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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Briefly TexasFarm group opposes state-sanctioned betting FOHT WORTH (AP) — The state’s largest farm group is opposed by a nose to betting on the ponies. Delegates to the 52nd annual Farm Bureau Convention Tuesday also voted for a resolution saying that high school students should be able to miss school to attend livestock shows and fairs. The delegates took up state issues Tuesday. Today, the final day of the convention, they planned to address national farm policy. The resolution opposing the legalization of parimutuel wagering passed on a close .192-389 vote. Another resolution opposing a state lottery passed by a wide margin. The organization came out in favor of stronger licensing and bonding regulations for grain elevators. Delegates also approved a resolution in support of U.S. Forest Service efforts to control the Southern pine beetle by cutting down trees in wilderness areas and national forests. King's stay is lifted HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge who granted a stay for a Death Row inmate twice tried and convicted in the bludgeoning death of a Baytown man has cleared the way for the killer’s execution. U S District .Judge Ross Sterling on Tuesday issued an order lifting the stay he granted convicted killer Leon Rutherford King on Aug 8. The stay blocked King’s Aug. 15 scheduled execution. Court papers filed with Sterling on King’s behalf contended there were errors in questioning potential jurors before King’s 1980 trial, in allowing certain testimony by police and in allowing King to be searched after his arrest. But Sterling wrote in his order that the issues raised by King “have been afforded a full and fair hearing” in state courts. King. 41. received the death penalty for the 1978 bludgeoning of Michael Clayton Underwood, 26, of Baytown. Underwood and his 19-vear old girlfriend were abducted from a Montrose area night club The girlfriend was raped but not killed. King was convicted in 1978. He was granted a new trial two years later but was again convicted An accomplice, Allen Ray Carter, also was convicted in the killing but received a life sentence. INS wants Central Texas office AUSTIN (AP) — U S Immigration and Naturalization Service officials say thousands of illegal aliens in Central Texas could be involved in criminal activities and an investigative office should be staffed to fight the problem. INS officials said a temporary detention cell, capable of holding up to IO people, will be included in a proposed field office “We believe Austin is saturated with illegal aliens, which is not to say yours is a unique situation," John Abriel, deputy director of the immigration agency’s district office in San Antonio, said. “Texas is the third-largest state in the country by population Not to have an INS office in Austin doesn’t make sense.” Officials on Tuesday presented a request to change the zoning of the property to the Planning Commission. Gary Renick, assistant director of investigations for the immigration office in San Antonio, said the agency plans to occupy the space by the end of January Wife agrees to polygraph HOUSTON (AP * The wife of an investment broker found dead in the charred shell of his car has agreed to take a second polygraph test to prove “she s telling everything she knows,” her attorney says. Sandra Baker, 41. will take the polygraph this afternoon or Thursday morning, according to Harris County sheriff’s investigators who requested the test. “I don’t think the test is meaningful of anything I don’t think they are suspecting anything They are doing it for their own peace of mind," said Assistant District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal. Baker has said Miami mobsters killed Edward Gerald Baker, her husband of six months, because he owed them nearly $1 million. After she took a polygraph last month, an examiner said the results suggested Baker might be withholding information. Baker’s charred sports car was found Nov. 8 in west Harris County The badly burned body was identified as Baker, but medical examiners have not ruled on the cause of death. Investigators have said they are treating the case as a homicide However, they said, they have not ruled out the possibility that Baker committed suicide or faked his death. TDC fails to get land bids HOUSTON (AP) Texas Department of Corrections officials say they failed to get any bids on 3,600 acres of prime real estate put on the auction block to help raise $125 million to finance construction of new prisons It was the second time in three months state offiials have tried to sell the land. “We’re going to have to look at our options and consider making some improvements on the land, but we are not going to panic,” Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro said Tuesday. “We are not going to have any fire sale. We are not going to give it away.” Bids were sought on 1,300- and 2,000-acre tracts in Fort Bend County and 322 acres in southern Harris County. The land office said there were about 15 inquiries about the land but no bids were submitted Herald-Zeftung, New Braunfels,Texas    Wednesday,    December4,1985    Page3ASchool taxes make up for half the levies AUSTIN (AP) - More than half the property taxes paid by Texans last year were collected by public school districts, the State Property Tax Board reports. Ron Patterson, executive director of the board, said Tuesday that city, county and other local governments levied $8.2 billion in property taxes during 1984 compared with $7 2 billion the year before — which was IO percent above 1982 There is no state property tax. The average property tax burden was $450.57 per capita in 1984, com pared to $416 86 in 1983 Local property taxes made up 41 percent of all state and local taxes paid in 1984 “The property tax is still the most important revenue source for school districts, cities, counties and special districts such as utility, junior college and hospital districts,” Patterson said. He said school taxes, which made up 51 percent of the total, were increased 15 percent during the year, while city taxes, which made up 20 percent, went up 12 percent Special districts. 12 percent of the total, raised their levies 16 percent. County taxes, which made up 17 percent of the total, were up only nine percent. Patterson said the figures show that business taxpayers, including mineral producers, paid 52 percent of the school taxes, while owners of single-family residences paid 30 percent. Farm properties, including rural acreage, paid less than eight percent. “These figures show a gradual shift in the local tax base when you compare them with figures from previous years,” Patterson said. “Residential property, vacant lots, and commercial and industrial real estate have become increasingly im portant components of the local tax base In the past, these propeeties were appraised less often than than utilities, mineral properties and industrial equipment. “Their growing share of the tax base probably indicates better local appraisal efforts in recent years, resulting in appraised values that are closer to full market value,” Patterson said Witness says bedsores were epidemic SAN ANTONIO (AP) - There was an epidemic of bedsores at an Autumn Hills nursing home in Texas City in 1978, a nursing consultant testified in the trial of the company and five individuals charged with murder by neglect. Sarah Greene Burger, who works for a Washington, D C.-based nursing consulting firm, said Tuesday she based her finding on an audit of nursing home records from January to Nov. 20,1978. Of 56 patients whose records she studied. Burger said she found they suffered 261 bedsores. Of those bedsores, or decubitus as they are called in medical ter minology, almost two thirds developed in the nursing home. The others originated before the patients entered Autumn Hills. “From what I have read of Autumn Hills, this represents an epidemic of decubitus,” she said in testimony offered outside the presence of the jury. Judge Don Morgan was expected to rule today on whether Burger could offer the testimony before the jury. Burger’s testimony came in against Autumn Hills Convalescent Centers Inc. and five of its current and former employees They are charged in the Nov. 20. 1978. death of Elnora Breed The 87 year-old woman died after living 47 days at an Autumn Hills home in Texas City The defense claims she died of cancer Burger said one patient, a woman. developed 14 bedsores after entering the Autumn Hills home The patient, she said, was younger than most nursing home residents and she was fairly mobile “I have never seen this kind of development of decubitus in a patient in this condition,’’Burger said The consultant said bedsores in almost all cases are preventable and are a sign of poor patient care Earlier testimony has indicated Breed suffered several bedsores while a patient at Autumn Hills Mall gets nod from planners By BANA OVERSTREET Staff writer New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission will recommend to City Council that zoning changes be granted for a sheltered shopping mall and for an office park retail center. During a public hearing Tuesday night. Jerry Jergins told the commission that Orion Subdivision needs C l (local business) zoning for a garden office park and retail center. The property is zoned R-2 (single and two-family residential). He said the subdivision is across Texas 46 North from Oak Run and will “complement Oak Run as well as Hunters Creek, which is immediately behind us.” Hunters Creek is a proposed residential subdivision “We are trying to have coordinated growth,” Jergins said “It is better we do it and complement each other. we are very closely tied to each other ” Commission member Tom Casteel said the zoning change "seems to be an area of cluster zoning that we keep hearing about " And member Jan Estes who voted against the recommendation with member Myrtle Clark, said there already is a iarge amount of commercial zoning along Texas 46. “I’m wondering if it might be wise to wait and see if all of this is really needed.” she said. Meanwhile, the shopping center, which will carry the recommendation of C-3 (commercial > zoning to City Council, is proposed for the intersection of Texas 46 South and Interstate 35. The 14 3 acres already is zoned C-4 (resort commercial). Representatives of the development said the 250.000-square-foot mall will contain about 50 stores, including three major retail stores, a food store, and a restaurant The mall is proposed to be sheltered, but not enclosed Neighbors of Lake Front Avenue and Dunlap Drive said flooding is common in the area and expressed concern about the traffic problems on Texas 46, which is already congested. they said The mall s planners showed a landscaped parking lot and a privacy fence behind the property and said they hop** to start construction in the spring Commission member John Dierksen pointed out that the area is already zoned for resort use. “It s not a question of what s going to be in here, you've got to remember how it's zoned now “And, the issue is which would you rather have.” he said, adding (hat he believed the residents would be “bet ter off" with a shopping mall than with a resort Both recommendations will go to City Council for a public hearing and three readings of an ordinance Also Tuesday, the Commission: — Approved the resubdivision of six lots of Highland Park Addition between US 81 and Stonewall into three lots for Herbert E Seibert — Granted final approval to plats for Shadow Park unit two; the resubdivision of block one. lot one of Kastner Subdivision, unit one. Gruenewood Villa Subdivision Northwoods Subdivision, unit three. Kentucky Place; and Orion Subdivision Gave preliminary approval to the plat for Canyon Heights Subdivi sion so the planning department can look into a discrepancy of a right-of-way width on the plat and the city map - Gave preliminary approval to plats for Coleman Industrial Park units one and two The planning director will be talking to representatives of the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation about the dedication of right-of-way on FM 306 Coleman is selling some property to Wornick Co for a $4 million food processing plant — Approved the master plans for Hunters Creek subdivision on Texas 46 North across from Oak Run and behind Orion subdivision, and for Coreth Ranch on Texas 46 North near Orion subdivision Police file countersuit DALLAS (AP) The Greenville police chief and another officer have filed a $57 million countersuit against Lenell Geter and five other black engineers who sued the department in connection with its investigation of a series of 1982 armed robberies. 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