New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Page2A Herald-Zerfi/ng, New Braunfels,Texas Thursday, December 12,1985TCLU wants to broaden SA police case
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas Civil Librties Union attorney says he is not giving up efforts to turn a police brutality case into a class action suit.
Jim Harrington said Wednesday he presented to a judge evidence from 30 people who claimed they were victims of false arrest, brutality or excessive force But the judge, David Peeples, rub ed the case could not be altered into a class action The decision came in a civil rights suit filed by 19-year-old Reyes Ruiz.
Ruiz sued San Antonio police officer Milton Barrera, claiming the officer sexually abused him from 1981 to 1983
The TCLU joined the suit in September, seeking to alter the petition into a class action claiming widespread police brutality.
“I ruled it will not be expanded or broadened into a class action of all persons who allegedly have been or will be victims of police misconduct.” Peeples said Wednesday.
Raldemar Jimenez, an attorney for the city, said the judge’s ruling will expedite the case “It places a greater burden on the attempted representation that this is the tip of an iceberg,” he said. ‘'We're saying there is no iceberg.” Harrington, however, said the judge’s decision would slow the case. He said his organization presented
evidence of 30 cases of alleged police brutality.
Harrington said the TCLU plans to compile more information documenting more alleged cases of police misconduct and move again for class action in the suit.
‘‘Thirty to me is pretty significant,” said Harrington, adding that many of the cases were reported by individuals who came into his office after the TCLU joined the suit.
Barrera has been indicted for sexual abuse in the Ruiz case and faces trial in Victoria in February. He has denied Ruiz’s charges and has filed a $1 million slander suit against the 19-year-old.
The police department’s internal
affairs division investigated Ruiz’s charges and recommended Barrera’s dismissal Instead. Police Chief Charles Rodriguez suspended Barrera for ll) days but allowed him to stay on the police force.
The Ruiz case has drawn the attention of the U.S. Justice Department’s
Civil Rights Division, which has asked the FBI to investigate.
In a related development, Police Chief Charles Rodriguez said he plans to give the district attorney’s office his department’s files on police brutality complaints from citizens.
District Attorney Sam Millsap ask
ed for the records after news reports that only two of 27 citizens com plaints of excessive force by police had been forwarded to Millsap’s office.
In a news conference Tuesday, Rodriguez said he was not sure why the cases were not sent.
Brass Ring to grant wish
The Brass Ring Society, a new non profit organization dedicated to gran ting the wishes of terminally-ill children, hopes to make a local young girls dream come true before Christmas Three local professionals have donated part of their services to help set up the 11-year-old’s family in a mobile home. They are Ray Krause with Krause & Krause Drilling. Gus Reinarz with Guadalupe Gas. and Agapito Campos of Campos Electric.
H E Webber, founder of the society, said the child’s dream is to be able to hang her stocking by the chimney before Christmas.
"We hope to have the dream completed by the 16th or 17th, so the child can be in and settled well before Christmas,” Webber said.
The Brass Ring Society, which was chartered bv the State of Texas in August 1986, opened an office in New Braunfels about three weeks ago. Located at 375 Highway 46 South,
Suite No. 407, the office is manned by local representatives, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stone.
When Webber announced the office's opening, he stressed all funds raised locally will be used for children in New Braunfels only.
If someone has any questions about the society, or wishes to donate time, services or funds, contact the local representatives listed above or Webber at 1-442-4244.
New Braunfels ISD to tackle
New Braunfels ISD board will deal with construction projects at its 7:30 p.m. meeting today.
The board, meeting at New Braunfels High School library, will award bids for $18,157 in materials before Memorial Elementary opens The largest amount of money will go for library books: $9,800 Also on the agenda is the awarding of bids for the Seele re roofing job
Nine bids came in on the roofing project with Alice Roofing of San Antonio the apparent low bidder at $30,361. The estimated cost of reroofing was $37.500 Re-roofing Lamar cafeteria will be discussed and authorized for bids. Architect Steve Tillotson with Andrew Perez Architect firm will present a proposal for the job including comparison of metal and wood
Trustees will also approve a change order on the transporta-tioncenter of $2,254. That amount represents three adjustments: putting in two ramps and handrails for the disabled and increasing the slab elevation. The cost also represents additional hardware.
The board will also approve the days that school will end early.
North Texas Winter storm warning northwest through this evening Livestock and travelers advisory southwest and central through tonight Freezing rain or sleet southwest through central changing to snow by evening and accumulating up to 2 inches Rain likely east A chance of thunderstorms. Precipitation ending from the west tonight Clearing and continued very cold Friday. Highs mid 20s northwest to near 40 southeast Lows tonight teens west to low 30s southeast
West Texas: Winter storm warning early tonight for southern portion of Panhandle. South Plains, Permian Basin ami far West Texas Snow en ding far west by evening and over remainder of area by late tonight Snow accumultion 2-4 inches in warning area and 1-2 inches remainder of area through tonight Decreasing cloudiness far west early tonight and over remainder of area lait1 tonight Partly cloudy Friday Colder tonight. Not quite as cold Friday Lows tonight near 7 Panhandle to mid 2<)s southwest Highs Friday upper 20s north to upper 40s Big Bend
South Texas: Cloudy and cold tonight with light rain ending from the west Decreasing clouds but con
tinued cold F'riday with a slight chance of rain Southeast Texas Friday. Lows tonight in the mid 20s to low 30s north, to the lower 40s far south Highs F'riday mainly in the 40s to mid 50s in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Port Arthur to Port O’Connor: A small craft advisory is in effect North west winds 30 to 40 knots and gusty tonight and continuing F'riday. Seas 7 to lo feet near shore and IO to 15 feet offshore tonight A gale warning may be required later today. Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms
Port O’Connor to Brownsville: A small craft advisory is in effect. North and northwest winds 25 to 35 knots and gusty tonight and F'riday. Seas 6 to 9 feet near shore and 9 to 14 feet offshore Scattered patches of rain
South Texas: ( lear and cold Saturday Highs in the 40s Hill Country, 50s lower Rio Grande Valley, near 50 Southeast Texas Lows in the teens Hill Country, near freezing or slightly below lower Rio Grande Valley, 20s elsewhere Increasing cloudiness Sunday Highs in the 40s to near 50
north and east, 50s lower valley. Lows in the 20s north and east. 30s lower valley. Partly cloudy north and east, mostly cloudy south with a slight chance of rain Monday. Not quite as cold. Highs in the 40s to near 50 north and east, 50s lower valley. Lows in the 20s to near 30 north, 40s lower valley, 30s elsewhere.
North Texas: Mostly fair Saturday and Sunday. Increasing cloudiness Monday. Slowly moderating temperatures except turning colder west Monday Low temperatures Saturday in the mid teens to mid 2()s with highs in the 30s Lows Sunday in the 20s, highs in the 40s Lows Monday in the 20s with highs in the upper 30s to upper 40s.
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