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Local men killed in Sunday wreck
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A one-car accident which claimed the lives of two New Braunfels men, a train-car collision and a chase that resulted in a driving while intoxicated arrest dominated law enforcement activity last weekend.
Scott O’Neil Schulle, 23, of 825 Edwards Blvd., and D.J. Preston, 26, of 1045 Linde Apt. A, were killed in an early Sunday morning accident on Interstate 35. A Live Oak Police Department report stated the 1979 Chevrolet Suburban jumped the overpass guardrail around 3 a.m., and fell approximately 16 feet onto State Highway 218.
The accident’s cause is still under investigation, but a Live Oak police spokeswoman said, “We’re under the assumption that the driver lost control of the car, hut we don’t know how or why.” The report
listed Preston as the vehicle’s driver, and road conditions as dry.
William Anderson of Canyon I^ake escaped serious injury in a tangle with two Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad engines on FM 306, .2 of a mile west of the 1400 block of Hunter Road. Anderson’s pickup collided with the right rear of Engine No. 313, and into the right front of Engine No. 212. The truck then careened off the train, turned over on its topside, and landed 20*2 feet from the roadway’s edge.
Anderson was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, treated and released. The New Braunfels Police Department report stated witnesses vertified the railroad crossing signal lights were flashing red prior to the collision. Damage to the railroad signal lights was estimated at between $3-4,000.
New Braunfels Department of Public Safety
trooper Robert Butler headed a chase at speeds of up to 90 mph early Sunday morning, resulting in the arrest of Douglas Hodges, 18, of San Antonio. The chase ended in San Marcos, and involved up to eight marked law enforcement units.
“It (the chase) started in front of Canyon High School on Interstate 35. Hodges was driving with his emergency flashers on, and weaving all over the road. That was about 2:20 a.m.,” Butler said Tuesday. “He pulled up next to me, and I put my spotlight on him. When I turned on my overheads, that’s when he took off.”
Butler managed to catch up and pass the suspect. “That’s when he pulled up to my right, and swerved at me. He tried to run me off the road,” Butler said, adding, “then the car in front of him pulled over, and
See WRECKS, Page 14
Cook faces Reimer in IMBISD election
David Cook made good on his promise.
And as a result New Braunfels school trustee Rudy Reimer will have competition in the April 2 school board election.
Sixty-one-year-old Cook of New Braunfels has filed for place 6 on the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
For the past four terms, Place 6 on the board has been held by Reimer, who announced recently that he would seek re-election.
In early October, 1982, Cook first became involved in board activity when he opposed the board’s decision to expel three high school girls, aged 14 to 16 for the remainder of the semester.
The girls were caught on the high school campus with beer in their car.
At that time Cook, grandfather of one of the girls, came out in strong opposition to the board's action, which he called a “miscarriage of justice.”
See ELECTION, Page 14
New tidsU Braunfels
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 27
February 8, 1983
(USPS 377-880)InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy this afternoon. Tonight and Wednesday will bring considerable late night and early morning low cloudiness and fog, becoming partly cloudy, windy and wanner by Wednesday afternoon. Winds will become southerly near 15 mph today and tonight, dropping down to 5-10 mph Wednesday. Sunset will be at 6:15 p.m. and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:15 a.in.Chagra Acquitted
Jimmy Chagra was found not guilty by a Jacksonville, Florida, jury Monday on murder and conspiracy charges connected with the assassination of Federal Judge John Wood in San Antonio. Chagra was convicted on two other charges. Lawyers for Charles Harrelson and Jimmy’s wife Elizabeth, who were both convicted last year in San Antonio, say they fiope the acquittal will help prove that their clients did not receive fair trials. See Page 5.Cougarette Character
Trailing nearly the entire game Monday night, the Canyon Cougarette girls basketball team used good defense and Shelley Nance’s 26 points to stage a fourth-quarter rally and top the Gonzales Apaches, 59-56. See Page 6Set For Showdown
The North Carolina Tarheels and the Virginia Cavaliers meet Thursday in an Atlantic Coast Conference duel set up today by this week’s Assoicated Press college basketball poll; North Carolina is ranked No.l in the country, while Virginia commands the No. 3 spot. Who’s No. 2? The only undefeated team left in Division I, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. See Page 6
WEATHER.........................3Lifesaving pays offOrr's Scout training made the difference
By DVANNEFRY Staff writer
Alan Orr says Boy Scouts prepares you for life.” If he hadn't taken training for the first aid merit badge, he wouldn’t have lived to make Eagle.
Actually. Orr savs he flunked the first aid badge at least once — maybe twice — in his six years of scouting. But when a rotary saw at the Smokehouse Ice Plant nearly took his arm off last Halloween. Orr knew just where to find the pressure points that would stem the flow of blood.
Even so. he lost nine pints before he reached the hospital.
“They panicked at the ice house,” said Alan's mother, Marsha (Mrs. Robert) Orr. “If he hadn’t told them where to apply pressure, that would have been it. For some reason, he was calm all the way through."
Emergent*; Medical Service attendants had some trouble figuring out how to get him out of the ambulance. There was just a patch of skin connecting his left arm to his body, said Orr.
Three doctors put him back together with five hours of surgery. I>ater. they patched Orr’s arm with a piece of skin from his leg.
The arm still bears scars, and probably always will. But it works. And the 18-year-old New Braunfels High School senior had his Eagle Court of Honor Sunday.
As a Boy Scout, he’s gone as high as he can go. Orr says he’ll probably come back and be a scoutmaster in the future. But right now, college plans are foremost in his life. He’ll be attending the University of Texas.
His scouting career has been a rewarding one, despite a few rough spots here and there The swimming merit badge w as the w orst one of all.
“I almost drowned,” Orr said. There’s one lifesaving technique in w hieh a Scout must tie a knot in a pair of pants, “blow them up” like a balloon and use them as a float in the water.
“I didn’t bring any pants with me. My dad went home and grabbed me some, and he just happened to grab some that had holes in the knees. My air kept shooting out, and I kept drowning,” Orr said
See EAGLE, Page 14
Parks board eyes costs of absorbing rec center
Michael Doherty, Robert Bouse and the City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are more or less on the same side of the argument. They agree that “parks and recreation” is a bit of a misnomer, and that the City of New Braunfels needs to do something about it.
In discussing the future of the independently-run luanda Recreation Center, a few members made strong statements.
“I think we need to be looking into recreation. I think it’s something the city should fund,” said Allene Wofford.
“It is mass confusion the way it is now. No doubt about it,” said Carl Fox, referring to the town’s many volunteer athletic organizations, and the lack of a central authority to keep them from working at cross purposes.
“Those of us who have been on the parks board for several years really see the need,” agreed the chairman, Sharon Phair.
Parks Director Court Thieleman, as a city employee, didn’t want to get involved in the discussion.
But he w ished he could count the number of people that walk in his office and say, "What kind of programs do you offer? It says recreation out there.”
Sentiment seems to run in favor of taking over the Panda Recreation Center and setting up a real city recreation division, as the luanda Recreation Association has suggested.
But parks advisors will want more concrete ideas on how to do it, and how much it will cost, before making a recommendation to the City Council.
They’re not sure they’ll be ready by the end of March. Which is w hen the rec center expects to run out of money.
“It would appear that the thing may come to a screeching halt before we’re able to do anything about it,” said Robert Hamel.
Doherty, president of the luanda association, indicated they’d cross that bridge when they came to it. “I don’t want the board to feel rushed,” he said.
Members directed Thieleman to send a questionnaire to other cities of comparable size.
Sledge paroled in Huntsville
Sharon blamed for massacre
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
With absentee voting totals beginning to pick up. Supt. O.E. Hendricks is optimistic about Saturday’s New Braunfels Independent School District bond issue.
As of early Tuesday morning, approximately 25 absentee votes had been cast at the district’s administrative office.
But with today being the last day to vote absentee for the $9.3 million bond issue, Hendricks and other district personnel are expecting absentee voting to pick up even more.
Absentee votes may be cast for the single-proposition bond issue at the district’s administrative office, 431 W. Mill through 4:30p.m. today.
Although Hendricks noted that the national economic situation would affect any bond issue, he did not think that it would have much affect on NBISD’s Saturday issue due to, he said, New Braunfels having a strong economy.
“But people have got to realize that regardless of the economy the kids are going to be here and that the district” is going to continue to grow, Hendricks noted in a telephone interview.
“I don’t think it (economy) will hold people back” from voting, he added.
NBISD officials are asking patrons to approve the $9.3 million in bonds in order to meet the district’s grow th.
Architects and the district’s Long Range Planning Committee have predicted that the district’s population will increase by more than 50 percent in the next decade.
Currently, the district’s enrollment is approximately 4,070. However, architects say that the total capacity of the district is only 4,324 — leaving very little room for
See NBISD. Page 14
Upon his release from the Texas Department of Corrections Monday, Richard Sledge was paroled to Walker County (or Huntsville). His parole discharge date is Dec. 4,1985.
“All records we have indicate (Mr.) Sledge was indeed released Monday,” Joe Moore, supervisor wit! the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, said
Tuesday. Moore also confirmed the county of parole.
Sledge, former New Braunfels Utilities manager, served 13 months of his five-year sentence for stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds in 1976. He had pleaded guilty to the theft charge here in 1980, and began serving his sentence in January, 1982 after his appeals failed.
Staff photo by Dyanna Fry
Center director Robert Bouse makes a point
JERUSALEM (AP) — A special inquiry commission, in a report that could shatter Israel’s leadership, today found Defense Minister Ariel Sharon personally responsible for the Beirut refugee camp massacre and called on him to resign.
The panel said Israeli leaders should have foreseen that needless bloodshed might result when they allowed Lebanese militiamen into the two camps, where they slaughtered hundreds of Palestinian civilians.
It rebuked Prime Minister Menachern Begin for what it called his “indifference” during last September’s massacre but recommended no action against him.
Begin called his Cabinet into a special session at 3 p.m. (8 a.in. EST) to consider the report, but Israel television said there would not be an immediate decision on how to respond to the findings.
Israel radio said Sharon, architect of Israel's invasion of lebanon last June 6, was refusing to accept the findings and resign.
The panel, composed of two Supreme Court justices and a retired general, accused Sharon of “blunders” and said it found he “bears personal responsibility. In our opinion it is fitting that the minister of defense draw the appropriate personal conclusions....”
If Sharon does not step down. Begin should fire him, the panel said.
But the state radio said Begin met w ith Sharon and told him he would not dismiss him. It was not known whether he asked Sharon to voluntarily resign.
Begin’s coalition appeared split on the question.
Israel radio noted one possibility is that the entire Begin Cabinet might resign and set an early election. In the past, Begin aides have said the prime minister would step down if any senior Israeli official were blamed in the massacre, but there was no immediate indication whether he stood by this position.
The report also called for the dismissal of military intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Yehoshua Saguy, and harshly chastised Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Raphael Eytan, Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Brig.
Gen. Amos Yaron, the Israeli commander in Beirut during the massacre.
The state radio said the 54-year-old Sharon, a popular ex-general and hero of the 1973 Yoni Kippur War, had already been offered an alternate post as minister iii charge of the occupied West Bank, but was refusing to accept the commission’s recommendations and resign.
Staff photo by Frances Bridges
Seesharon. Page 14 Orr receives his Eagle from Bennie Bock ll
Bond issueAbsentee voting deadline Tuesday