New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Pot-growing grandmother surprised after conviction by Houston juryInside
HOUSTON (AP) An elderly grandmother says she was * surprised" a jury convicted her of growing marijuana in her vegetable garden after she testified she intended to use the illegal weed to make an arthritis lotion.
"I wouldn’t have smoked it I wouldn’t have chewed it. I was going to do what the doctor told me to do soak the leaves in alcohol and put the juice on wherever I hurt," testified Laura Clark, 82.
She said a doctor in Mexico gave her the seeds and told her they were herbs. Hut she acknowledged that after the plants were about a foot high a friend who saw them in her garden told her they were marijuana plants.
Jurors deliberated 20 minutes before finding her guilty Tuesday of felony possession of a controlled substance. She was sentenced to two years of un-[ supervised probation, the most lenient penalty allowed under the law. The maximum would have been IO years in
prison and a $5,000 fine.
“As many nice letters as I got and then to turn out like this I’m surprised," Mrs. Clark said after the two-day trial.
“I don’t care about marijuana anymore.
I don’t want to have a thing to do with it, not one thing. I know now what the seeds look like, so I’ll never plant any more of them.”
District Judge Mike McSpadden told Mrs. Clark, a great-grandmother, “the only condition on your probation is that you give me a call every couple of months and tell me how you’re doing."
Mrs. Clark previously turned down the state’s offer of probation in exchange for a guilty plea, insisting “I have done nothing wrong.”
Her attorney, Bill Fortis, dropped to one knee during final arguments and begged jurors to find the woman innocent. Portis said later there would be no appeal.
Two plainclothes narcotics detectives said they arrested Mrs. Clark after they
went to her house May 4, acting on an anonymous tip, and found five or six marijuana plants standing four to five feet tall in her vegetable garden.
Mrs. Clark, who testified she was reared in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas and always had gardens, said when she planted the seeds, “I thought they looked like radish seeds. I knew when they came up they weren’t.”
As the plants grew , she said she thought they would turn out to be tile same as some bushes iii lier front yard She said she liked to show off her garden to friends, and when the plants were about a foot tall, Somebody said, ‘Oh. That’s marijuana.’ I didn't know till then."
So weeks later, when detectives Joe T Dugger and Ted Bell came to her door and told her they had a report that bolson was growing marijuana in her back yard, "I said, ‘No. It’s me,’” Mrs. Clark
See GRANNY, Page 12AToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for sunny and hot today, fair and warm tonight, and continued fair and hot Thursday. Winds will be from the south and southeast at 10-15 today, and southerly at IO mph tonight. Sunset will be at 8:01 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will tx1 at 7:05 a.m.Governor's visit
At press time Wednesday, Gov. Bill Clements was attending a rally at the Civic Center. Details will appear in Thursday’s Herald Zeitunq.
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WEATHER..........................2AFair parade entries being accepted now
Entries for the 15)82 Comal County Fair Parade are now being accepted. The parade will be held Friday, Sept. 24.
Clubs or organizations interested in entering the parade may do so by contacting Dana Scheel at 625-2564. laical businesses are invited to participate with a decorated entry for a $10 entry fee.
Deadline for payment of fees is Wednesday, Sept. 22. Fees may be mailed to Comal County Fair Parade, Box 223, New Braunfels, 78130. No last minute entries will be accepted.
This year’s county fair begins Wednesday, Sept. 22 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 26. As usual, parade day is a holiday for many local businesses and governmental offices, and for students in New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts and for Sis. Peter and Paul School.
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NBISD board approves air conditioning measure, 3-2
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Talk of cooling the band hall at New Braunfels Middle School turned into a hot debate topic among trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District Tuesday.
The majority of the board wanted the school district to install central air conditioning in the band hall. But two trustees w-ho have disagreed with the idea all along could not be convinced.
After a lengthy discussion, however, the board in a vote of 3 to 2 accepted the low bid from Associated Air Systems for the installation of air conditioning in tne band hall.
Associated Air Systems, a local firm, was one of three companies which bid, NBISD Business Manager Lonnie Curtis said. Associated offered the district two separate bids one for $18,5)00 and another for $17,638 for an alternate cooling system.
The board instructed the administration to consult with experts concerning the alternate system proposed and accept either that bid or the orginal system bid of $18,900, depending on which would be better for the district.
Trustees Rudy Reimer and Garland Lloyd who voted against the measure, voiced strong opposition. Trustee Bob Self abstained to avoid possible ‘‘conflict of interest,” he said. Board president Margy Waldrip did not voice a vote.
“(Most of) the students are in there (the band and choir hall) for one hour a day," said Reimer. “If we’re going to air condition any areas, it ought to be in the academic area instead of the extracurricular (areas).’’
Lloyd also disagreed but for different reasons. He wanted the board to accept an offer made to them by the New Braunfels Band Boosters last month. The boosters, which had saved approximately $1,200 to buy two window air con
ditioning units, had asked the district’s permission to install these units in the band hall.
Instead of granting the boosters’ request, trustees at their Aug. 3 meeting authorized the NBISD administration to advertise for bids for a central air conditioning system for the facility. Lloyd and Reimer voted against this motion at that meeting.
“I think we should let the band parents go with their original proposal. It was a rational decision," Lloyd said. “I was in Carl Schurz (an elementary school) this week and it’s hot in all the rooms.
“I fail to see why we should single-out air conditioning for the band hall," he added. “It’s not in the budget and the district's patrons have not asked us to do it."
Trustee Bill Lee did not disagree with the district installing the air conditioning, but questioned how
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Gen. Robinson Risner'War on Drugs' director sets speech here
Gen. Robinson Risner, executive director of the Texans’ War on Drugs (TWOD) will speak at noon Thursday to the combined Lions and Rotary clubs at Eagles Hall.
TWOD is an action arm of the Texans’ War on Drugs Committee, chaired by H. Ross Perot. Its purpose is three-fold: to educate the public on drug abuse; to conduct research on the effects of drugs and ways of halting their misuse; and to form parent peer groups at every grade level in all Texas schools.
Gen. Risner and his family were living in Austin after his retirement in July of 1976, when Perot was asked by Gov. Bill'Clements to form and to chair the Texans’ War on Drugs Committee.A New JJ—LL BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
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Marines aid PLO exodus
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landing craft brought the 800 Marines ashore from five 6th Fleet ships. Armed with M-16 rifles, M-60 machine guns, mortars and Dragon anti-tank missiles, they landed 700 yards from the so-called Green Line dividing Moslem Beirut and the Christian sector on the east.
Mead told reporters they weren’t “anticipating any use of weapons because we are here as peacekeepers." But “obviously we’ll use whatever we have in the unlikel> event that we must defend ourselves,’’ he added.
Iii,a brief ceremuny, the Marines relieved 350 paratroopers of the French Foreign Legion, the vanguard of the multinational force who had been guarding the port and supervising the daily embarkation of the guerrillas since it began Saturday. The French were moving to new positions midway along the north-south Green Line, around the National Museum and the race course, one of the three main crossing points between west and east Beirut.
U.S. officials said the Marines would be confined to the port area until the evacuation of the guerrillas ends in about two weeks. Asked how long they would stay in lebanon,
Mead said: “I have no idea. We were told it is going to be about 30 days or less, but of course we are here to obey orders."
White House spokesman Larry Speakes told reporters in Ix>s Angeles the Marines could stay 60 days under the War Powers Act. but the Reagan administration expected to withdraw them “in 30 days or less."
A U.S. military spokesman, Navy ( apt. James Mathews, said the troops had been "thoroughly briefed’” on the situation in lebanon and “know their job is to ensure safe evacuation of the PLO, guard the
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Yes I Can
Mayor O . A .
Stratemann Jr. hands out certificates to graduates of the "I Can" class at Eagles Hall Tuesday. Right, Christi Wenzel and Tiffany Hanney, who were among the 30 graduates, sing a song called "Give". Taught at the Community Service Center, the 13 week course dealt with motivation and self esteem, and involved children ages 5 to 13.
by Lindy Rit:h,irdson
BEIRUT. Lebanon (AP) U.S. Marine peacekeepers with automatic weapons supervised the evacuation of about 500 Palestinian guerrillas from Israeli-ringed Beirut today, escorting the fighters onto a Cypriot ship.
The vessel Sol (iiorgios left Beirut in the early afternoon bound for the Syrian port of Tartous, nine hours after 800 leathernecks came ashore in amphibious landing vessels to join French and Italian soldiers in a multinational force overseeing the guerrilla departure from Beirut. It was the Marines' 10th peacekeeping role since World War ll and first * time they landed on Lebanese shores since 1958.
French and Lebanese officials said earlier that the Sol Giorgios would go to North Yemen with guerrillas unable to leave on Tuesday. But the officials said later the vessel was going to Syria.
No explanation was given for the change, but another vessel docked shortly before the Sol Giorgios left and prepared to receive another load of guerrillas.
Israel announced earlier that the overland evacuation of guerrillas to Syria had been delayed, reportedly because the Palestinians were afraid of attacks by Christian militiamen loyal to Bashir Gemayel, Lebanon’s president-elect.
Gemayel supported Israel forces which invaded his country June 6 to rout the Palestine Liberation Organization. Israeli television said a representative of U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib was trying to arrange for the guerrillas to go to Syria by ship.
Habib, the architect and negotiator of the Palestinian withdrawal from the Lebanese capital, was on the dock at dawn, wearing the Marine Corps emblem on a lapel, to greet the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit and its commander, Col. James Mead, 47, of Boston, Mass.