New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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er, 7 4 SBurglary suspects jailed after high-speed chase
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A New Braunfels man and two San Antonians remain in jail on burglary charges today after their vehicle was chased by local officers down FM 3159 Monday at speeds over IOO mph.
Ted Thomas, 35, of 2523 Twin Oaks in New Braunfels was placed under $20,000 bond by Peace Justice Harold Krueger, while bond was set at $10,000 each for Perry Friesenhahn, 31, of 223 Andrews, and Santiago Pacheco, 36, of 515 E. Edmonds, San Antonio.
As of presstime today, all three men were still behind bars in the Comal County Jail.
Sheriff’s Bt. Budy Rubio said Larry Boerne, an off-duty
San Antonio defective, became suspicious Monday after lunch when he saw a 1969 yellow truck backed up to a Canyon I^ake Hills residence owned by Ronnie L. Crane.
“He (Boerne) approached the suspects," Rubio said, “and they took off in a big hurry." The San Antonio detective then called the Sheriff’s Office with the vehicle’s description and plate number to the Sheriff’s Office.
The chase began about 2:05 p.m., involving county and city officers, Department of Public Safety troopers and Mr. Boerne. Officers reported chasing the truck down EM 3159 to Highway 46 at speeds in excess of IOO mph.
“But we lost them at that point for about 20 minutes," Rubio said. “Then Sheriff’s deputy David Taylor radioed in that he had stopped the truck on (U.S. Highway) 281
heading toward San Antonio."
When the truck was stopped, the only occupant was Friesenhahn, the driver. About 30 minutes later, Rubio said trooper Mike Heitkamp apprehended Thomas and Pacheco on foot on Highway 46 near Cranes Mill Road.
Rubio said three portable television sets, a stereo-cassette player, a micro-processor and boxes of jewelry were taken from the Startzville residence.
“During the chase, they were dumping stuff on 3159,” Rubio said. “But we recovered it all intact, not shattered into bits and pieces. We’ve dusted the property for fingerprints, and Mr. Crane is supposed to retrieve it sometime today.”
He added that some of the jewelry was still inside the truck when it was stopped by Taylor.
“This was a good combined effort," Rubio said. “We had officers from the Sheriff’s Office, New Braunfels police department. San Antonio and DPS, and we netted 101 percent results with this one."
Bond on Thomas was higher than the other two, Rubio said, because of another burglary charge against him earlier this month. On Dec. 13, Thomas was arrested for his part in the burglary of a Bulverde Hills Estates residence the day before.
Thomas was one of three suspects caught inside the home of a Bulverde woman when she came home from work. The victim was reportedly offered money by Thomas to pay for the damages, but she refused and called the Sheriff’s Office instead
New Braunfels. Texas
December 26, 1984
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Crash kills Manges pilot
MARBLE KALUS < AP) Federal authorities began their investigation today into what caused the crash of a twin-engine plane belonging to Texas ram her-oilman Clinton Manges that killed the pilot of the aircraft Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board in Fort Worth and the Federal Aviation Administration flight standards district office in San Antonio began their investigations today, said FAA spokesman Walter Ernst.
“We look at such things as the certification of the airman, the certification of the plane, whether airport safety was involved." Ernst said t he N PSB determines probable cause Tommy MeFall, air safety specialist with the NTSB, said MSB chief investigator Warren Wandell ’was enroute to the scene, where he would be studying a number of possible causes to the crash
Ii will be looking .it th* condition the aircraft, its history and what human factors may have been involved. MeFall said The victim, whose body was burned beyond recognition, was identified as Manges’ pilot. Ray McClellan, >0, of Horseshoe Bay in Llano County, said Dpartment of Public Safety spokesman I .an y
Manges’ wife Associated Pres; alive
We’re just glad lo report it’s not Clinton lie s fine. He called me," Mrs Manges said early Unlay Ma iou Manges. 2U. said she talked to lier father by telephone from Houston almost tour hours after accident.
The twm-engme Cessna Conquest crashed and exploited at afjout 8:20
Ruth, told the her husband was
p.m. Tuesday night at the T P. Ranch northwest of Austin, Todd said.
Todd said the 10-passenger plane was identified as belonging to Manges by the craft’s tail number, which is" N441CM. ll said it was registered to the Clinton Manges Oil and Refining Co. of Austin.
Manges is a principal owner of the San Antonio Gunslingers of the United States Football league and he has ranching, banking and oil interests in South Texas.
The foreman of the ranch where the plane went down heard the plane overhead and thought it was flying tin) low , said Llano County Constable Tom Hall.
“He said he knew it sounded Uh) lo vs He saw the glow on impact, an orange glow under the fog.” said Hall.
The plant* came to a stop near a small clump of t*ak trees after skidding some 300 y ards, Hall said
Hail said there was no evidence to indicate there was more than one person in the plane when it crashed He -aid the body. which was found in tile cockpit, was “extremely burned."
At the time of the crash, the area was covered by heavy fog and drizzle, making visibility very difficult, Hall said.
The only thing left of the left side of the plane was “some floor, a bunch of ash and some scrap," Hail said.
Asked if there was any speculation as to what caused Hie crash. Hall said No. There are sure as hell not any instruments left to read."
The right wing was almost completely severed from aircraft, which is trimmed in black and blue However, the "CM" brand of Manges’ ranch w as still visible on the plane's tail section
West Texas star
Snyder is not exactly a prime breeding ground for soap opera stars. But Brad Maule, who recently landed the leading role in “General Hospital,” hails from tliat West Texas town See Page 8B
Tiny Chammade of Hawaii pulled yet another basketball upset on Tuesday, knocking off previously unbeaten Southern Methodist 71-70 on the final tick of the clock Sports, Page 6A
Today s Weather
It will be cloudy and cool this afternoon, with a 20 percent chance of light rain or drizzle. Today’s high will reach about 55, with tonight’s low dropping to 50. Tomorrow’s high will be about 62. Yesterday’s high was 67 and this morning’s low was 64. The sun will set today at 5:38 and rise tomorrow at 7:23 a in.
Hanging victim dies in San Antonio
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Mary Ruth Bell Grote, 22. died at 11:30 ain. Monday at Humana Hospital San Antonio after her husband signed a release to take her off life-support machines, Sheriff Walter T ellers said.
(irote. also known as Debbie Bell, had been a prisoner at Comal County
Jail until Dec. 19 when she attempted suicide by hanging herself with a rope made of bedsheets She was found unconscious by a sheriff's deputy who had been alerted by another female prisoner.
“We will have to send in a report to the attorney general’s office." T ellers said because she died as a result of an incident that happened in jail.
Grote first was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where she was in the intensive care unit in a coma. She never regained conciousness.
When her condition did not improve. she had been transferred to the San Antonio hospital Friday for an evaluation as a possible organ donor for a transplant, ber mother said.
Her relatives, including her mother, had been involved before she
was moved to San Antonio, and agreed to donating of suicide victim’s kidney when the doctors completed
The 22-year-old woman had been in jail for two months for a parole violation and an assault charge. The original conviction that sent her to the penitentiary was forgery and possession of an controlled substance
Texas death toll 40
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Forty people died on state highways during the four-day Christmas holiday weekend, including one man whom authorities said w as holding a liquor bottle when his body was removed from the vehicle.
Department of Public Safety spokesman David Wells said state officials were pleased the final count was less than the 53 they had been predicting for the 102-hour holiday traffic period.
“We believe increased awareness among motorists about DW1 (driving while intoxicated) along with increased enforcement helped keep the count lower,” Wells said.
None of the fatalities were recorded in Comal County. A New Braunfels woman died alter a one-
car crash Monday, but that wreck may have been caused by a cerebral hemmorhage
Troopers bad to pull a liquor bottle out of the hand of one man killed in a fiery five-car crash near Refugio during the weekend, said DPS spokesman Larrry Todd “We still know that alcohol is play mg a major role in the fatalities we’re experiencing," Todd said.
The holiday traffic death count began at 6 p.m. CST Friday and ended at midnight Tuesday, I .ast year, 34 people died during a 78-hour Christmas holiday period, and the DPS lad estimated 53 would die on Texas highways this Christmas.
Among the latest reports in the death count :
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Funeral services Thursday for former Herald carrier
The cause of death is pending toxicology test results at tile Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office for a for a New Braunfels Herald Zeituny carrier who died Sunday.
Mary Luis Jeffrey, 42, of 770 Merry Place died in a San Antonio hospital after her car had struck a telephone pole on Walnut Avenue for unknown reasons and flipped over earlier that morning. She was in the middle of delivering her Sunday morning newspapers when the one-car accident occurred.
Miss Jeffrey was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels Emergency
Medical Service personnel around 6 30 a m. Sunday . She was transferred to Methodist Hospital m San Antonio at 7:40 a.iii A Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman said Wednesday, “We’re doing a series of blood w ork before we can determine the cause of death This usually takes from four to six weeks.”
The carrier’s mother, Itasca Jeffrey, said doc tors had told her Mary Leis “may have had a massive cerebral hemorrhage, and that’s why she went up the (telephone) pole. But we don’t know that for sure.”
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Common sense about drinking
Local policeman wages
1 -man war against DWI
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Paul Harst s slides tell the story
By DEBBIE DLOACH
Paul Harst deals with alcohol and its aftermath just about every day. but he’s no alcoholic. He’s a New Braunfels police officer.
He started with the force in 1979. He’d seen and heard enough one year later to vow never to touch the stuff again.
“Driving and drinking is like taking a loaded pistol and shooting someone. As police officers, we don’t go one night without going to a problem relating to alcohol." Harst said “A lot of them are family disturbances, and that's where a lot of police officers get killed ”
On-duty, Harst is willing to take that risk and others. Off-duty. he has launched a personal campaign to increase local public awareness of alcohol and its aftermath.
“About 24 years ago. I arrested an intoxicated 16-year-old. He had no idea where he was at. where he’d been, or what he was saying," Harst said to a group of Jaycees at a recent luncheon. "I called his parents, and they were mad at me - not him.
“That’s when I decided if parents don't care enough to educate their kids about alcohol,
His presentation was full of eve-opening statistics, complimented by a film on a 60 Minutes segment called You're Under Arrest." After the film, a slide show depicted grisly wreck scenes from local accidents over
the past three years. There was
only one alive person on those slides.
“In police business, they call this shock treatment I call it reality." Harst said.
His original intention was to take bis presentation to local high schools only. Now Harst has moved in on tile club circuit, sharing his program with clubs and organizations at least three times a month
“In Texas alone, one person is ( killed every two hours and 17 minutes because of DWI driving while intoxicated), and one person is injured every two minu* *s and 32 second- ' Harst said
DPS has predicted as many as 53 persons will die over the Christmas holidays, and intoxicated drivers will account for over half of those deaths But some of Hurst s statistics dealt strictly with New Braunfels. Of those 17 years and younger. 449 were arrested for being intoxicated in the New Braunfels area in 1982-83. Thirty-one of those were 16 years of age or younger, and 54 of them were charged with DWI “I see what alcohol does, arid it's so accepted here. There are beer busts almost every weekend." Harst said * The dismembered bodies you’re about to see are not staged like those in Hollywood. They're reality.”
Harst said his audiences always get quiet when the slide show starts, and even quieter at
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