New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Victim’s relative glares at Nichols
Bbl Hall, president, and Joyce Kokxftzto, members of Quads Coma Garden Club, decorate a Landa Parte bridge with garland and red bows. Guada Coma Garden Chib, Cornel Garden Club and Four Seasons Garden Club decorated three bridgee over Comal River In Landa Park to bring Christmas chaar to perk visitors. Each dub provided Ka own decoratlone.
Brother of mon in day-cero etondoff atogoa a standoff
McKinney (AP) — Two weeks ago, James Riccardo Lipscomb charged up and down police barricades at a day-care center, complaining officers wouldn’t let him talk to his brother holding 80 children hostage inside.
On Tuesday, Lipscomb was involved in a standoff of his own, holding his estranged common-law wife and two of their three children hostage at a public housing complex, police said.
Assistant police chief Ray Simmons said Lipscomb, who made no demands, indicated late Tuesday afternoon he might be ready to surrender.
Simmons said police were willing to wait as long as it took for the standoff to end peacefully.
Police said the siege began Monday night when Lipscomb. 38, threatened the woman with a knife after finding another man in her apartment. He then holed up with the woman and (heir. IJpe children, ages 12, 9 and 7. He Tri the 9-year-old boy leave two hours later.
Norwegian Cruise Linos says It won't pull out of Houston
HOUSTON (AP) — The
president of Norwegian Cruise Lines, which runs a cruise out of Houston criticized by passengers as '‘the cruise from hell” and “voyage of the damned,” says the company will continue operating out of Houston.
Pulling the plug on the Norwegian Star would have pulled the plug on Houston’s cruise industry. The Star is the Port of Houston’s only cruise ship, but power failures aboard the ship have led to long periods without air conditioning on several trips.
Angry passengers have even filed a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit.
Hans Golteus, president of Norwegian Cruise Lines, inspected the Star on Monday and assured port officials the company would not pull out.
“We basically still believe in the Houston market, and we will continue developing it,” Golteus said. “Of course, nobody can deny that the Norwegian Star is a couple of years old, bot it’s a first-class ship.
Thim caught with baar at private movie show
LAKE JACKSON (AP) — Cans of beer, not oversized cups of soda, were apparently the drinks of choice
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at a private movie screening attended by teen-agers.
Ten teen-agers, employees of the Carmike Brazos Triple movie theater, were found locked inside the cinema around 2:30 a.m. Monday with more than IOO cans of beer, said Larry Linscombe Jr., an agent with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Everyone inside the theater was arrested and most were fired. The teens, aged 16 to 19. had permission to be there, said manager Joseph Eakins.
Carmike Cinemas allows midnight private movie showings for employees, but alcohol is not permitted.
The movie was ending when a mall security guard passed by the theater and saw a teen-ager walk into the lobby with a beer. Police and the TABC were called and the arrests were made.
Tyler's ‘rose doctor” dies
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DENVER (AP) — Glaring across the courtroom at Terry Nichols, the sister of a U.S. Customs agent killed in the Oklahoma City bombing emphasized each word with rage Tuesday as she testified: “My brother loved this country.”
It marked the first time Nichols’ jurors had seen a display of anger from any of the nearly three dozen victims’ relatives, rescuers and police who have testified in support of the prosecution's plea for the death penalty.
Nichols showed no reaction as Kay Ice Fulton of Beaumont, Texas, talked about Paul Ice, who spent 20 years as a Marine before he joined Customs and became one of the eight federal agents to die in tire April 19, 1995, blast.
“He was so, so proud to be able to take care of everyone in this room and everyone in this country,” Mrs. Fulton said.
“He was the consummate family person, son, brother, father, nephew, cousin. He loved his family,” she said, her voice breaking. “My brother loved this country and protecting it.” Prosecutors contend Nichols and
Lyle, known nationally as the “Tyler rose doctor,” has died in a Tyler nursing home. He was 89.
Lyle, who died Sunday, made major contributions to rose research in the field of disease control.
Tyler roses gained their international reputation in the world of agriculture with help from Lyle’s development of basic cutting for the formation of every rose bush.
In the 1950s, Lyle developed a pattern of spraying roses as an effective way of controlling “black spot,” a fungus which causes the premature loss of leaves. The breakthrough enabled the Tyler roses to withstand harsh winter weather.
Lyle was the first plant pathologist of the Texas Rose Research Foundation, formed in 1946 by Tyler-area rose growers. He helped found the Tyler Rose Society, Tyler Camellia Society and Tyler Audobon Society^ and later became president of each. He also was an accredited rose judge and former vice president of the American Rose Society.
co-defendant Timothy McVeigh hatched the bomb plot to retaliate against the government for the deadly FBI siege at Waco in 1993. The blast destroyed the nine-story Alfred P. Murrah federal building, killing 168 people and injuring more than 500.
While the 29-year-old McVeigh was convicted earlier this year on all 11 murder and conspiracy charges and sentenced him to death, a jury last week convicted Nichols, 42, of conspiracy and eight counts of involuntary manslaughter, not murder, concluding he did not set out to kill anyone.
Given the split verdict against Nichols, legal experts believe it unlikely the jury will go along with the prosecution request for the death penalty, no matter how many victims they put on to testily.
Still, prosecutors did their best to fill the courtroom with the sights and sounds of the bombing aftermath. They showed a videotape of a hospital emergency room, where bloodied victims, including children in wheelchairs, were being treated as sirens blared and doctors shouted orders. A foot on one victim was twisted backward.
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