New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Americans celebrate Christmas by sharing with the needy
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Americans demonstrated their "good will to men” on Christmas by giving freely of time, money, food and clothing to the nation’s needy and by sharing with their families the joy of the holidays.
In Washington, President and Mrs. Reagan spent Christmas Day at the White House exchanging gifts before a festive dinner, joined by Mrs. Reagan’s brother, Dr. Richard Davis, and his family and other guests. The Reagans’ children were not on hand this year.
Artificial heart recipient William Schroeder, hospitalized in Louisville, Ky., since the implant a month ago, spent Christmas Day visiting with members of his family, who said Schroeder's "gift of life” was the best present they could have had.
In Madison, Wis., Marine Corps veteran Thomas F. Miller, director of the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project Inc., donned battle dress, left his family and stood vigil in the statehouse in memory of servicemen missing from the Vietnam War.
"The veterans should not be forgotten,” said Miller, 43. "The war should not be forgotten. We don’t want our children to get involved in such a war.”
Volunteers in Los Angeles rolled .shopping carts piled with donated clothing to two blue-and-white tents and a tepee next to City Hall, where about 300 homeless people spent Christmas Eve and Christmas.
"God bless these people, God bless these people,” a grizzled Freddy Johns, 04, said of the tent city organizers.
"You look around, you see the faces, you know what Christmas is for,” said restaurant owner Joe Garcia, w ho prepared his third annual meal for the elderly.
"Some of these people only see each other once a year, and that’s here. Today, at least, they have someone to talk to. someone to share with.”
In Oklahoma City, 6,000 people were served more than a ton of turkey and trimmings at the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner, named after a state legislator who started it 40 years ago as a party for the needy. Friends and relatives have carried on the tradition since Andrews’ death in 1977.
Rita Swiener spent the day distributing to St. Louis’ needy children the $2,500 in gifts she spent the year collecting. The psychology professor has been playing Santa’s helper since her college days, spurred by her lonely holiday seasons as a young girl in an orphanage.
"It’s really fun, although it does get a little bit overwhelming at times,” she said. "But you should see these kids when you walk in with all the presents.”
Postman fired for giving Christmas cards
BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A letter carrier who deposited unstamped Christmas cards in his customers’ mailboxes as he had done for seven years was "hung without a trial” by officials who fired him after refusing the man’s offer of payment, his wife says.
Marie DePlanche donned a Santa Claus outfit and picketed the post office where her husband, Frank, worked after the 29-year veteran of the postal service was informed he would be without a job after Jan. 9.
Mrs. DePlanche said the incident also landed her husband in the hospital for the holiday, suffering the effects of stress.
DePlanche left a Christmas card last week in each of about 545 mailboxes on his route, just as he’d done the past seven years, she said.
This time, postal officials say someone complained, and DePlanche was confronted about the cards Thursday by the postmaster and two inspectors, she said. "They won’t say who complained. We don’t even know if ifs real. We’ve been hung without a trial."
Mrs. DePlanche said her husband admitted placing the cards in the boxes and offered to pay the postage, but the officials wouldn’t accept the money.
She said she was so angry that she donned a Santa Claus suit and sandwich sign Monday and picketed the Brighton Post Office.
The sign read: "Merry Christmas. My husband wa T fired from this post office Saturday for giving his customers a Christmas card. He’s been a mailman for 29 years. Yes Virginia, there really is a Scrooge. Happy holidays.”
She said she was picketing when she was told that her 47-year-old husband was hospitalized for a suspected heart problem.
"I have no doubt ifs because of (he firing),” Mrs. DePlanche said. "I have a happy-go-lucky Mr. Wonderful. Nothing bothers him."
But she said the dismissal notice “has destroyed his life. His retirement, his pension, is gone.”
"He didn’t realize he committed a crime that would ruin his life.” Mrs. DePlanche said. "His intentions were only the best. He likes to communicate with his customers.”
Attempts to contact postal officials for comment were unsuccessful Tuesday, when calls to Brighton’s post office went unanswered.
Friends of actor Stacy Keach fail in attempt to visit him
Americans from coast to coast embodied the Christmas spirit by giving freely of time, money, food and clothing to the nation's needy and by sharing with their families the joy of the holidays.
NEW YORK (AP) — Two friends of actor Stacy Keach, w ho is serving nine months in an English prison for taking $6,000 worth of cocaine into the country, say they fear he may have been roughed up in prison. But officials dismiss the report as "a figment of someone’s imagination.”
Pulitzer-prize winning playwright-actor Jason Miller and William McAndrew became concerned after they were turned away over the weekend by authorities at Reading Prison near London, where they believe Keach is being held, the New York Daily News reported today.
They were unsuccessful in a second
attempt to contact Keach while posing as ministers, and were told only that the actor had been taken to the prison infirmary suffering from a bad back, Miller said.
"The official said that Keach had had a bad back before he came into prison, but he’s never had back trouble in his life,” he said
McAndrew said he contacted a relative, reportedly close to prison officials, who told him Keach “had apparently been involved ui some sort of a battle and had been placed in solitary confinement and then taken to the hospital,” the News reported.
But a spokesman for the British Home Office, which supervises British prisons, said, "He is not ill. He hasn’t been assaulted. He hasn't been in any fight. The story that’s circulating is a figment of someone’s imagination.”
Asked why the friends weren’t allowed to visit Keach, the spokesman, who declined to be identified, said.
"You can’t simply knock at the door of a British prison and expect to see somebody . Visits are regulated. They are rationed. They take time to arrange and are allowed only when the prisoner wishes the visit and the governor approves."
2 Sheriffs jailers will get new duties
Brian John, recently named chief deputy by Sheriff Waller F ellers, will keep his present duties along with his new responsibilities, the sheriff said.
; “We don’t plan to name anyone right away to take that position,” Fellers said.
John will begin Jan. I. taking the place of Victor Streigler who will retire at the end of this year.
Jailers George Gonzales and Michael Doerr will change duties, the sheriff said. Gonzales will move into investigations and Michael Doerr will be put on patrol.
The new budget allows for two new deputies along with two paper servers.
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Walford P. I>ehman, 64, of Alvin was killed at 3:55 p.m. Christmas Day in a head-on collision one mile northwest of Copeland on Farm Road 166U in Williamson County.
Sotero Sanchez Gonzales, 21, ot Richmond died at 11:41) p.m. Monday after his motorcycle ran off a roadway about a half-mile south of Crabb in Fort Bend County.
Randy DeLeon, I. died Tuesday from head injuries he .suffered un Christmas Eve in a two-vehicle accident in El Paso.
Two Midland men were killed and three other people were hospitalized from a head-on accident between two vehicles on Christmas Eve about two miles southeast of Andrews at an intersection of two county roads.
Killed in the 6.18 p.m. accident Monday were William Lawrence Clark, 67, and Claude Milton Thompson, 62, both of Midland. They were passengers in separate vehicles.
Thelma M. Meador, 79, of Sweeny was killed shortly after 6 p.m. Monday when she was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked home after checking her mail box. about eight miles northwest of West Columbia on Farm Road 1459 in Brazoria County.
Jack Sidney MeMellon, 56. of Houston died early Tuesday from injuries suffered when the vehicle he was in was struck broadside by another vehicle at 7:11) p.in. Monday at an intersection in Harris County.
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its conclusion. Some get up and leave the room. Ohers stay and watch until the bitter, bloody end Either way. Harst said, “I’m not asking for any miracles. I don’t expect you guys to go home and purge your refrigerator. All I ask is that you think before you drink and drive.
"I do this program on my time off. I paid for the film. I took the pictures. And I do this because it’s that important to me.
"Drink if you have to,” he added. "Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car and endanger yourself and others. Please think before you drink and drive.”
Child still critical after HEB shooting
SAN ANTONIO, Texas i AP > A 3-year-old girl shot in the head during a grocery store robbery last week remained in critical condition today, officials at Santa Rosa Hospital said Police said they have no suspects yet in the Dec. 17 wounding of Mahogany White, shot during a holdup at an H E B grocery store The child, who is in a coma, was visited on Christmas Day by Mayor Henry Cisneros.
"She seems to be doing a little better," Cisneros told reporters outside the intensive care unit at the hospital.
"Her body is responding Now it’s just a matter of time to see if she wakes up.” he said.
Officials said a fragment of a .38-caliber bullet remains lodged near the base of her brain.
Police are looking for two men who brandished a handgun and a shotgun during the early morning holdup at the grocery store.
The child was at the store with her motlier Joan White, who has kept a vigil at her daughter s side at the hospital since the shooting No one else was hurt in the robbers
3 die in crash near Bracketvii/e
BRACKETTVILLE, Texas (AP) Authorities today located the wreckage of a Cessna aircraft that crashed in heavy fog during the night in a rugged area near the Mexico border, killing three people and injuring two children.
The survivors, a girl about ll years old and a boy approximately 7 years old, were taken by ambulance to Val Verde Memorial Hospital mDel Rio, Department of Public Safety spokesman Larry Todd said.
“The trooper said the children were walking around the wreckage” when he arrived, Todd said.
A nursing supervisor said both were conscious but she had no other report on their conditions.
The plane, which was reported overdue in Del Rio and missing Tuesday night, was spotted today by a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter.
Authorities had been conducting a ground search but were unable to search from the air until morning, Todd said. The fog and rugged terrain hampered rescue efforts at the Kinney County crash scene east of Del Rio, officials said.
Todd said authorities had not yet determined the plane’s flight plan or the identity of the victims.
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Graveside services for Miss Jeffrey will be at I p.m. Thursday in the Woodlawn Garden of Memories in Houston. The Rev. Enc Anderson of Houston will officiate under the direction of Zoeller Funeral Home.
Her remains will lie in state at Zoeller until 9 a m. Thursday.
She was born on Dec. IO, 1942 in Houston. She had lived in New Braunfels for two years, and had worked as a Herald Zeitung carrier since Dec. 8,1983 She was also a member of the First Methodist Church.
Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William P. Jeffrey of New Braunfels, and her sister, Mrs. William (Alta) Palmer of Oklahoma.
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