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Vol. 91 — No. 255
20 Pages —2 Sections
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Martial law ends
But Polish government still has many powers
WARSAW, Poland . AP* - The communist government suspended martial law 24-hours ahead of schedule, trading military restrictions for new civil controls designed to bar repetition of the upheaval inspired by the Solidarity movement.
The suspension, at midnight Thursday caught many Poles unawares Others appeared indifferent to the edict relaxing one year and 18 days of martial law .
"I thought it was supposed to be tomorrow ,” an elderly woman told a reporter.
The regular midnight newscast by stafe radio contained a one-paragraph announcement that martial law was suspended, but there was no explanation for why it came 24 hours before dan. I. the suspension-date previously announced by the government.
After the terse announcement there were no outward celebrations in Warsaw The capital's streets were nearly deserted
"This suspension is a lot of nothing,” said a middle-aged woman walking her dog dow ntown.
The government declared the "state of war” its term for martial law — Dec 13, 1981 to crush the Solidarity union and end 16 months of political and social upheaval that followed the birth of the first independent labor movement in the Soviet bloc.
Under martial law. Solidarity was suspended and its leaders interned. Parliament officially outlawed the union Get 8 under a new labor law
that sharply curbs workers' right to strike and establishes a network of tightly-controlled state unions.
The government cemented its post-rnartial law rule on Dec. 18 when Parliament passed legislation giving it wide powers of social control to prevent any more political threats.
Martial-law chief and Communist Party leader Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski. w ho also is premier and defense minister, has warned that the harshest measures of the military crackdown could be reimposed without warning.
Jaruzelsk' has set no date for full lifting of martial law. and the 21-man Military Council of National .Salvation, which he heads, will remain as a watchdog over the civilian government.
Vice Premier Mieczyslaw Kakowski, addressing a meeting of regional administrators and the military commissars who will continue to supervise them, said, "in Poland bitter all-out struggle is being waged for the shape of the country’s polity, for the preservation of the socialist contents of our system, and it will go on over the next several years.”
One of the few visible signs of the suspension was an announcement by the Communications Ministry that automatic international telephone and telex links, severed when martial law was imposed, will be resumed and that Poles placing telephone and telegram orders through the post office will no longer be required to identify themselves.Looking back at 1982Drunk drivers claimed six lives on Comal county roads
Bv DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Perhaps there is no other turn more fitting than New Year's Eve for a year-end review of Comal County’s staggering involuntary manslaughter count in 15*82.
Six counts of involuntary manslaughter crossed the desk of Comal County District Attorney Bill Schroeder this year. That means six people died needlessly, their lives taken by three men accused of driving while intoxicated
Thomas Henry Young, 55, will go on trial Jan. IO, 1983, for involuntary manslaughter here, in connection with an auto-pedistnan accident April 17, 1982 Canyon High Sc hool’s star long distance runner Jimmie Muenich died in that accident, struck from behind while jogging on an Interstate 35 access road by Young’s Jeep Wagoneer.
Muenich was only a junior.
The other two involuntary manslaughter cases for 1982 involved Ruben l.andaverde, 23, and William Dale Savage, 22, both of San Antonio.
l^indaverde, his wife, and three children were leaving a company picnic at I .anda Park May 2, when the compact car he was driving swerved off I .anda Drive and struck a pecan tree M arie Christina l.andaverde, 27, was killed
On Oct. 30, Ruben Sauceda, his expectant wife, and their two children, Victoria and Ruben, were walking on Highway 81 West, when all four were struck from behind by Savage’s 1970 Volkswagen The father was dead at the scene, the two children died at McKenna Memorial Hospital, and Mrs Sauceda died in the early morning hours of Oct 31 at a San Antonio hospital.
The Savage incident drew much attention to the pros and cons of New Braunfels’ annual Wurstfest, whether the beer-and-sausage celebration was worth the possible price in human lives. No one ever confirmed Savage had been at the festival prior to the accident, but Schroeder has said there were four plastic cups from Wurstfest in tile front seat of Savage’s car.
Six lives may not seem like much, when compared to the death and destruction in the world
every day. But an alarming pattern is taking hold in Comal County that has officials and citizens alike highly concerned.
Pour cases involving drunk driving and death made it to the courts in 1982 In those four accidents, six persons died needlessly in 15*81. too Going back a little further is even more revealing. Involuntary manslaughter and felony driving while intoxicated cases 'meaning d.w i subsequent offenses! are lumped together in most available statistical information In comparing Comal County and Bexar County since 15*80, there were eight felony indicted d.w.I. cases in Bexar County for 1980, ll for Comal.
A year passed, and those figures more titan doubled. Comal saw 24 felony d w I cases, and 16 convictions Bexar had 26, and 14 convictions.
Statistics for 1982 aren’t available yet in most cases, but by going through the Grand Jury book for Comal County, felony d.w.i. cases this year stay ed at 24... not a record to find pride in, by any means.
See MANSLAUGHTER, Page IZAInside
Today S Woathor El PASO < AP) — A 5-year-old girl who was
abducted while on a Christmas shopping trip lias
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cold ^)t;en reunited with her mother after a six-day
through Saturday. Probability of rain is near IOO crosscountry ordeal.
percent today, 80 percent tonight and 50 percent Monica Aguilar, who disappeared Dec. 23,
Saturday. Winds will be from the northeast at 10-15 returned home Thursday night from a I 200-iiule
mph today and tonight. Sunset will be at 5:42 p.m., *nP ***** ended in E londa with the arrest of two
and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:26 a m. people.
About 30 people cheered as a smiling Monica got
p, AcciFicn I 7R off the plane here and then ran into her waiting
rruunrQ .......................i/a mo*her’sarms
^orfeef* Aon...................... ^**e couple accused of kidnapping the girl
CROSSWORD........... 10A probably intended to raise the shy, Sparush-
DEAR ABBY.........................2A speaking girl "as one of their own,” said El Paso
DEATHS............................2A FBI agent Ron Hoverson.
ENTERTAINMENT...................1 2B Robert Wayne Baxley, 39, and his wife, l.ynda
HOROSCOPE........................2A Hill Baxley, 37, both of Panama City, Fla., were
OPINIONS..........................4A arrested Wednesday on federal kidnapping
RELIGIOUS FOCUS...................5A charges.
SPORTS..........................6-8A The couple, who have two grown children,
STOCKS...........................12A remained in Florida’s Bay County Jail on $500,000
TV LISTINGS.......................10A bond each set by U.S. District Judge Lynn Higby.
WEATHER..........................2A Assistant U.S. Attorney David McGee said Mrs
Mom, stolen child reunited
Baxley admitted kidnapping Monica, but said her husband’s account differed.
"Mr Baxley has said the child w as his child I believe his words were, She’s my little girl,’ ” McGee said during the couple’s court appearance Thursday morning.
McGee said Mrs. Baxley faces 30 to 40 counts of fraud, including income tax fraud charges, in a separate federal court case.
Baxley, an unemployed electrician, and his wife, a nurse, showered the child with gifts. Bay County deputies said.
"It’s a logical assumption they took the child for the purpose of raising her,” Hoverson said "There are women like that who absolutely want a child, so they find one they like and take it.”
El Paso police investigators discovered the Baxleys had stayed in a motel near the Fox Plaza Shopping Mall where Monica disappeared while shopping with her family and the couple.
Composites of the couple, who claimed lo
See CHIU), Page 12APhone bills headed down after ruling
AUSTIN i AP i - Texas telephone customers will see a decrease in their phone bills by mid-January, even though the Public Utility Commission has given Southwestern Bell a $243 8 million rate hike The increase approved by the PUC Thursday is about half of the $471.5 million increase Bell originally sought The company put a $292 million rate hike into effect under a bond Nov. 9.
Although residential phone bills w ill be up to 90 cents higher than the official 1982 rate, customers will see about a $2 50 reduction in their monthly bill because of the higher bonded rate that is no longer valid.
Business rates will range from 5 cents above the bonded rates iii Houston to $2 40 below the bonded rates in small cities Bell also was ordered to refund the overage Blat customers’ have paid since Nov. 9 Bell Vice President Paul Both said the refunds would show up in customers’ bills in about six months. Most residential customers can expect a total refund of about $5.
Roth said the company was "deeply disappointed” with the PUC decision and said there w as a "strong possibility” Bell would appeal the case, as it has its last two rate cases Two of the commission’s three members voted to adopt a PUC hearing examiners’ report that supported the final rate figure Commissioner TG. Smith was absent due to illness, Chairman Moak Rollins said Texas Municipal league attorney Don Butler said interveners were "not deliriously happy” with tile decision, but found it acceptable “under the cir
"I don’t think Southwestern Bell can complain Blat this award at $244 million will wing it, much less wound it,” Butler told Bn* commissioners. "The commission has been very generous.”
PUC members also approved a recommendation to increase phone installation charges.
If the company installs tile phone, tile fee will tx* $95.65, up from the previous $68 45. Customer installation will now cost $64 it was $43.70.
Intrastate long-distance rates w ill go up IU percent But in a case unrelated to tin* 1983 rate hike, a court-ordered surcharge of IO percent has been iii effect since earlier this year, so phone customers won’t notice any change. The surcharge, however, w ould have ended in January The commissioners rejected a hearing examiners’ suggestion that the number of free directory assistance calls per month tx* cut from IU to five The PUC hearing examiners of which there were several, each specializing in one area of Bit* complex case were surprisingly critical of the phone company, particularly over $61 5 million iii "license contract” expenses the company wanted to pass on to Texas customers.
"License contract” expenses are paid to AT&T by its subsidiaries for vaguely defined parent company services. The commissioners agreed with the PUC staff Thursday and completely disallowed the $61.5 million.
PUC lawyer Sara Cristol complained Thursday that during hearings, even Bell officials could not explain exactly what some of
See BF.LL, Page IZA
The Christmas holiday most schoolchildren enjoy isn t all just playing with presents and goofing off It s also an opportunity for Mom and Dad to get a little extra help around the house
or in the yard, as Jason Dilworth Heft) and David Ciomperlik have found out The pair are busy cleaning a yard on S. Union