New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Recession? What recession?
Business, Page 8B
Rice 54, Baylor 48 TOU 82, Texas 48 Texas Tech 65, SMU 61 Houston 86, A&M 66 Sam Houston 64, SWT 51
Cougars 56, Hays 48 Gonzales 56, Unicorns 42 Rangers 81, Bandera 35 Bandera 46, Rangerettes 31
Warriors 106, Spurs 102Richard Sledge will be a free man Monday
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Former Utilities manager Richard Sledge will keep a date with freedom Monday, bidding farewell to the prison bars at Huntsville's Texas Department of Corrections after serving 13 months of a five-year sentence.
Sledge, who pleaded guilty to
stealing $23,000 in New Braunfels Utilities funds, put in just four months and two days toward his debt to society, before his erroneous parole release to Hidalgo County last May 18. He came back to TDC voluntarily on June 19, and has heard prison doors slam behind him ever since.
“Sledge is set for release Monday morning,” said Joe Moore, supervisor
with the Board of Pardons and Paroles in Huntsville. “He served one year and 30 days, flat time...one year and 27 days, good time...for a total of two years, one month and 27 days.”
Moore added, “The way I understood the clerk, Sledge was not charged for being gone (between May 18and June 19).”
That mix-up occurred because files
at TDC and the Texas Parole Board correctly showed Sledge’s sentence date as Feb. ll, 1981, but incorrectly reflected jail time credit from that date. Sledge spent the rest of 1981 fighting his conviction on appeal, and finally lost on Dec. 23,1981. He wasn't transported to TDC until Jan. 16,1982 Sledge’s parole process began in November, after a reimbursement-plus-interest check reached the hands
of Utilities attorney Tom Burrus for $38,901.87 on Oct. 15. He received three favorable votes from two parole commissioners and one Board of Pardons and Paroles member, and was approved for parole last month. His parole certificate was delivered to TDC last w eek.
Sledge’s parole discharge date is Dec. 4,1985. Moore said. However, the
exact county of parole this time was not confirmed.
Sledge, who was hired as Utilities manager in 1973, resigned in December, 1979 and was indicted for theft in March, 1980. He pleaded guilty later that year, and sought a probated sentence. Instead, he received the five-year sentence from now retired District Judge Terry Jacks, and decided to appeal.
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Vol. 92 - No. 26
February 6,1983 50 cents
66 Pages —4 Sections
Nazi 'butcher' faces trial
LYON, France (AP) - Klaus Barble, the Nazi “Butcher of Lyon," was expelled from Bolivia and flown to France under military guard Saturday to be tried for torturing and killing thousands of Jews and resistance fighters during World War ll.
The French military DC-8 jet that picked up Barbie in la Paz, Bolivia, landed at 8:15 p.m. 2:15 p.m. EST at the Cantut military base in Orange, about HO miles northeast of the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.
Court officials said the (*9-vear-old Barbie was immediately transferred to a helicopter and flown to the Fort de Montluc military prison here in Lyon where he was indicted for “crimes against humanity” involving more than 11,000 deaths. No trial date was announced
Officials said Barbie had killed many of his victims in the Fort de Montluc prison four decades ago.
Barbie was guarded during the transfer by agents of the special weapons and tactics force.
The DC-8 apparently had been scheduled to land at the Satolas military base at Lyon, with those plans changed for security reasons.
There had been reports that Barbie would be flown to Lyon, and a middle-aged woman was found at the Lyon airport with a 22-caliber rifle concealed in a white sheet. She was detained for questioning and police reported she told them that her parents liad been sent to a Nazi detention camp in France during World War ll.
Police had searched the Lyon airport following a bomb alert, and dozens of people had gathered outside the terminal. One of them, Tina Godlt, said her mother had died in a Nazi concentration camp. "We have conte to show that we are still here,” she said “We want Barbie to be put on the stand so our children can hear
of his crimes from his own mouth. We can forgive, but we will never forget.”
Barbie, a balding, 5-foot-5-inch man with steel blue eyes, had been described by Bolivian friends as a doting grandfather, accomplished pianist and lover of Nietzsche, the 19th century German philosopher who argued that might makes right.
The Interior Ministry said Barbie, 69, would be prosecuted on charges of crimes against humanity for his actions as the Gestapo chief of Lyon from 1942-44 during the Nazi oc-cuption of France.
He faces life imprisonment if convicted.
It would be the first trial of a ranking Nazi official since SS Col. Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped by Israeli agents in Argentina in 1960 and hanged after a lengthy trial in Tel Aviv. During his trial, Eichmann was kept in a glass cage to protect him from former victims who packed the courtroom.
Barbie was expelled Friday night from Bolivia, where he had lived since 1951 under the alias of Klaus Altmann. He was granted Bolivian citizenship under hts assumed name in 1957.
Barbie had been in a La Paz jail since Jan. 25 on charges of fraud in connection with a $10,000 debt to the state mining company.
His presence in the South American nation was first made public ll years ago by Serge and Bette Klarsfeld, French Nazi hunters. Since then, French and West German officials have sought his extradition.
In France, Barbie is accused of ordering 7,591 Jews deported to Nazi concentration camps, torturing to death France’s most famous resistance leader, Jean Moulin, and executing 4,000 other French Jews and anti-Nazis.
In the early 1950s, the German-born Barble was twice sentenced to death
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Judges Ann Allen (left) and Joyce Urban prepare to taste Robyn Wunderlich's cranberry salad at Saturday's 4-H Food Show. The judges and their taste buds must have been
Staff photo by C'hdhf Richardson
impressed, as Wunderlich placed first in one of the Pre-Teens categories. Ninety 4 H ers participated in the annual show, held at Canyon High School. Results. Page 2A.
Car bomb kills 20 in Beirut
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — A car-bomb explosion turned the Palestine Research Center and the Libyan Embassy into roaring infernos Saturday, killing 20 people, wounding 136 and forcing others to leap from balconies or clamber down drainpipes and knotted curtains.
Police said the death toll could rise from the tremendous explosion that burned the two buildings, shook the central Hainra shopping district of the city’s Moslem sector and sent a cloud of brown smoke and debris skyward.
A shadowy group called the Front for the Liberation of Lebanon from Foreigners claimed responsibility, and the Palestine Liberation Organization and Soviet news agency Tass blamed the Israelis and their agents. But there was no confirmation that either the front or Israel was behind the remote-controlled blast in west Beirut.
Panicked and screaming occupants of the seven-story research center jumped from the lower floors. Others scrambled dow n drainpipes on the side of the building. Some tore curtains from office windows
and used them as ropes to escape.
Among the dead were three Lebanese police guards and among the wounded were 17 plainclothesmen who apparently had been keeping the offices under surveillance, police said.
The force of the blast stripped the facade from the fifth-floor offices of the Libyan news agency JANA, revealing book-lined shelves and lamps. The Libyan news agency and the temporary quarters of the Libyan Embassy are in the same building.
“I was on the first floor when the w hole world went black around me,” said a young Palestinian deaning woman who works in the research center. She identified herself only by the name Hilweh.
“I ran to the elevator but the fallen ceiling blocked the way, so I raced to tlu- balcony ... and jumped,” she said.
Associated Press photographer Zuhair Saade was driving near the area when the bomb exploded.
“The blast hurled my car onto the sidewalk,” he said. “I saw tongues of flames shooting out of the two buildings and scores of panicked w omen shrieked. ”
The explosion hurled shattered glass and masonry for IOO yards and showered papers and debris on the American University of Beirut campus several
Police Sgt. Youssef Bitar said the blast was caused b> an estimated 132 pounds of hexogene, a liquefied gas, placed in a car and detonated by remote control. He said the force of the blast was equivalent to 528 pounds of TNT.
The car, described by one Lebanese radio station as a blue, American-made model, was parked in front of the research center, where remaining Palestine liberation Organization officials are headquartered. It is across Kamas Street from the temporary Libyan Embassy and its news agency.
The clandestine, rightist Front for the Liberation of lebanon from Foreigners claimed responsibility for the bombing in a call to the Christian Voice of Lebanon, but the radio station claimed the group s name has been used by various groups in the past.
It was the second PIX) building wrecked by a car-bomb in eight days.
Courthouse offices need space—Clark
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
County Judge Fred Clark doesn’t envision the Courthouse becoming a “museum” once the new criminal justice center is completed.
On the contrary, he believes the offices currently lacking space in the Courthouse will more than fill the void once existing offices are moved to the new facility.
“If we move the district court and county court out of this facility (Courthouse), we’ve got plenty of governmental activities to fill it,” he noted.
The new criminal justice center — which the county is required to have completed by August, 1985 according to an out-of-court federal lawsuit settlement - would initially include a jail, the County Sheriff’s office and a justice of the peace court.
Eventually, other departments from the Courthouse — such as district court, county court-at-law, district clerk and the offices of the county and district attorney — may be moved there.
At this point, however, the county is leaving its options open.
“It gives us a proper planning option and gives us the ability to put them there...not that it’s being decided now,” said Clark.
The eventual possible withdrawal of these specific offices from the Courthouse, however, has the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association concerned because it fears that downtown businesses will lose the patronage of employees from these offices (as well as those who pass through these offices).
David Damon, a member of the association — which last week came out in opposition of the county building a new jail out of downtown — explained the association’s thinking for the county’s jail site selection committee Thursday.
“The feeling of the group was with the post office potentially moving away (from the downtown area) and talk of the criminal justice moving away...we’re just going to see less (auto and pedestrian) activity downtown.
“This diminished traffic flow causes concern from the merchants," I .anion added.
Former County Commissioner John Karbaeh, a member of the site selection committee, sympathized with the downtown association.
“...to keep the home fire burning you need a center of activity — a heart of a city,” said Karbaeh. “I’ve seen fragmentation bef ore...and here this is the
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy
Sunday and Monday, with mild afternoons but
I cold again tonight. Winds will be northerly near
| IO mph today.
Pro Bowl Today
What Dallas coaeh Tom Landry calls “the cream
of the crop” will compete in today’s Pro Bowl
which begins at 3 p.m. I^andry will guide the NFC
all-stars team. See Page 7A
There are lots of Social Security checks being
sent to dead people, a check of the rolls revealed.
And ifs costing millions of dollars. Page 9A.
Recreation Center funding on parks board agenda
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will take its first serious look at luanda Recreation Center’s financial dilemma Monday night at the parks office in luanda Park. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
Members of the luanda Recreation Association asked City Council last month whether the city would be willing to take over operation of the recreation center and set up a comprehensive recreation division as part of city government. The question was referred to the parks board for further study.
Two groups want to use city parks as bases for special events Wholesale Beers Inc. has asked for permission to hold the Miller Bar Olympics at Eikel Field on March 12, and the San Antonio Gypsys want to have their 10th annual Aardvark Motorcycle Rally at Cypress Bend Park.
Also on the agneda is a request from
the New Braunfels Amateur Softball Association for an amendment to its present contract with the city.Commissioners Court
Reviewing subdivision plats and opening bids will probably take up most of the meeting time in Commissioners Court Monday.
Commissioners will review four pieces of county property, which will include a development proposed for Sattler, Rebecca Creek Ranch Subdivision, Deer Meadows Subdivision and a street in Lake Ridge Development.
In addition, the court will also consider adopting a “purchasing policy” for the county.
At 1:30 p.m. the court will open bids for a motor grader for the County Roads Department and bids for cars for the County Sheriff's Department.