New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Mother sensed Marine's danger
EL PASO (AP) — Margarite Rodriduez says she heard her son calling for her, and sensed he was in danger, even though he was thousands of miles away in Beirut.
Her son, Lance Cpl. Rodolfo Hernandez, was struck in the head with shrapnel in a clash with Shiite Moslem militiamen Monday. He is listed in critical condition.
Officials said Hernandez was flown by helicopter to the amphibious assault ship Guam off the Beirut coast. Another Marine, Lance Cpl. George L. Drams, 19, of Cape May, N.J., died before he could be evacuated, officials said.
Mrs. Hernandez told the El Paso Times that, in her south El Paso home, she felt her son’s pain Monday
“I’ve always had that feeling when my children are in danger, when they are hungry,” Mrs. Rodriguez said Tuesday. “My mother has it. All of us have it.”
She said the feeling made her nervous, and she was not surprised about eight hours later when a Marine Corps representative came to her home with news of her only son’s injuries.
“I Just can’t stop thinking of him over there covered with blood, calling for me,” Rodriguez said, shaking her head. “I can’t be with him. Do you think they can bring him back here? Would they do that? The Red Cross or someone?”
Hernandez, 28, was within seven months of being
discharged from his second tour with the Marines. he was among the first Marines sent to Beirut as a peace-keeping force in September 1982.
He came to El Paso on leave last October, but was called back to Beirut after about IO days.
On his way to Beirut a second time, Hernandez’ unit was diverted temporarily to Grenada before its return to Lebanon with the 33rd Marine Amphibious Unit.
Mrs. Rodriguez said she has seen news footage of her son, behind a machine gun or asleep in a bunker, three times on national television.
“I was happy to see him, but being behind a machine gun — his only protection — was not a very good thing for a mother to look at,” she said.In court
Judge wants CBS reporter Morley Safer, tapes
DALLAS (AP) - CBS News “SO Minutes” reporter Morley Safer has been ordered by a state district Judge to testify in the armed robbery retrial of Lenell Geter and to bring with him all videotapes CBS made in connection with the case.
Judge John Ovard signed a subpoena on Tuesday that was requested by Dallas County prosecutors.
The subpoena also directs Safer to furnish all unaired tapes, or outtakes, CBS News made in connection with the Geter case.
The program “60 Minutes” aired a 24-minute segment, narrated by Safer, on Geter’s armed
robbery conviction in December.
Geter, 26, a former E-Systems Inc. engineer, had been sentenced to life in prison in October 1982 for robbing $615 from a Balch Springs Kentucky Fried Chicken.
District Attorney Henry Wade offered, after the program aired, to drop charges against Geter if Geter passed a polygraph test administered by a Dallas polygraph examiner.
Geter’s attorneys initially accepted the plan, but later declined the polygraph offer and the case was scheduled for retrial.
In New York, a spokeswoman for “60 Minutes” said Tuesday that network officials have not been notified of the order, but will fight it in court.
“We will file a motion to quash the order,” said Ann Morfogen, director of communications for CBS News. “First, we consider all outtakes or unpublished tapes to be our property and not to be turned over. We will resist turning over our outtakes.”
Ms. Morfogen said Ovard’s order requiring Safer to testify is “the first time anyone can recall him being involved in any similar action.”
Residents asked to drop off or take off
HOUSTON (AP) — Owners of a Houston apartment development want to turn part of the complex into a nudist colony, but some residents are outraged at being asked to either to take it all off or move out.
Owners of the Fieldstone Apartments in southwest Houston decided to try the no-clothes policy after the vacancy rate at the 270-unit wood and stucco garden apartments rose to 31 percent.
To manage the complex, where rents range from $300 to $525 a month, they brought in Veal Johnson, who says he has been a nudist for 13 years and is president of the Southwest Sunbathing Association.
But some tenants are indignant over their landlord's plan and have launched a petition drive. They say they will present the City Council with papers today opposing the conversion, which is scheduled to begin April I.
“I’m personally asking an attorney for advice on my options,” said I>es Moreland, a leader of the protesting tenants.
Johnson insists there’s nothing wrong with the proposal, which he said was announced 24 months ahead of time to give residents plenty of warning if they chose to move out.
“The law is on our side,” Johnson said. “We’ve got nothing here to hide.”
Inquiries from prospective tenants are up from about 30 a month to close to IOO a week since the nudist concept was mentioned, Johnson said. About 75 percent of the callers have been men claiming to be single “We’ve had a few men come in say at first they were single, then admit later they’re married and looking for some place to go on weekends,” Johnson said "They’ll never get in. This is not a sexual playground.”
Man treated for plague
KERMIT, Texas (AP)
— A Texas Department of Health official says a 46-year-old Kermit man contracted bubonic plague after handling infected rabbit meat.
William Rosser, regional veterinarian for the health department, said the man, who officials declined to identify, returned to work Tuesday.
Rosser said the man and a friend had hunted rabbits earlier this month in two different areas west and north of this West Texas city. The man was admitted to a hospital for tests and observation after plague symptoms appeared about three days later, Rosser said.
He said sudden high fever and a swelling under arms or in the groin are major symptoms.
The victim’s hunting partner also was admitted to the hospital, but he was not diagnosed as having the disease, Rosser said.
He said bubonic plague was positively identified from rabbit tissue samples taken from the animal meat in the man’s freezer. Rosser added that the victim contracted the disease by handling infected rabbit tissue.
’’There’s nothing you can do about it,” he said of the plague in West Texas, adding that it is endemic to the area.
“It’s (always) there in low levels,” Rosser said. He explained that the current discovery of the plague appears to be a small outbreak in the rabbit population.
Health officials said the victim told them he had hunted for rabbits on other occasions without becoming ill.
A 23-year-old Odessa man died in January 1982 from a variation of bubonic plague after a rabbit-hunting expedition near Goldsmith.
Rosser said that if the disease is discovered in time, the plague ordinarily can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
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