New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 166
August 22,1985 25 Cents
20 Pages —2 Sections
Vandals suspected in hay fire
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
Members of the Dunlap
Volunteer Fire Department are standing guard today on a fire in a ha) field on Kline Road near FM 1044 while the fire is being allowed to bum itself out
laike Dunlap Fire (Tuef Ken Jordan said he expects the hay will keep burning until Friday.
Jordan said he suspects that vandals caused Un- fire that is burning 45 large round bails of hay.
The fire was reported near ll pm Wednesdav on Walter Grier s property.
Jordan said the firemen realized the fire was more than they could contain with the limited water capacity and im
mediately called New Braunfels and Lake McQueeney fire departments for backup support. Ernie Hassold, president of the
Emergency Communication Club, also arrived at the scene with the club’s water truck.
By the time backup firemen arrived at the scene. Jordan said.
See FIRE. Page LIA
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Lake Dunlap fireman Richard Moreman watches over hay fire
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
SEGUIN — The body of 3-year-old Clark Jerome Nolen was found in the Guadalupe River Wednesday morning after the child apparently wondered away from his home on Lake Placid on the west side of the city.
The child was discovered missing Tuesday evening after confusion over which family member was watching the tot.
The child was last seen around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Nolen had left the boy with his two teenage brothers. Around 7 p.m.
Tuesday one of the teenage brothers left the home and that was the last time the boy was seen.
When the older Nolens arrived home late Tuesday they ask the remaining boy where the child was and he told them he assumed the child was with his other brother.
When the brother returned home, it was discovered the child was missing. The family searched the neighborhood before notifying the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s department at 2.05 a m. Wednesday.
Sheriff's deputies notified the Seguin Fire Department of the
disappearance at 2.44 a.m. Deputies and firemen searched the area for about 45 minutes, according to Sheriff Melvin Harborth. The search was then called off until daylight.
Divers began searching the river for the body at 7:13 Wednesday morning. Shortly more than an hour after the search began, Jim Liberty with the Seguin Fire Department found the body.
Justice of the Peace Walter Bargfrede ruled the boy dead at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday. He ruled the death accidental caused by drowning.
Services are pending at Palmer Mortuary in Seguin.
Woman kidnapped and stranded in New Braunfels
An 18 wheel truck unable to slow in heavy traffic about IO a rn Thursday morning, drove up on the Solms Road exit embankment and flipped over The truck s driver Anthony
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Hernandez was taken to McKenna Hospital, but had no serious injuries, New Braunfels patrolman Paul Harst said
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A Corpus Christi woman was found on River Road at I a.rn. today. She said she had been kidnapped from Corpus by two armed men.
She called the sheriff's department from Roy's Rentals on River Road.
We just found her wandering on
the road." said Roy Vordenbaum, owner of Roy's Rentals.
‘ We didn t see any injuries, but she was upset."
Sheriff’s Investigator Dennis Koepp took her to McKenna Memorial Hospital, according the sheriff department's reports.
The incident is under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
Man escapes burning vehicle
A one-car accident on Hunter Road and Hilo Drive sent one man to the hospital He escaped from his burning car about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jeff Barkley, 19, is in stable corf
See WOMAN, Page 12A
Amaro gets life sentence
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A Comal County jury has sentenced Ramon Amaro to life in prison for the April 19 murder of Jesus Hernandez.
The jury’s verdict, along with the assessment of a $10,000 fine, was announced at ll: IO this morning. The prison sentence and fine were Hie maximum allowed by law for murder
The jury deliberated an hour and 30 minutes before setting Amaro’s punishment The same 12 people took five hours Wednesda> to decide Amaro shot and killed Hernandez, whose body was found on Wegner
Road on April 20 He had been shot six times in the back In closing arguments this morning, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said, "I sometimes think it’s unfair for 12 alive people to judge a murderer. If the victims could make the decision. I wonder what they would say.
‘ Maybe they are looking over your shoulder and saying. I hope you say it for us. We have no more representatives.’
"I only ask that you give the same justice to Ramon Amaro that he gave to Jesse Hernandez." Schroeder concluded.
After the jury’s guilt verdict Wednesday, testimony in the punishment phase lasted about 30
minutes before 22nd District Court Charles Ramsay called it a day.
The state called Police Ll. Felix Roque and Sheriff's Lt. Rudy Rubio to testify Amaro’s reputation as a peaceful and law-abiding citizen was "bad” in the community.
Adult Probation Officer Jack Williamson also testified Amaro was convicted for aggravated assault on Jan. 9, 1984. in connection with an Aug. 26. 1983 incident at Bronco’s Bar. His sentence was two years’ probation.
• Ramon Amaro has made the decision to walk in the darkness of evil," Schroeder said this morning.
See AMARO, Page LIA
Cooperative agreement signed
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
In a ceremony at the Gruene River Crowing Wednesday, IO of the 12 members of the Rivers Oversight Committee signed an agreement to work towards common goals.
Those who signed included David Lee Bretzke for the camp ground owners in the Lower Guadalupe Business Association, Doyle Patton for the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, Betty Walls for Comal County Legislative Subcommittee,
Dr. John Landry and Paula Warren for the Gruene River Association.
Others included Ellen Posey for river outfitters in the Lower Guadalupe River Association, Jean Pfeuffer for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Bob Janca for the l^ake Dunlap Property Owners Association and Ann J. Green for the New Braunfel River Conservation Committee.
Bob Henry representing the city resorts and water sports said from the beginning he did not intend to sign the agreement. Norris Flodine
Local dance group may get funding
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Janie Cantu, president of the Compania de Danza Folkloric^, got $1,500 and some helpful advice from the Arts and Cultural Commission Wednesday night.
For 18 months, Cantu and her group of 21 dancers have been mostly sustained by supportive families.
Arts Commission members said the tune had come for a wider community support base, and allocated the $1,500 in hotel-motel
room tax revenue to help buy costumes and repair deteriorating equipment
■Right now. parents pay for the costumes Those who can afford it (their children! can do the shows. Those you can’t, don’t,” Cantu said, adding she had just bought a dress for her daughter for $160 With outside financial help, commission member T >b> l>ohr said the Compania de Danza Folkloric^ could ‘ develop a wardrobe" that would stay with the group when the dancers moved on.
Other commission members suggested setting a nummum performance fee and forming a booster club to help support the group.
“Part of being with the arts is you give a certain amount from the heart,” commission member Stephanie Goodbread said. ‘‘But there’s nothing wrong with being proud of your product (and charging a minimum performance fee Commission chairman Mike Walker said the group should also
See FUNDING, Page LIA
Henry Lucas is surprised by dropped murder charges
had expressed the same sentiments for Guadalupe Valley and River Group Association, but David Thompson, vice president of the association, came to the ceremony to sign Hie agreement, but was not asked.
"I wasn’t even on Hie committee," Thompson said "But I came to sign it to help clean up the river. And if they don’t want me to sign it, then they don’t want my help cleaning the river is how I feel about it "
See AGREEMENT, Page 12A
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — Henry I^e Lucas says he confessed to three Lubbock murders because he was addicted to tranquilizers and unable to resist questioning by authorities.
“I didn’t have any resistance. They could ask me to do anything and I would do it,” Lucas said Wednesday in an interview on Death Row.
l^ast year he was indicted on capital murder charges for the 1975 slaying of Deborah Sue Williamson, 18, and with the 1976 stabbing death of Elizabeth Ann Price, 44. He also was charged with murder in the 1971 stabbing death of Naomi Miller Martin, 54. All three women were living in Lubbock.
But last week, Lubbock County District Attorney Jim Bob Darnell said that after a five-month investigation, he would seek dismissals
of the three murder charges because of insufficient evidence.
Lucas insisted he confessed to the crimes only after being repeatedly
questioned about the cases, adding his addiction to the tranquilizer
See LUCAS, Page LIA
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