New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Juarez convicted of robbery, handed 45-year sentenceBy DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Hector Juarez, a 32-year-old New Braunfels man, was found guilty of robbery and sentenced to 45 years in prison by a Comal County jury Wednesday.
The jury deliberated about three hours to determine Juarez’ guilt, and about an hour to decide how many years he would serve in the Texas Department of Corrections.
Juarez was convicted of robbing Martin Ruiz, also of New Braunfels, near the Daily Double lounge on June 22.
I^ast October, another Comal County jury convicted David Williford, 22, for his part in the Ruiz robbery. But Williford opted for the court to decide his punishment, and 22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay sentenced him to 20 years in TDC on Nov. 15.
For Juarez, the guilty verdict came at 1.40 p.m. Wednesday. Then District Attorney Bill Schroeder introduced into evidence the penitentiary packets on two prior convictions against Juarez to begin the trial’s punishment phase.
Those documents showed Juarez had been convicted for robbery in Comal County on June IO, 1981, and for aggravated robbery in Bexar County on Oct. 24, 1974. As evidence, they also served to enhance the range of punishment the jury was to consider to a minimum of 25 years and a maximum of 99 years or life.
Juarez was called to the witness stand by defense attorney Paul Cedillo, and asked, "What do you think the jury should do with you?”
Juarez said he was guilty in 1974, and in 1981, and he
See TRIAL, Page 15A
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Holiday Sing planned Sunday
The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council is hoping for better weather this year for its third annual Holiday Community Sing Sunday on Main Plaza.
"It may rain or turn to the 17 degrees freezer that gripped the town last year at this time, but it will not
be allowed to do so on Dec 16,” said Elizabeth Elliott, co-chairman of the event.
“I’m sure everyone who was there last year will never forget how fast we became quite friendly, huddled together for warmth while we sang "Arid the caroling clipped along at a rate that kept up with our constant jogging in place to keep the blood circulating.”
Mayor Barbara Tieken will welcome the crowds before turning the program over to Dick Morris, who will lead the singing.
The audience will hear tradtional carols, along with family holiday fun songs. The Christmas
Spirits will sing a special number, and the Holy Family Church Choir, under the direction of Rosie lagunas, will sing “Feliz Navidad” and lead everyone in “Noche de Paz” ("Silent Night”).
Traffic will be prohibited around the plaza beginning at 5 p.m. The sing is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7.
Elaine Felder, Sing chairman, recommends that people bring folding chairs and a flashlight to see the words on the sing-along sheets after dark In the event of rain, the sing will be held in Seele Parish Hall on Coll Street.
"We consider this annual event a celebration of brotherhood and the spirit of that celebration is so tangible that, for a short time, there truly is peace on earth in at least one small spot,” said Arts Council president Ixris Gerhardt. "We hope everyone turns out to experience that special feeling.”
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 241
December 13, 1984
24 Pages 2 Sections
Bhopal emptying despite assurances
A deadly gas
What is methyl isocyanate?
A highly reactive chemical composed of carbon nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen forming a colorless liquid It combines with other chemicals to produce products mostly insecticides and herbicides It is less toxic than cyanide Toxicity is greatly reduced when mixed with water or ammonia
It has been produced by Union Carbide at only two sites, for 17 years at Institute. W Va., and for five years at Bhopal India It is a basic ingredient of a Union Carbide insecticide sold as Sevin Sevm is widely used throughout the world on 150 crops among them sweet corn soy and cotton In 1975. an estimated 14 000 metric tons of methyl isocyanate and 24 OOO tons of Sevin were produced in the U S Half of the Sevm was exported
Gas vapor has an unpleasant odor and burns upon contact with any moist parts of the body lf inhaled or swallowed death may result It constricts the nasal passages making breathing difficult It irritates and damages the skin It irritates the eyes and can cause blindness It swells throat tissues constricting breathing It swells and fills the lungs with blood causing suffocation
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Skies cleared somewhat after early-monung storms, and this morning’s 50 percent chance of rain will end with decreasing clouds early this afternoon Today’s high will reach the mid-70s. Increasing cloudiness and not so warm tonight, with a 20 percent chance of ram. The low will be in the upper 50s.
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BHOPAL, India (AP) Thousands of people jammed bus and railway stations and motorists lined up at gas stations today after the government announced plans to neutralize the remaining poison gas at the Union Carbide plant where a leak killed 2,000 people IU days ago.
They joined tens of thousands w ho fled Wednesday when rumors of the government’s plan spread People sat on top of trains and clung to the sides of buses despite frantic official assurances that the neutralization proc •ess would not harm them Many struggled to climb aboard, clutching their blankets and cooking utensils.
At the Bhopal railway station, hundreds sat near the railway tracks waiting for trains to carry them away from the city.
A railway official said the outgoing traffic had increased three to five times over Wednesday, when an estimated 10.000 fled this central Indian city "Fifty percent of the population might have already left,” said Shy am Sunder Shy am. a railroad spokesman Bhopal has a population of 900.000.
The government’s announcement Wednesday that it planned to convert the remaining 15 tons of lethal gas
See INDIA, Page ISA
Burglars offer cash to victim
A house burglary in Bulverde took an ironic twist Wednesday when the homeowner was offered money for damages by three burglars w ho were caught iii the act.
Sheriffs Investigator Kermit Kroesche said the homeowner encountered the burglars still in her home when she came home from work. "She confronted them, and made them carry two television sets they already had on the truc k back into the house "Then one of the suspects opened his wallet, and offered to pay for tile damage done to the victim’s front door. She told him she didn t want his money, and called us with complete descriptions of all three persons, the vehicle and even a license plate number.”
Kroesche said the burglary was "very unusual. Most (suspects) deny their involvement to the last stitch,
See BURGLARY, Page ISAWater Watch
Clark briefs constables, heads off budget request
Comal Riva* ...............191 cf* (up 14)
Canyon lake inflow ..........116 cf* (*ani«l
Canyon Oam outflow..........150ct*l*am«)
Edwards Agurfar............ 622 81 (up OI)
Canyon Laka (aval......... 899 70 (down OI)By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County Judge Fred Clark met with the four constables Uus morning, partly to orient the three new ones and partly to nip an early budget request in the bud.
Constable elect Fidel Tamez of
precinct 4, a Republican, had already prepared a budget request for a salary increase from $5,300 per year to $16,000 and was hoping to get on the agenda Dec. 20.
He withdrew his request to be heard when he found out that he could not make such a request before
he was in office.
“This was just a meeting to let them know what was expected of them for the $450 a month they get or whatever it is,” Clark commented.
Along with the salary increase, Tamez wanted office space, a phone line to his house at $1,000 per year
anda new county car.
Incumbent constable James Ivy had also requested a new car and a salary increase up to $12,000 a year in his budget request for this year and was turned down on both The salary that commissioners approved m-
Comal County has had a policy of giving constables tile used sheriff department vehicles when new cars come in.
Tame/ as well as the other two new constables had run on platforms of giving their precincts a full-time constable, but Tamez had not
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City employees work on a wind damaged tree on East San Antonio this morning
Winds lash neighboring towns; N.B., Comal County spared
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Strong winds early this morning caused some minor electrical outages and blew over several trees in New Braunfels.
However, other Central Texas towns suffered more severe damage. The high winds had residents of Seguin and San Marcos saying a tornado swept through their areas.
Tornado-like wuids removed portions of carports and roofs rn San Marcos, while lightning
struck a house on the south side of town.
Winds reaching up to 80 mph were reported in Lockhart, and a
barn roof blew off in Martindale.
Damage in Seguin centered mainly around the eastern part of town, where utilities were knocked out and high winds shattered large windows, and blew roofs off of houses.
The fury of the storm reached this area around 6 this morning and quickly traveled north A spokesman at Hie Austin weather station said he had seen no radar
indication of tornadoes in the area.
New Braunfels Fire Department reported a quiet morning Police Ll John Wommack said there was a minor traffic accident at about 7 45 this morning which may have been caused by the slick streets
The ram that blew in with the high w inds measured 26 inches at Canyon l^ike and 42 inches at KNBT radio station on Ixiop 337. Spring Branch store reported a half-inch of ram fell there overnight.