New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Heart attack kills constable
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Constable H.R. (Hank) English, 58, was pronounced dead on arrival at 12:22 p.m. Thursday at McKenna Memorial Hospital from an apparent heart attack.
Funeral services are pending at Doep-penschmidt Funeral Home.
English, who had taken his Precinct 3 office only a little over a month ago, had been in a meeting of Commissioners Court until close to ll a.m., getting his deputy’s appointment approved.
He had visited the county auditor’s office and picked up his constable stationery and some highway flares, county auditor Bate Bond said.
English was putting the box in his car alone behind the Courthouse Annex when the heart attack occurred.
He was found by New Braunfels police officer David Wilson slumped over the trunk of his car. Wilson began giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation until the New Braunfels EMS arrived at 11:28 a.m., a fire department spokesman said.
The emergency medical technicians, under the direction of Dr. John Flanagan at McKenna, gave the constable cardiac stimulation with drugs and the defibrillator. But Engish was unable to regain a regular heart beat.
English, who had suffered a heart attack about six years ago, had an emergency iden
tification that alerted police ne was a heart patient, the fire department spokesman said.
English won a three-way Republican primary race last May, then easily defeated incumbent Lester Jonas in November. Jonas was running as a write-in candidate, haviing failed in a bid for county commissioner in the May primary.
Earlier that morning, the commissioners court meeting had not gone smoothly. His choice of deputy, I>ee (Bo) Eoff Jr., a fully-certified peace officer, has been a reserve sheriff’s deputy until March, 1981 and was the deputy constable under Jonas until January, 1984.
However, the commissioners wanted Eoff to
wait on carrying a gun and putting (rn the uniform until they had received some paperwork of reinstatement from Austin.
After the meeting in the hallway, English spoke his mind, “Mr. Eoff has one of these (a peace officer certification saying ‘permanent’ in capitals on it) same as I do, same as Mr. Tamez, same as most of the sheriff’s deputies.’’
Not everyone working for the sheriff’s department and wearing a gun has the permanent certification, English had said.
“The law allows a deputy to work a year before he has to have his certification. Why isn’t Mr. Eoff good enough to carry a gun and a badge today?” English had asked.
Supreme Court rules for Farley
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The Texas Supreme Court Wednesday upheld damages for a New Braunfels woman who sued a local exercise salon after she fell off a jogging treadmill and fractured her arm in 1981.
The decision came exactly four months after a state appeals court also ruled in the woman’s favor and almost four years to the day after the incident on Feb. 19,1981.
Lois Farley, 54, sued Figure World, Inc., a cliain of women’s exercise and health salons, and Figure World of San Antonio, Inc.
“It went to the Supreme Court and that’s the end,” Farley said this morning. “All I can say is, I’m glad ifs over. I’m glad they upheld.”
A Comal County Jury in April 1983 found that the fail was caused by an employee of Figure World shouting at her. The 3rd Court of Appeals affirmed that finding.
The writ of error filed by Fiigure World’s attorney, was refused by the Supreme Court, which found there was no reversable error in the appealed case. The attorney was not available for comment.
Farley claimed she was exercising on a treadmill at the salon at 655 luanda when an employee yelled at her from across the room to “suck in that stomach.”
“When she hollered at me, it scared me and I got to going 90 miles an hour,” Farley said. In her suit, Farley claims her concentration was broken, causing her to lose her grip on the machine’s front handlebar.
When she fell on the metal treadmill, she fractured her left
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County wants proof of officers' training
County commissioners made a new policy an deputy constables Thursday, saying that they felt deputy constables should be fully-certified peace officers before being appointed.
Whether commissioners have the legal authority to set qualifications for deputy constables above the legal requirements will still have to be settled.
Commissioners brought the matter up when Constables Fidel Tamez and Hank English of precincts 4 and 3, respectively, asked commissioners to approve their appointments for deputies.
Commissioners approved their choices pending the receipt of proper documentation from Austin that the two deputies were fully-certified (having finished the 240-hour training) peace officers.
The new policy, not mentioned or enforced when Constable Danny Scheel asked for approval of his reserve deputy Edwin Schaad, who has only the 70-hour reserve deputy
course, came in the wake of recent requests from Tamez and English.
In the first commissioner’s court meeting after he took office, Tamez requested a large salary increase, a newer car and radar equipment, office space, secretarial service and access to a gas pump in the Canyon Lake area.
When commissioners turned most of his request down, he asked to be heard by the grievance committee on the salary request, which was heard and denied.
English also had made a recent request for a shotgun, a riot gun, and a bullet-proof vest to the commissioners and had been told in Thursday’s meeting his request would be heard on the next commissioner’s meeting.
Tamez had chosen as his deputy George Wolf, a reserve deputy with the sheriff’s department since October, 1982, and retired peace officer with the federal government who has 33 years experience. He retired as a police chief.
“In the federal system, you do not have the same system of certification as you do in Texas. We had mandatory continuing education courses in law enforcement areas and I had 1,000 hours of course training. In Texas, I had taken the 70-hour reserve peace officer course,” Wolf explained after the meeting.
During the meeting he told commissioners essentially the same thing and added, “I have written Mr. Taller in Austin to get full credit for my training and he has told me that he will credit me as a fully-certified peace officer. I am waiting on the paperwork which ought to arrive after Feb. 6.”
t English had chosen former deputy constable Lee (Bo) Eoff Jr., a fully-certified peace officer who has had the 240 hours of training to have that status. Eoff also worked as a reserve deputy with the sheriff's department until March, 1981.
Sheriff Walter Fellers explained
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Polish priest urges battle with regime
TORUN, Poland (AP) — A priest has urged Roman Catholics to prepare for an “ideological battle” against the Communist regime following the convictions of four secret police officers in the abduction and murder of a pro-Solidarity cleric.
The appeal, made hours after the mal judges’ announced their verdict Thursday, was delivered in the same Warsaw church where the slain priest, the Rev. Jerzy Popielusko, 37, preached sermons in staunch defense of Solidarity, the outlawed independent trade union.
Popielusko was abducted on a highway near Torun, in northern Poland, on Oct 19, and his body was found, bound, gagged and severely beaten, in a reservoir of the Vistula River ll days later After a six-week trial, the five judges sentenced two of the defendants to 25 years in prison — the most severe penalty in Poland short of execution by hanging Chief Judge Artur Kujawa told the court the defendants “soiled the good name (rf the Polish People’s Republic. They put in shame the state’s political system."
Kujawa's remarks were broadcast in full by state radio and television.
Col. Adam Pietruszka. the highest-ranking Interior Ministry official charged in the killing, received a 25-year prison sentence for aiding and abetting his three subordinates.
Ailing leader gave speech, Tass reports
MOSCOW (AP) — Hours after Soviet officials confirmed Soviet leader Konstantin U. Chernenko was ailing, the official news agency Tass reported he addressed the nation’s ruling Politburo.
The 73-year-old Chernenko has not been seen in public or photographed since a televised awards ceremony Dec. 27, leading to speculation that he might be seriously ill.
The mystery of his health deepened Thursday when a Soviet journalist told NBO News that Chernenko was ill but in stable condition.
Also, French television reported a source with the Soviet delegation to the French Communist Party Congress said Chernenko had “an accident of health’’ on Jan. 14 and lost the use of his speech. In Soviet
parlance, an accident of health implies a stroke or heart attack.
But the Tass report said Chernenko had addressed the Politburo meeting on spring agricultural planting. It did not say when the meeting was held but its story was dated Thursday, the. day the policy-making body usually meets.
The account of the meeting, though, was unusual in not mentioning the Soviet leader prominently, lbs name appeared
well into the story and after a list of five government officials whose reports were heard
Moreover, the report on the issues discussed was very similar to an
account of a Politburo meeting two weeks ago.
ENTERTAINMENT • 7A
A Sure Services employee water-blasts the Schmidt Building on San Antonio Street. The San Antonio based firm uses that process to remove old paint so the downtown building
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can be repainted. The Schmidt Building is one of several in me process of getting a new face the past two weeks.planned in
A public meeting on a proposed crude oil pipeline through Comal County is tentatively scheduled for March 12, Commissioner JI.. (Jumbo) Evans said this morning.
Evans said the meeting with the All-American Pipeline Co. will give data about the pipeline, which is coming from California through Comal County.
The 30-mch heated pipeline will carry mostly highly-sulphured crude oil from Santa Barbara. Calif, to Freeport on the Texas coast. One route possibility being seriously considered follows the Entretex-Oasis Gas Pipeline from Pecos toMarch
close to Freeport This will come through Comal County traversing the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone.
The place and time of the meeting will be set later Ron Hinn, vice president of the pipeline company, said the meeting was set the same day as the board meeting of Edwards Underground Water District where representatives of his company would also present information and address questions of that agency.
“By that time we hope to have the route narrowed down to one preferred route with one alternative.
See PI PEI.INF.. Page 12 AWater Watch
Comal River ............... 242 cfs (up 8)
Canyon inflow ......... 287 cfs (down 12)
Canyon Dam outflow.......... 800 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer ............. 623 80 (same)
Canyon Lake level ......... 902.41 (down .11)Today's Weather
It’s going to be mostly sunny and warm today with a high near 60 and winds from the northeast. Expect cloudy skies and warm temperatures tonight with light southeasterly winds.
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