New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94 - No. 170
38 Pages —3 Sections
Senator wants repeal of the new seat belt law
AUSTIN (AP) — Just days before it goes into effect, a state senator says the new mandatory seat belt law should be repealed
Sen. Roy Blake, D-Nacogdoches, said the law takes state government too far into Texans’ private lives.
“I wear my seat belts and believe that wearing them saves lives, but I believe when government mandates things on individuals that they could by their own choice do, then government has gone too far,” Blake said Tuesday.
Blake said he will introduce a bill in the next session of the legislature to repeal the seat belt law.
The new law takes effect Sunday, making it a traffic offense to ride in
the front seat of an automobile or most pickup trucks without wearing a seat belt.
The penalty for violations will be a $25 to $50 fine, but that doesn’t take effect until Dec. I.
The Legislature in May passed the seat belt requirement under pressure from the federal government and automakers. It was signed into law by Gov Mark White, who since has appeared in television commercials urging Texans to buckle up
last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued new regulations requiring passive restraint systems, such as air bags, to be installed in new cars unless mandatory seat belt laws were
Trio jailed for denying help to victim
enacted in states containing a total of two-thirds of the nation’s population.
But Blake said the Texas law ‘was passed under the guise of eliminating the need for the installation of expensive air bags.” lie said he new law falls short of meeting all federal requiremnts.
Blake also said the new law will be an unwarranted extra work for law enforcement officers.
Police officers, he said, “have more important things to do than spend time enforcing this law.”
However, the senator said even though he voted against the bill and opposes the new law, “I hope Texans will abide by the law as they do with all laws” while it is in effect.
HOUSTON (AP) — Three people who allegedly refused to help a dying, pregnant woman remain in Harris County Jail after being charged with murder, authorities said.
The woman’s stepfather, James W. Colburn, 40, his brother-in-law, A.J. Spradlin, 43, and Colburn’s girlfriend, linda K. Goodwin, 27, were charged Monday with murder.
Investigators say the trio refused to allow police and paramedics to enter a northeast Houston apartment where linda Carol Morales, 21, apparently was suffering from stab wounds.
Police said they believe Goodwin stabbed Morales in an argument but say the two men also were responsible for her death for failing to seek medical treatment, Dunn said.
‘‘As far as we’re concerned, they denied her medical attention,” said Sgt. W.T. Dunn. “She was two
months pregnant. So they not only killed her, they killed her child.” Morales, mother of an 8-month-old child, died of stab wounds Sunday
Partly cloudy and hot is forecast for today with temperatures reaching the mid-90s and dropping to the low-70s overnight. Tonight will be fair and mild. Tuesday’s high was 96 and this morning’s low was 71. Sunset will be at 7:58 p.m. and sunrise will beat7:06a.m.
Comal County is still going over its 1985-86 budget, Law enforcement problems are key issue in this debate. See Page 5A
night at Ben Taub Hospital.
Spradlin was jailed in lieu of
See TRIO, Page 16A
AUSTIN • AP) — The man who has headed the state prison board during some of the prison system’s most difficult times has submitted his resignation to Gov. Mark White’s office.
Robert Gunn’s resignation letter, dated Aug. 23. was received Tuesday, said Jams Monger, a spokeswoman for White Monger said contents of the letter couldn’t be made public because White, who is vacationing in Alaska, hadn’t seen it yet. The governor is due back in Austin late today, she said.
“The letter did come in today It was two or three sentences, stating his intention to resign. ’ she said The 60-year-old businessman previously said he would be leaving the prison post to support U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler's bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination That action sparked a feud with Democrat White, who Gunn charged had been imxing prisons and politics.
Contacted by KAUZ-TV. Gunn said Tuesday he was happ> about his decision to resign and said it "was a good time for an easy transition” because the corrections board was "changing in purpose and effort ” .Also Tuesday, the Pates ti rte Her did Press reported dial Gunn plans to resign immediately The newspaper said it had obtained a copy of a letter Gunn sent fellow prison tx»ard members
I resign without any hard feelings and only nunimal regrets,” Gunn stated in that letter Gunn was named to the TIK’ board in 1981 by then-Gov. Bill Clements He lias been cliairman for about two years but had indicated for some time he didn t intend to serve out his six-year term that expires in February 1987.
In his letter to board memebers. Gunn noted that the prison sy stem
See TIX , Page 16A
A worker at the new MBank New Braunfels building steps lightly on the framing, while work continues this week on the new bank building on Main Plaza Bank officials hope to
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Four arrested in coin-op burglary
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Quick action from employees at Wendell and Sons Auto Sales No. I Tuesday night kept four people from escaping with loose change they stole from coin-operated machines at the car wash.
Victor Sharker, 19, of Fischer, and Kyle A. Krohn. 17, of Startzville, were expected to be arraigned this morning before Municipal Judge David Perkins.
The men were charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument. a third degree felony. New Braunfels Police Detective Juan Gusme said the department is in
vestigating the possibility that the two men may be involved in similar cases.
Two 16-year-old teen-agers — one from New Braunfels and one from the lake area — were turned over to Comal County Sheriff’s Department juvenile authorities, who notified their parents.
The employees at Wendell and Sons were having a staff meeting or something (about6:50 p.m.) and they saw them and actually caught them and kept them from leaving,” Wommack said.
One of the juveniles received cuts on his back from a car window
See BURGLARY, Page 16A
Humane Society, city agree on pact
have the roof finished by Monday and have plans to have the new bank finished by early January.
Bv DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
After five months of negotiations, New Braunfels City Council and the Humane Society of New Braunfels have agreed on a contract.
Council Monday night approved the document, which sets forth the city's payment schedule for animals picked up by the city’s animal wardens and impounded in the soc iety’s shelter.
The contract, which is effective Aug. I, calls for a monthly city pay merit to the society of $15.55 per animal In return, the society will return to the city any fees collected from “warden animals” which are picked up by the owner.
The previous contract called for a city payment of $800 per month regardless of the number of animals brought in by the wardens. The wardens admitted between 56 and 150 animals per month, said Shelter
Manager Cheryl Pillar.
She estimates the society lost about $6,000 in 1984 in caring for animals from the wardens
Pillar said the city's two wardens bring in about 45 percent of the shelter's total population. The city’s position of part-time warden has been upgraded to a full-time position and the city is buying a second truck for that department.
That, Pillar said. also will increase the number of animals taken to the shelter.
Pillar said the wardens probably will be picking up an average of four to seven animals per day. “It’s real hard to project," she said, adding that one day last week the wardens took 15 animals to the shelter.
"It all depends, but it averages out through the month,” she said.
The contract review began during April’s city budget talks, when it was
See CONTRACT. Page 16A
'State run by opinion polls'
Gubernatorial candidate Loeffier blasts White
ABILENE <AP» — Republican gubernattonal candidate Tom Daffier blasted Gov. Mark White. say mg the state is often being led by
(public opinion polls and photo opportunities
I do not see the leadership in the governor’s office necessary and capable of directing our state through this critical period,” Ixjeffler said at an Abilene press conference Tuesday.
“Texas today has too much governorship by photo opportunity, too much leadership by public opinion polls. Texans demand a governor of substance, not of imagery,” the congressman from Kerr County told the Abilene Reporter News I Alef Aer formally announced his plans to run for governor last week, but he has been campaigning since spring
So far his only GGP opponent is former Gov. Bill Clements, although former congressman and ex-I>emocrat Kent Hance is expected to announce his candidacy.
lAieffler has he would run a positive campaign. But while being "positive” toward his GGP opponents, he has criticized Governor Mark White’s administration “The politicizing of every issue, of every board and couuiussion, will
end when I become governor,” Ixieffler said. "Playing politics instead of showing the comnutment and courage to solve the problems that face our state is a blatant abuse of the governor's power.
“I am under no illusion as to what kind of campaign this will be,” he said, looking past the primary. "Mark White has proven himself to be a better politician than a governor.”
lx>effler said there was a need for change in Texas and talked about the changes made by President Reagan’s administration.
"President Reagan brought a new beginning to America and changed the role of the federal government,” he said. “It is now time to bring a new beginning home to Texas and into the governor’s office.”
The congressman blasted White for "raising taxes” last year and fees
The four-term congressman has been critical of Congress’ handling of the federal deficit in the past. The federal budget deficit has tripled under the Reagan administration.
“Mark White’s statement in 1982 that he would never raise taxes is the first White lie,” iAieffler said. "Absolutely until spending priorities are set, there will be no tax increase with a Loeffier administration.”