New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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MIAMI (AP) — Police kept roads to a black slum sealed off today after a night of looting and violence by rock-tossing gangs angered when a Hispanic policeman critically wounded a black man at a video arcade. One looter was killed by police.
Seven people were hurt in the Tuesday night disturbance in the Overtown area, and police spokesman Mike Stewart said 29 people had been arrested by early today.
At least three police cars and two journalists’ cars were burned and a group of about 20 young men was seen swarming a young white woman, who was stripped of her clothes.
It was Miami’s worst disturbance since a May 1980 riot claimed 18 lives and caused $100 million in property damage.
An 84-square-block area remained sealed off, with exit ramps on a nearby highway closed, and about 50 officers equipped with riot gear were
on patrol, said Stewart.
“Now it’s real quiet,’’ he said this morning. “There’s only sporadic incidents of rocks and bottles being thrown.’’
He said “a substantial number” of officers would stay in the area all day.
The man whose shooting by police prompted the violence, Nevell Johnson Jr., 21, was in critical condition today at Jackson Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound in the head. Two witnesses claimed the
shooting was unprovoked.
Community leaders warned that violence might flare again, since Overtown is near the site of the Orange Bowl Parade on New Year’s Eve, and the Orange Bowl college football game on New Year’s Night.
“This weekend, that neighborhood is going to be a dangerous place,” said Bill Perry, president of the local chapter of People United to Save Humanity, who said he walked the streets to try to quell violence.“These people are mad. We
can probably expect a lot more trouble.”
Perry said he thought many rioters wanted to avenge the shooting of Johnson. After he was wounded, two or three officers investigating the shooting were trapped in the arcade by an angry mob for about an hour before they could be freed with a tear gas assault, police said.
The Rev. Theoford Johnson, w ho was conducting church services a few blocks from the center of the
disturbance, said: “People took to the streets in resentment of the shooting. They were mad, just like in the riots a few years ago.”
Miami’s black neighborhoods erupted in 1980 after an all-white jury in Tampa acquitted four white policemen in the beating death of black businessman Arthur McDuffie. That riot was centered in Liberty City and also .spread to Overtown, five miles away.
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WEDNESDAY December 29,1982 25 cents
Vol. 91 - No. 253
32 Pages — 4 Sections
So long, Judge
Wommack looks back
at 12 years in charge
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
It’s a well known fact around the County Courthouse that you won’t find Max Wommack in the afternoon until after 1:30 That's when his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns is over and that’s when Wommack returns to his office — not a minute before. That one trait has caused the outgoing county judge considerable teasing throughout the years.
In two days, however, the silver-haired Wommack won't have to worry about the teasing or the rushing back to the Courthouse.
On Saturday he will officially step down from a 12-year term as Comal County Judge and turn the reins of the county over to incoming County Judge Fred Clark.
Sitting in an office Tuesday afternoon which once w as cluttered w ith his belongings but now stands almost bare, Wommack remembered his term of office arid the many changes he’s seen in the county since 1970 In the last 12 years, Wommack has watched the population of the county almost double, causing the county budget to increase from the less than one-miUion-dollar figure it amounted to in the early 1970s to the more than $5 million bundle it is today As head of Commissioners Court. which each year must review and adopt the county’s budget, Wommack knows first-hand how this growth affected the county.
The law enforcement (Sheriffs Department i has more than tripled in size in the last 12 years,” said Wommack. “We’ve seen organized (sheriffs) reserves — before they were i on a) volunteers < basis I.” During his term, Wommack also saw electronic modernization begin to take a hold of the county in the Sheriff Department’s radio system and the computer system now utilized by the offices of the County Auditor, District Attorney, County Attorney, District
Clerk and Sheriffs Department.
“There's been growth in all departments of the county." he noted, pointing to the County Road Department, whose budget has increased from $175,000 in the early 1970s to more tlian $650,000 this year.
There is one area of the county, however, which Wommack has seen decrease in size — the county jail “That,” Wommack said. “has diminished in size.”
Meeting the growing needs of the “county’s justice system" is what Wommack now considers to be the county’s top problem.
Currently the county is planning for a new county jail, which according to an out-of-court federal lawsuit settlement (Still needing the federal court’s approval) must be ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985 Wommack said Tuesday he hopes that new jail will be built “big enough” to meet the county’s needs through at least the year 2000.
As for the people of the county passing a bond issue to pay for the jail’s construction. Wommack said I don’t see it passing easily when ifs presented in 198.3 but if all the ground work is laid properly — which is being done now I think the people will pass it."
In addition to the growth and modernization experienced by the county and the Courthouse during his term, Wommack has also seen the function of his own office increase “Ifs much more time consuming and more demanding of tune," said Wommack. who noted that he’d devoted full-tim» to the office. “The probate work has at least doubled and the mental illness and alcoholism cases (in probate court) have also increased at a rather alarming rate.” Although the county judge is probably best known for sitting as head of Commissioners Court, a considerable amount of his tune is spent in probate court hearing such
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After 12 years as Comal County Judge, Max Wommack is retiring. Above, he puts his feet up at the table he ran Com misstoners' Court meetings from; Below left, he listens to a
question as his tenure winds down and below right, he marks another day oft an all year calendar, one day closer to a well deserved retirement
Property tax statements now arriving in Comal ISD
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal Independent School District patrons began receiving 1982 tax statements Monday, thanks to the U.S. Postal Service.
“We’re mailing out between 47,000 and 48,000 statements, and hope to get all of them in the mail by Thursday," said CISD Tax Axsessor-Col lee tor E W. Neuse.
The statements will reflect a 65.5 cent per HOO valuation tax rate, approved by CISD board of trustees Dec. 7. The trustees had initially considered a 68.5 rate, because of the distinct probability that General Portland Inc., and Texas Industries Inc., will not pay their taxes again this year.
Together, the two industries owe the school district over $651,000 in unpaid taxes. GPI lias filed suit against the Comal County Appraisal District, protesting its appraised values for this year. And if last year’s precedent is followed, the school district will be left with a contingency fund of less than $60,000, after GPI’s taxes are subtracted.
With the 68.5 rate, which was not approved, the
district’s contingency fund would have ballooned to $248,000. even without GPI’s tax dollars.
The 65.5 tax rate represented a three percent increase over last year’s effective tax rate. Tax statements were delayed to CISD patrons, because the CIS!) Tax Office did not have the necessary information from the Appraisal District until recently
Despite the delay, Neuse said penalties for failing to pay one’s taxes will be enforced, beginning on Feb. I, 1983 Penalties will include: 7 percent on Feb. I, 9 percent on March 1,11 percent on April 1,13 percent on May J, and 15 percent on June I.
For those who wish to pay their taxes in person, the CISD Tax Office on Highway 81 East will be open from 8 a.in to 5 p.in. through Thursday, and from 8 a in. to 2 p m. Friday.
“Even those people who haven’t received their statements in the mail, and would like to pay their taxes for 1982 credit, can call us or come by the office,” Neuse said. “We’ll look up their amount, and take their remittance. We’re trying to accommodate everyone as much as possible."Today',weather Holiday break insSS! Local mini-warehouses burglarized
Winds wull be north to northeast at 15-20 mph today, DYANNE FRY
then northeasterly at 10-15 mph tonight There is a 50 St.jff percent chance of light rain or drizzle tonight, and a
70 percent chance of rain I hursday. Somebody did his Christmas
Rangers Win shopping on the no-payment plan
The Snuthson Valley Rangers stretched their Two New Braunfels mini-storage basketball record to 13-2 with a 45-31 win over the complexes were raided on or about New Braunfels Unicorns Tuesday night at Unicorn Dec. 22.
gym. New Bruanfels put up a good fight, especially Police investigator Mario Guerrero in the second quarter, but they were outgunned by lias reports on 20 separate tin1 Rangers, led by Rocky Neuman’s 21 points. See burglaries, with stolen items totaling Page 4A at least $19,(MMI in value. The
CLASSIFIED 9 UA burglaries occurred at Ralph Curtis
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Guerrero believes the raid occurred at “around lunchtime" on Dec. 22 A witness reported seeing a white moving van w ith a badly Smoking exhaust pipe at about that tune
lf any body has seen a truck like that, they might give us a call," lie commented Most of the burglarized storage units were equipped with large Master locks. Guerrero has found the remains of one lock, cut through by bolt cutters. The thieves took the rest w ith diem
‘We’re lucky to have one," the detective said. lf a suspect is apprehended, it may be possible to match the lock to the tool that cut it.
This case strongly resembles a string of burglaries that occurred iii New Braunfels last May. Guerrero said One of the first things he did was to check on the man believed to have been responsible for those.
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