New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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December 6, 1984
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Murder trial moved here
Bomb scare empties Comal ISD office
An anonymous bomb threat at the Comal ISH Central Administration Office on Highway 81 East turned out to be a hoax this morning.
Dave Johnson, CISD’s public relations man, said receptionist Joyce Graham received three telephone calls about 9: IS a.m. where the caller hung up before she could say anything.
“On the fourth call, he told her a bomb would go off in IO minutes," Johnson said.
The Central Office was evacuated
The police were called, and they called the fire department.
At least four police officers went to the scene, along with seven firefighters. Fire Chief Jack Wilson and Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn.
"We looked everywhere we possibly could, and found nothing," Firefighter Lawrence Intrau said.
The incident was over in about an hour Johnson said it was probably the first bomb threat ever to the ITSD Central Office
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HOUSTON ( AP) A judge says he decided to move a 17-year-old youth’s murder trial to New Braunfels because officials there were willing and because the town is not a “big news area.”
State District Judge I.D. McMaster ordered Wednesday that David Port’s trial be moved to the Comal County community about JO miles northeast of San Antonio.
“The time has not been set," McMaster said “The attorneys have to get together with me and arrangements for that."
The judge said, however, that it was likely the trial would begin “at the end of February or the first of March.”
Port is free on $20,000 bond. He is accused of shooting Debora Sue Schatz. 23. to death June 7. Ms. Schatz disappeared while delivering mail in the Ports' affluent neighborhood. Her body was found in a remote area of northwest Harris County.
Investigators searching the Port home found bullet holes in the stairwell and blood on the steps.
McMaster said officials of the Comal County court “welcomed us. They were very receptive We had sounded out a number of other places."
He declined to name the other candidates.
On Monday, McMaster granted a defense motion to move the much-publicized case out of Houston on the grounds that Port could not receive a fair trial rn Harris Count)
Besides granting the change of venue, the judge on Monday also slapped a gag order barring attorneys and others involved in the Port case from .speaking about it
See MURDER, Page 12A
Port trial not the first
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The murder trial of David Port,
accused of slaying a 23-year-old mail carrier, has become the third Houston area court case to be moved to Comal County in 13 years.
State District Judge LD. .McMaster ordered Wednesday the Port trial be held outside Harris County because of extensive publicity there on the carrier's death and the refusal of Port's parents to testify before a grand jury against their son M< Master said New Braunfels was not among several sites agreed on defense attorneys and prosecutors, but was chosen by McMaster because the judge there was the most receptive to his request He stated New Braunfels is not a “big news area," and that also influenced his decision 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer was serving as a visiting judge in Brownwood today, and was unavailable for comment. However, Court Administrator Martin Allen said. "I do know Judge Mc Ma** •• n-
tacted Judge PL ult*. . . me
change of venue ruling was made. I know they talked, but I don't know what they talked about."
Port. 17. is charged with murder in the June 7 shooting of mail tarrier Debra Sue Schatz Port s parents were jailed for two See TRI AU Page 12 A
Tehran hijackers kill 2 more passengers
Threats renewed ; no confirmation on diplomat
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Hijackers holding a jetliner at Tehran airport today killed at least two more passengers and renewed their threats to kill Americans on the plane. Iran’s official media reported.
The officials Iranian news agency said the hijackers, who had killed one passenger and wounded an on-board security guard shortlly after they commandeered the Kuwait Airways plane Tuesday, today killed two more passengers.
Tehran radio also said two
passengers were killed today, but it was not clear if both agencies were referring to the same two killings or if there had been a third.
There was no information on the identity of the latest victims other than an Islamic Republic News Agency report that the first victim killed today was a Kuwaiti
The five Arabic-speaking hijackers earlier said the passenger killed Tuesday was an American diplomat, but the U.S. State Department said there was no confirmation of that report.
Today’s killings reportedly-followed demands by the hijackers that the pilot and co-pilot, apparently suffering from exhaustion, be replaced.
The hijackers today allowed food to be delivered to the plane for the first time since landing in Tehran. They also allowed a medical team and a deaning crew on board after the first reported killing today but before the most recent.
Members of a deaning crew were quoted by IRNNA as saying the roughly 90 hostages still on board —
the hijackers earlier released 67, mostly women and children — were tied to their seats with ropes.
The U.S. State Department said at least five Americans were among the passengers when the jetliner was hijacked en route from Kuwait to Pakistan, including two women who were released and three officials of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
The hijackers have demanded the release of prisoners in Kuwait.
See HIJAC K, Page 12A
The flight from Kuwait is grounded in Tehran
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The forecast for today and Friday is clear and cold with temperatures reaching the mid-50s today and dropping to the uppt*r-20s overnight. Friday the temperatures should reach the low-OOs Wednesday’s high was 53, and this morning’s low was 34. Sunset tonight will be at 5:32 p.m. and sunrise Friday will be at 7:13 am.
President Reagan, freezing some programs while deep freezing others, is tentatively calling for elimination of federal revenue sharing for the states and phasing out subsidies for mass transportation as part of a plan to slash domestic spending by nearly $34 billion next year. See Page 5A
No tax increase due in Garden Ridge budget
Gregory-Portland Coach Hay duns has a reputation for blowing p opponents’ reputations, and the rend continues with this week’s pponent, New Braunfels, hursday Special, Page 8A
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The tax rate at Garden Ridge will remain at 15 cents per $100 valuation, although next year’s proposed expenditures will increase about $17,000
The 1985 budget, approved by City Council Wednesday night, shows an expected income of $111,095 — that’s $27,240 over last year’s income of $83,845.
City leaders anticipate expenditures to total about $106,095.
Added to both of those subtotals is "carry over,’’ or as Mayor Paul Davis explains it, money just collected. For example, he said, it’s money collected from this year’s ad valorem taxes due in January of next year, but paid early.
The city’s entire building fund
($16,800) is carry-over money.
The city’s contingency fund will receive $3,500 of the carry-over money, while Bracken Volunteer Fire Department will get $1,500 of that money.
City Council last month tentatively had agreed to give the fire department $2,500 of its $5,0o0 contingency fund. Irater, the council said. it could review the department’s budget and consider giving it the remaining $2,500.
However, last night, councilwoman Bobbie l<andrum said she would not like to eliminate the contingency fund.
"I do not want to see us completely do away with the contingency fund." Landrum said. "We did agree to spend a portion of it on the fire department. But if we do go $2,500 now and $2,500 later, of course, we
would alleviate the fund ”
Members of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department told Council last month that Comal County would no longer completely support the department because there was an incorporated city (Garden Ridge) in its service area.
The county gives volunteer fire departments $5,000 from the general fund for each fire station in the service area.
Councilman Ned Craigmile said last night that the $1,500 would “give the fire department somtethmg to go back to the county with to say Yes, we did support them’.
“And it gives them back what they lost (in the maintenance fund) from the county. This is necessary to demonstrate a good-faith effort from the city.’’
The largest dollar increase for next
year conies under the category of road construction, with $73,065 expected to be spent in 198a compared to $a9,220 spent last year Approximately $2,800 of the $4,200 set aside for fuel and repair of police vehicles will come from revenue sharing money Last year, $2,400 was spent on police communications equipment and 14.2(H) on police car fuel, repair and maintenance. All of that was revenue sharing money Secretarial expenses decreased $800 because there is no longer a secreatary at city hall The two “regular" police officers will buy, for $7,500, a 1983 car that belongs to a reserve officer The ear now being used was donated to the city and may be sold
See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 12A
Old high school restoration project nears $50,000
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
New Braunfels ISD’s old Mill Street high school is less than $11,000 away from being remodeled.
A fund-raising committee is
collecting money to convert the old school into an administrative office building
The goal of $60,000 will pay to weatherproof the building’s exterior, while the interior will be paid for with bond money approved by voters in
May, 1983. As of today, $49,576 has been donated to the fund Most of this money has come from individuals who attended the old school, but others in the community have supported the project too, Oliver Haas, a member of the
committee in charge of the fundraising project said.
"I look at this as building as part of the downtown and we want to revitalize our downtown area At the same time we have a ( hance to save a historical structure," Haas said
Santa Claus's sleigh gets a pull from three Unicorns instead of the usual reindeer at this house on Oakwood
Boulevard. The New Braunfels Unicorns hope to have a merry Christmas (or December, anyway) in the state 4A
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playoffs, as they meet Gregory Portland Friday night in the regional finals. Details in Sports