New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Jal I ss, lV-x'>f; 73^^5Savage hearing still planned for Thursday
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
As of presstime Wednesday, all systems were still go for the William Savage pre-trial hearing, set for 9:30 a m. Thursday.
“I've heard from no one — no one at all — that it’s been cancelled," Court Administrator Martin Allen said. “I've got a court reporter and everything. We’re all set."
Rick Woods, Savage’s attorney, was in court Wednesday morning at the Bexar County Courthouse. Luis Vallejo, .special prosecutor in this case and an assistant
to Attorney General Jim Mattox, was also unavailable for comment.
Savage was convicted, fined $5,000 and placed on IO years probation April 14 for the involuntary manslaughter of Ruben Sauceda Sr. Three other involuntary manslaughter indictments are pending against Savage, and involve the deaths of Sauceda’s wife and two children, who were also killed last October.
Judge Carl Anderson will preside over all pre-trial motions Thursday, involving those three pending indictments. Both Woods and Vallejo have previously
indicated that change of venue, double jeopardy and the Speedy Trial Act could be included in those motions
Members of the Committee of Justice for All, who brought national attention to the Savage verdict, have not formalized a plan of action for Thursday’s hearing.
“We are meeting tonight to decide what we want to do tomorrow," spokesman Ezequiel “Cheque" Torres said.
Meanwhile, since his conviction, Pvt. Savage has reported to work daily at Fort Sam Houston as a physical activities specialist. Military officials there have yet to rule on his July request, asking that a board
of inquiry to determine his military status be delayed until all civil proceedings are resolved “I know they’re real close < to a decision Fort Sam Houston spokesman Jim Markiewicz said Wednesdays Some might ask if the pre-trial hearing comes and goes, doesn’t that mean time has made the military's decision?
“Nope, just because the hearing passes,’ Markiewicz added, “doesn’t mean they’re going lo hold off convening the board until all civil matters are concluded Whatever happens at that hearing won’t affect their decision."
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Vol. 92 - No. 173
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Shuttle astronauts launch India satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla <APl — Challenger's “lobster shift” astronauts early today launched a unique 3-m-l satellite for India that will improve weather forecasting on the vast subcontinent and bring telephone and television service to many isolated communities for the first time.
“The deployment was on time,...and the satellite looks good,” mission specialist Guion Bluford reported as the payload spun away. He said the crew felt a “slight clunk" as the craft was released.
It was the sixth successful communications satellite launch for a .shuttle crew.
On the shuttle's 18th turn around the Earth, Bluford, America's first black astronaut, gave the commands that .started the satellite .spinning at 40 rpm for stability. At 3:49 a m EDT, he pushed a button that sprung the payload out of the cargo bay.
Commander Richard Truly fired Challenger's engines so the ship w as a safe distance, about 12 miles away, when the satellite’s onboard rocket fired 45 minutes later to propel it toward a stationary parking space
22,300 miles above the equator south of India.
More than an hour after deployment. Mission Control informed the crew that the Hassan, India, tracking station had confirmed the firing and that it had gone “real well."
"Outstanding," Truly exclaimed.
INSAT, an acronym for India National Satellite, is to reach the high outpost on Friday.
Operating on their day-is-mght schedule, the five astronauts began Day 2 of the eighth shuttle mission at 9:32 p.m. EDT Tuesday night, as Mission Control in Houston wakened them with the music of the Georgia Tech fight song.
"That’s the spirit," commented Richard Truly, Challenger’s commander. who is a Tech graduate.
Asked how the crew was doing, the commander exclaimed: Shoot, we
never had so much fun in our whole lives."
The control center told him ground instruments showed Challenger was a "very deanship."
Pilot Dan Brandenstein reported "unbelievable” views of South Pacific
islands and two active volcanoes he thought were near New Guinea. Dr. William Thornton, the house physician, busied himself with medical experiments.
Bluford and mission specialist Dale Gardner spent several hours remotely checking out INSAT for the launching, which was the primary goal of the mission.
The Indian government is paying the National Aeronautics and Space Administration $8.36 million for the launch. The satellite combines telephone, television transmissions and weather observations in one package. It can handle more than 8,000 circuits, providing long-distance telephone to remote areas of the milhon-square-mile nation.
A direct broadcast feature will enable it to beam television to receivers in 100,000 rural com-rnm.Rita. Social and agricultural education programs are among those planned for broadcast.
INSAT is equipped to transmit weather photos every half hour, and these are expected to benefit many
See SHUTTLE, Page HA
Few people - even native Texans will admit to liking hot weather But yard man Milton Burkhardt, 62, is an exception “I like it hot,” he
said as he mowed a lawn on West San Antonio Street Tuesday He s getting his wish, as tem peratures were in the upper 90s Tuesday
7-11 store held up; stolen vehicle found
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
New Braunfels was the site of another convenience-store robbery Wednesday morning; this time at the 7-11 store on l.oop 337.
A bandit armed with a revolver and an electric drill held up the male clerk at 1:55 a.m., and made away with an as-yet undetermined amount of cash.
A Honda motorcycle, the last of five vehicles stolen from local businesses over the weekend, turned up in Houston at 9 30 p.m. Tuesday. The bike disappeared from Adams Aulu Sales at U.S. 81 North some time between 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Also missing were a $140 helmet, some change, a watch and two insurance policies.
Authorities had already found the other four vehicles abandoned in various places. Three were taken from car lots, and one from behind a
Police investigator Ray Douglas thinks the theft at Tom's Exxon is probably related to the Friday night break-in at Krueger Chevrolet. The pickup taken from Tom’s was found on Krueger’s property, and a new truck was missing from the showroom. The thieves also did an as-yet-undetermined amount of damage to the showroom itself.
The other three thefts might be isolated cases, Douglas said, especially the one at Benavides Used Cars, 475 U.S. 81 East. "I don’t think that was related to anything ... just a theft of circumstance," said Douglas. The missing white-and-wood-trim station wagon was later found near Krause Lane.
A New Braunfels man was hospitalized after a Tuesday afternoon wreck at Spur and Hidalgo Streets. Henry Leasman, 74, was resting in satisfactory condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday morning, but apparently
See POLICE, Page I4AToday’s Weather
Today will be suny and hot, with winds from the south and southwest near IO miles per hour Tonight will he fair and warm, with south winds at $>10 mph. Thursday will be partly cloudy but still hot, with a OO percent chance of thundershowers in the afternoon. Winds will be light and variable. Sunset today will be at 7:00 p.m., and sunrise Thursday st 7 :54 a.m.Close call
Ralph Sampson, the Houston Rockets’ hope for the future, stepped on a teammate's foot Tuesday and took a had fall. Luckily, nothing was broken, although a few hearts skipped a few beats. Sports, page SA
Hostages freed after hijackers surrender at Tehran airport
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Five hijackers of an Air France jetliner surrendered to Iranian authorities today at Tehran airport and 15 hostages held captive since Saturday Mere freed unharmed, Iranian officials said An American couple was among those released
Iran's Islamic Republic News Agency, monitored m Nicosia, said the hijackers fired their weapons into the air before surrendering, and that they and the freed hostages were led to the airport medical facility.
It said ail were apparently in good health, and that the freed passengers and crew will spend the night in a Tehran hotel The Arabic-speaking hijackers asked for political asylum in Iran. a spokesman for the French Embassy in Tehran said, but tiiere was no immediate w ord on how that request w ouid be received Earlier reports from airport officials in Europe had said there were four hijackers aboard the plane The respected Paris newspaper Le Monde said
See HIJACK, Page UA
PEC delays on LORA program
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Pedemaies Electric Cooperative general manager Benrue Fuelberg has notified the lamer Colorado River Authority that the PEC is delaying participation in the LCRA’s cooling efficiency program
Concerns that the present plans could result in PEC and its members paying far more for electricity than they actually use have prompted the PEC's hesitation.
“We have asked LCRA for clarification of its program to detemune if the plan could apply only to
heat pump installations, which provide both cooling and heating efficiency,’’ Fuelberg said “lf the answer to that inquiry is negative, we want details on lA'KA's future rate design and demand charges so as to determine whether participation in a program encouraging only cooling efficiency would be detrimental to our overall membership," the PEC manager said The PEC board would prefer to work out with its wholesale supplier a plan which encourages both cooling and heating efficiency. Fueiberg said
See U RA. Page UATressa eyes challenge of Bulverde Middle School
From “playing army" with die Texas National Guard lo jogging five miles every other day to being a father to his nine-year-old boy, Paul Tressa would seem to have his hands full. But he Ukes variety and the challenge of running a school, and he gets both as pruicipal at Bulverde Middle School.
Tressa is one of two principals making their debuts this year in Comal Independent School District. David Summers is the new principal at Smithson Valley High School.
Tressa hasn't always been an administrator, though. He started out as an Eng bsh teacher with the Del Rio school district, moved to Lewisville High School as an educational diagnostician and later an assistant principal.
“At lywisville as a diagnostician, I worked with kids individually, giving them a battery of tests which showed why they were behind, their IQ, their abiUty levels." Tressa said. "My boss told me I was doing the job without the title or the money as a diagnosticum, so I took the step to assistant principal for three years.”
But he hasn’t abandoned the diagnostician field. He helps his wife Nancy with her job as an educational diagnostician for East Central ISO in San Antonio, and he keeps the lines of communication open for CISD.
Tressa said his background helps hun with his principalship. "The background I’ve had as a diagnostician and in special education sure makes me count my blessings. I've dealt with children who have
"My stay here depends on things going smoothly end if the people think i'm doing e good job." Tressa said. "But this whole
district and this particular community needs stability, and in my head, that s a priority."
learning or physical difficulties, and not Ute average, A-OK kids.
"It doesn’t depress you. It just makes an impression on you," he sdded.
Tressa counters the inactivity of sitting behind a desk most of the day with jogging and marathon running. "In this job, most of the exercise you get is with your hands, so I like to run It’s s good form of tension release," he said. "My running has suffered
with the move here and the new job, but I like to do five miles at a time."
One weekend a month, Tressa "plays soldier" with the Texas National Guard as first Ueutenant of Company B, Third Platoon, 249th Signal Batts bon “What we do is provide communication to the 49th Armored Division. We go out on field maneuvers once a month, and set up radio shots and antennas.”
But Tressa s three-year stint with
the Guard has grown into more than one weekend a month He reads a lot at night to prepare for the drills, and takes correspondence courses to get promotions and move up in rank.
His son, Paul IU, doesn t mind how long Daddy's gone, Tressa said, “just as long as I bring hun some C-rations back He and his friends like to play with the cans.
"I’ve stuck with it this long, because that’s my nature It took me su years (rf school at night and summers to get both my master degrees I worked and taught at the same time," Tressa said, “and I figure if I'm going to do it, I might as well reach my potential and get my retirement out of it.”
That same sUck-to-U-tveness will carry over to his principal job, Tressa
said “I’m not a job-t lopper I plan on seeing the suth graders graduate from the eighth grade, at the very least.
“My stay here depends on things going smoothly and if the people think I’m doing a good job,” he added But this whole district and this particular community needs stability, and ut my head, that's a priority.”
Tressa nukes Pruicipal No. 5 for Bulverde Middle School in the past seven years “The staff here has been stable, but it s been tough for them to lead themselves There's a good nucleus here to build from," he said, “and that’s my plan "
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