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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sober thoughts Capitol fire victim too drunk to save himself AUSTIN (AP) — Acting Fire Chief Brady Pool says firemen may never know exactly what caused the weekend fire that gutted parts of the Capitol, but he said the man who perished would have had a “better chance” if he had been sober. “He was hollering ‘Help me! Help me! Get me out of here,” Pool said, but “all he could do was holler." A preliminary autopsy on the body of the victim, Matt Hansen, 23, of New Caney, Texas, showed he had a trace of marijuana plus a 0.21 blood-alcohol content when he died — more than twice the legal drunken driving standard of 0.10 percent. Three other people staying as overnight guests in the lieutenant governor’s Capitol apartment escaped safely, including Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby’s 18-year-old daughter Rate. Two twin beds in the middle bedroom where Hansen was supposed to sleep were undisturbed, and his body was found lying between them on the floor. He died of smoke inhalation. “He might have been lying in there in that den ... lying on that couch dozing,” and not in his bedroom when the fire broke out between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., Pool said. Miss Hobby has said she and the other couple staying as guests in the three-bedroom apartment had gone to bed about 2 a.m. that morning, while Hansen had stayed up alone to watch a cable television music channel. Investigators said the fire started in the den and probably was caused either by an electrical short or smoking materials. “When the fire got bad enough he tried to find his way out, and I’m sure if he hadn’t have been drinking he would have had a better chance,” said Pool. He speculated Hansen staggered into the middle bedroom by mistake, where “there was only one way in there and one way out.” “We figured he got in there and walked up and hit that wall in between the two beds and just — that was it,” said Pool. “All he could do was holler then. He might have been hollering when he was walking around in there.” Miss Hobby escaped through one route and James and Joan Waterman of New Caney, who own a stable and were Hansen’s employers, escaped through a back stairwell. City officials and the state attorney general’s office were investigating the fire, but Pool said experts may never pinpoint the cause. Blood money Grandson charged in shooting death ATHENS, Texas (AP) — An exconvict robbed his 84-year-old grandfather, left him murdered in front of his tiny shack and used the man’s life savings to buy several hundred dollars worth of new clothes, an investigator says. Shilloy Douglas of Moores Station, who a relative says never spent more than $20 a month, was found shot to death Friday in his front yard. His wallet, coin purse, and a large roll of bills — the proceeds from his monthly Social Security checks — were missing, leading deputies to believe robbery was the motive for his murder. Chief Sheriff’s Investigator Jim Brewer said Tuesday. Douglas’ grandson, Raymond Douglas Jr., 28, of Tyler, was being held without bond Tuesday on a charge of capital murder. Douglas was arraigned Monday before Peace Justice A.R. Bell. Bell said he denied bond because Douglas was on parole from a burglary conviction. Witnesses told authorities Douglas bought up to $300 worth of new clothes over the weekend, Brewer said. Brewer estimated the grandfather had as much as $3,000 in the roll of bills. Judges won't postpone House special election Social security package getting speedy action WASHINGTON (AP) - House tax writers are ending their hearings on a $168 billion Social Security rescue plan a day early amid complaints from some critics that the speedy deliberations have been “a mockery.” The House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security was completing hearings Unlay with a marathon session that was to include nearly 50 witnesser. Staffers said the subcommittee would begin drafting legislation next week. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-IU., chairman of the full Ways and Means Committee, has said he wanted to keep the legislative pace moving from the quickly to keep opponents mounting serious attacks on bailout package, which was submitted last month by the National Commission on Social Security Reform. Leaders of organizations representing federal workers have attacked recommendations to extend Social Security coverage to new government employees, but they are now conceding that they may bi* fighting a losing battle. During Tuesday’s hearing, Robert L. White, president of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees, said it would be “dastardly" to force new federal workers into “an alien plan of social insecurity” next year. AUSTIN (AP) - Three federal judges said they would not take the “drastic” step of calling off Saturday’s special congressional election, but left undecided whether Texas must clear all its special elections with the U.S. Justice Department. A lawsuit filed by minority voters from the 6th Congressional District challenged the legality of the election to fill the vacancy created when U.S. Rep. Phil Gramm of College Station resigned so he could run as a Republican. He had been elected as a Democrat for three terms, but quit Jan. 5 after the Democratic caucus dropped him from the House Budget Committee because he backed President Reagan's economic package. Texas Rural Legal Aid, representing the complaining voters, argued Tuesday that the special election called by Republican former Gov. Bill Clements should have been cleared w ith the Justice Department in accordance with the 1972 federal Voting Rights Act. Under the act, any changes in election laws must be reported to the Justice I Apartment for its approval. I RLA lawyer George Korbel said Clements’ setting of the election for a date other than one of four standard voting days amounted to a “change" tinder the definition of the law. The next standard election day is April 2. Korbel said setting the date 39 days after Gramm resigned gave potential candidates only five days in which to file. He said that discriminated against poor people who might want to run, because they would not have enough time to gather signatures on the petitions they are allowed to file instead of paying a $500 filing fee. Korbel said, however, that he had no evidence any potential candidates were barred from filing. The Justice Department declined to intervene in the case. But lawyers for Gramm and the Texas Republican Party argued that when Clements declared an emergency and set the date, he was well within a Texas law that was cleared in total with the Justice Department when it was passed in 1975. Former Assistant Attorney General Rick Gray, representing the state, said the Justice Department’s unofficial position was that it would require pre-clearance However, Gray said the state disagreed and only wanted the election held out from “under a cloud.” Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerre Williams of Austin and U.S. District Judges Fred Shannon and H.F. 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The fraud anti bigamy charges against Vigliotto stemmed from his marriage to Patricia Ann Gardiner, 43, of Mesa, Ariz., who had testified that he vanished with $36,500 of her cash and property two weeks after their Nov. 16, 1981, wedding and abandoned her in a San Diego motel. “The romance was quick and the courtship was short,” Ms. Gardiner testified. “I made an impulsive decision.” Ms. Gardiner brightened when the verdict was read and hugged a female employee from the county attorney’s office sitting next to her in the gallery. “Both counts,” she said, beaming. Vigliotto was arrested Dec. 28,    1981, in a Panama City, Fla , shopping center Sharon Clark, of Ray, Midi . had testified she tracked him there iii » six-month, $10,000 search based on a map he left behind when he deserted her. Ms. Clark said she was managing a campground and flea market in Indiana when she met and married Vigliotto. She said $49.IHM) of her cash and property vanished with him two weeks after their June 1981 marriage iii Tennessee. Juan Baearella, 45, of Manalapan, NJ., another prosecution witness, had testified Vigliotto left her and her three children stranded in a Florida motel and “I realized I had been victimized and my prince turned into a frog.” _ MEET A GOOD NEIGHBOR OF YOURS The on* to s** tor all your family insurance needs. BERT POWELL 676 Walnut Square, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (512) 629-5601 MHI f*«M INIUI OMC I Itta a good natghbor, Stitt Firm is than Slate farm Insurance Companies Home OHices B oomrngton Illinois Are You Aware? 10% of your interest income to be withheld - unless the new Congress takes immediate action. Starting: July I, 1983 a new law requires withholding 10% of taxable interest and dividends you receive from saving and loans, banks, credit unions, pensions, profit sharing, mutual funds, bonds, etc. (Unless you take time to request otherwise.) If you don’t want your interest income reduced by this 10% plan, write your Senators and Congressmen. If you don't have time to write, just sign your name and address in the proper places below, cut out, and mail to your Senators and ( ongressmen. PETITION TO: Senator Lloyd Bentsen Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC ‘20510 I am absolutely opposed to any withholding of my interest or dividends for taxes. I urge you to work for repeal of the new law that requires such withholding. Name PETITION TO: Senator John Tower Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 I am absolutely opposed to any withholding of my interest or dividends for taxes. I urge you to work for repeal of the new law that requires such withholding. 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