit the retail raw milk sales through local ordinances
Austin, Arlington, Highland Park and Univ i sit Park do not, however.
Dr. Robert Bernstein, state health commissioner, and Dr. I^aurance Nickey of El Pasu, vice president of the board, pressed for a strict prohibition on raw milk sales.
"Early in this century cemeteries were filled with infants killed by bad milk,’ Nickey said If a nsumi c
adult wants to go the farm and buy raw milk, that is his c hoice. We have to protect the children. This is 1985, not
But others insisted that consumers should be allowed to
“Not to have the freedom of choice goes against the tin in Texas,” said board member Barbara Stover of Fort Worth. “There is a need for us to find a way for
people to get goat milk of the best possible quality.”
Some opponents of the ban said it would create a health hazard, exactly the opposite of what is intended.
I here is a demand for raw milk,” said Gary Newton tf Texas Speciality Foods, which sells raw cow and goat .kin the Austin area. “People will go to get it from the •un e and the product they get will not be clean as is now
available at retail stores.”
I w ice before, the board has given preliminary apar oval to the ban, but a third vote was needed to make it The board has also conducted three public hearings
on the ban.
Infant dumped in trash bin
The third-floor obstetrics unit has a 43-bed capacity. When it fills to overflowing, new mothers are placed in rooms on other floors of the hospital, the physician said.
Some women have gone through labor on beds placed in hospital corridors and some mothers have been sent home early to make room for more patients.
“We pick anywhere there's an open bed,” Sakakim said.
On Friday, the two delivery rooms were occupied and IO women were in labor, hospital officials said. Ixibor rooms became delivery rooms. One night earlier in the week. Sakakim said, two women were laboring in beds in the hallway.
Phyllis Armijo, community affairs director at Thomason, said theres a bright spot in the busy third floor. She said that w hen birth figures go up, so do sales in the hospital gift shop.
Eight obstetrics residents from Texas Tech University School of Medicine, five full-time staff physicians and three nurse-midwives deliver babies, and sometimes that isn’t enough.
it s pretty thin. but we manage,” Sakakim said
HOUSTON i AP) — Police are looking for a woman who witnesses say tossed a newborn infant wrapp< d in a plastic garbage bag in a trash bin The baby girl, believed to be about two I ii old when she was dumped, was in good condition d • > -
Hospital Saturday, authorities said.
Houston Poii pulled the child from the Dumpster.
“Had he not pulled the baby out, she would have lied You wouldn’t wrap an animal like that and expec t it t survive,” Driskell said.
he rgeant said the boy, Demetrius Cohn, told police ■se ie woman toss the bag into the Dumpster and vt- u!f. but he did not know what was inside the plastic
v. • she left, the baby started crying. I thought it was at. because it w-as crying real hard,” the boy said.
I he infant was in the custody of Harris County “en s Protective Services and will be placed in a 1 home, said Judy Hay, spokeswoman for the
Transient sought for apartment blaze
AUSTIN (AP' — Po ite continued seal for a transient suspect I f isin$ start a $1 million fin at a N : ' i complex
Thirty-four residents were left home!* was injured, authorities said. Plu fire t about ll million wort! of damage.! ■
Fire Lt. Billy Brooks said police year-old man who witnesses sa.: ordered out of a vacant apartment Apartments on Thursday “We have people wh< heard ti going to burn the complex before
•'"es who actually sold him the gasoline,” said And then the fire happened just after that. We f .nd an accelerant at the scene where the fire
Brooks said witnesses saw a man matching the : • Cs description buy 47 cents worth of gasoline at a
a: by onvenience store.
•ment manager Jamie Anzaldua said she found nett living in a vacant apartment Wednesday
>; o said she called police after spotting him on the ais again Thursday afternoon. The man was last day morning near the apartments, Brooks said.
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