New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Two Killed, Thro* Injured In West Texas Tank Explosion
McCamey, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a Shell Pipe Line Corporation tank explosion that killed two men and injured three others was caused by a welder’s torch.
The dead and injured were employees of an Odessa welding company under contract with Shell Oil to perform valve work, a spokesman for the oil company said.
Brian Schaible, a spokesman for the Texas Railroad Commission, said the commissioner spoke to firefighters at the scene who indicated that oil was released from an 8- to 10-inch pipe and ignited during repairs.
Robert Leroy Muncy, 40, of Odessa, died at the scene. Liberate) Martinez, 23, of Odessa, died Friday night at University Medical Center in Lubbock, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Martinez and Jimmie Jimenez, 46, also of Odessa, were airlifted to the University Medical Center bum unit after the blast. Jimenez was in critical condition Friday night with second-and third-degree bums over 70 percent of his body, the spokeswoman said.
Police Search for Men Who Robbed 97-Year-Old Woman
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Residents are pitching in to help a 97-year-old woman recover from an assault and robbery.
Virginia Roan, a great-great-grand-mother of four, was robbed and terrorized by two men in her home Thursday night.
On Friday, a local radio station raised more than $1,500 and replaced most of the items taken from the woman as she sat helplessly in her favorite chair.
“A local handyman has even offered to fix her door to make it more secure,” said KLLL general manager Scott Harris, whose station also offered a $ 1,000 reward for clues that led to the arrest of the robbers.
Throughout the day Friday, concerned friends called and visited the longtime music teacher.
Man Charged With Murder Told Victim’s Mother Shooting Would Occur
WACO, Texas (AP) — A justice of the peace has doubled the bond for a 38-year-old man whom police say “executed” a teen-age boy whom he caught breaking into his house for the second time in six months.
Charged with murder on Thursday, Donald Ephram Floyd remained in McLennan County Jail Friday after Justice of the Peace John Cabaniss doubled his bond to $100,OCK) on Friday “because of the execution style of the death.”
Floyd called Michael Paul Anderson’s mother to tell her that he would shoot her son, police said.
Moments later, Floyd placed the barrel of his .410 shotgun in the 15-year-old boy's back and fired a fatal blast, said Mike Larrew, a detective with the McLennan County SherifFs Department.
“He was executed,” Larrew said. Larrew added that the killing was “one of the coldest” he had seen in his 23 years as a lawman.
Man with gun arrtittd naar White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man arrested near the White House when police found a rifle in his car is being held for a psychiatric evaluation Monday.
Melvin Doyle Glover, 63, followed a city bus through a checkpoint a block east of the executive mansion Friday. The Secret Service said he apparently unaware he was entenng a restricted security zone.
President Clinton was in Ireland when the incident occurred.
Answering questions in court, Glover said he was a preacher “anointed by the Holy Ghost,” and he intended to seek a permit to preach near the White House. He cautioned a court commissioner against baning his freedom.
“There’s a most high God that’s talking through me,” he said. “You’ll be feeling the wrath of God in the future.”
Glover said he was bom in Oklahoma City and had no fixed address. He lived most recently in Bridge City, Texas, and mentioned preaching in Waco, Texas. He said he has been unemployed and collecting a disability pension since his discharge from the Army at age 20 for “pausing God”
“They said it was shell shock,” he said.
A .22-caliber rifle with a scope was found in the trunk of Glover’s car, which bore Texas plates. Also taken from the car were several rounds of ammunition, a knife and a machete, authorities said.
Glover was charged with one felony count of carrying a dangerous weapon.
Clinton signs $243 billion defense appropriations bill
WASHINGTON (AP) — A $243 billion defense budget became law today after President Clinton traded concern about higher military spending for what he said was Republican agreement to fund troops in Bosnia. A key GOP lawmaker said today there was no such deal as yet.
With the cost of the Bosnia peacekeeping mission rising to an estimated $2 billion, Clinton reluctantly accepted a defense spending bill that contains $7 billion more than he wanted.
Clinton, who was traveling in Northern Ireland, did not actually sign the bill Thursday. Rather it became law automatically as of today after a midnight veto deadline passed.
In accepting the spending bill, Clinton rejected the entreaties of liberal lawmakers and accepted the advice of congressional Republicans, centrist Democrats and top military officers.
“I made this decision because my administration has reached agreement with congressional leaders to provide funding, out of the funds contained in this bill, for the troop deployment and other efforts to secure peace in Bosnia,” Clinton said in a statement.
But Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said today that no such agreement had been reached.
“I think any request the president
makes will be sent over here and we’ll consider it, but there’s been no final agreement,” Livingston told reporters.
He said some of the money for the Bosnia deployment might come from the defense bill but some might come from “other sources” he did not specify. Funds in the defense bill have already been allocated for programs Congress considers important, he said.
Livingston seemed less accommodating than he did Thursday evening, when he said, “If we need to find resources to fund Bosnia, this bill gives us more latitude to do so without affecting military readiness.”
Representing about a quarter of every taxpayer’s dollar, the defense appropriations bill got swept up in broader budget battles as well as international politics.
Clinton’s Opposition to budget cuts that hurt domestic programs made it difficult for him to accept more defense spending. At the same time, his need for congressional support for the Bosnia deployment made it difficult for him to veto a bill that provided extra defense dollars.
“I have expressed my strong concerns that this legislation contains excessive spending for projects that are not currently needed for our defense,” Clinton said. “I will forward to Congress rescission legislation that
would eliminate funding for those projects, and I urge Congress to act on it. We should spend no more than we need to at a time when we are determined to balance the budget.” Specifically, Clinton is likely to seek to cut funding contained in the bill to begin expanding the B-2 Stealth bomber fleet beyond the 20 aircraft already purchased or on order. Clinton opposed the $493 million item as the beginning of what could grow to a $30 billion spending commitment.
Among other Republican additions to the bill are more than $2 billion for two amphibious warships built in Pascagoula, Miss., hometown of Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., the Senate Majority Whip and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and $764 million for 22 warplanes not requested by the Air Force or Navy.
Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., chairman of the House Appropriations national security subcommittee, defended the increases in the bill. He said about half
the total goes for nuts-and-bolts items such as salaries, barracks improvements and medical benefits.
Recounting a meeting in the White House state dining room earlier this week with congressional leaders, Young said Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga., ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, joined Republicans in urging Clinton to sign the bill, as did Gen. John Shalikashvili, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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