New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
American ship shells Syrian artillery positions
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship shelled Syrian artillery positions in central Lebanon today as the Lebanese army and U.S. Marines came under attack in Beirut. Lebanese jets also went into action, for the first time since September.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Jack Giese said the guided missile destroyer USS Claude V. Ricketts fired ll rounds from its five-inch guns after the Lebanese command requested fire on Syrian positions before daybreak.
The Marine base at Beirut’s international airport came under mortar fire from the southeast at 6:45 a.m., and the
Marines shot ack with mortars, said Giese, a spokesman for the Marine force.
Lebanese air force jets bombed Druse insurgent positions in the mountains southeast of Beirut, the first air strikes by the force since last fall, after the Druse attacked army positions. The clashes ended a two-day lull in the fighting around the capital.
A military communique said army positions southeast of Beirut had come under attack by the Syrian-backed Druse militiamen, and the air force jets scrambled to retaliate with several bombing runs.
Ground-to-air missiles were fired as a pair of Lebanese Hawker-Hunters flew sorties in the Chouf mountains about ll miles from Beirut’s center.
It was the first time the Lebanese air force went to action since last September’s civil war in the central mountains, when it lost two of its five World War II British-made Hawker-Hunters.
The tone of the army communiques and of statements issued by Druse leader Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party suggested a major Druse offensive was under way to overrun the village of Kabr Chmoun.
The village controls the main crossroad intersection linking the southeastern Chouf mountains with the central Aley ridge that overlooks thes U.S. Marine base at Beirut International Airport.
Communiques from both sides later said the fighting spread to the Abey area, 1.2 miles south of Kabr Chmoun, where an army garrison has been holding out since September.
An army communique said the new druse attack was mounted late Monday night, and heavy fighting had been raging since then.
Nm Braunfels, Texas
Volume 93 —No. 32
TUESDAY February 14,1984 25 Cents
(USPS 377-880)fined, gets probation
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Tuesday the case against M&R Sportswear owner Michael McGuire was concluded in court Monday.
The doors of M&R Sportswear at 483 N. West End closed Oct. 14 without notice to its 30-35 employees. The business was owned by Michael McGuire of Trinidad.
At County Court-at-Law Monday, McGuire was sentenced to one year in jail which was probated for one year, and fined $2,000. The charge against McGuire was theft over $200 and less than $750.
“I gave him the maximum sentence I could under Class A misdemeanor,” presiding judge Ron Zipp said Tuesday. “And I hope to send a message that theft isn’t good any way you slice it.
The Texas Department of l.*bor and Standards began an investigation in the unexplained closing of M&R Sportswear after employees came to work and found the locks had been changed and most of the equipment removed.
“From my end, it was a matter of everyone getting their money,” Schroeder said. ’’That was the agreement, and the case is closed.”
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An asphalt paving machine nixed by the City Council last year got thrown back into this year’s federal revenue sharing budget. A last-minute plea from Bobbie Carmichael got $3,000 for the new Hospice Program. Council decided to update just two of the city’s three outmoded traffic lights, though Barbara Tieken was against updating any of them.
Funds for emergency repairs on Lands Park’s spring-fed pool were trimmed to a bare minimum of $30,000. Council funneled all the leftover monies ($74,650) into street and drainage projects.
After two hours of public hearing and discussion, the 1963-64 revenue sharing budget was approved on a 6-1 vote. Tieken voted “no” on account of the stop lights.
The city has $225,000 to spend before this fiscal year ends in June. The final allocation included $74,650 few streets and drainage, $40,000 for a modulance-ambulance. $31,350 to update two traffic
signals, $30,000 for a pavement machine, $30,000 for pool repairs and $4,000 for the audit required by federal law. Council allocated $3,000 apiece to the Hospice Program, Conununity Service Center, Home Care Center, Mental Health-Mental Retardation and the Senior Citizens Center.
This budget deviates just a little from the one proposed by City Manager E.N. Delashmutt. He had earmarked $48,250 for replacing traffic lights, $60,000 for pool repairs and only $60,750 for streets The Hospice Program, which trains families of terminal patients to care for them at home rather than in a hospital, wasn’t on the original list.
Delashmutt had asked for an asphalt pavement laydown machine at last year’s revenue sharing budget hearing. When he noted thai Comal County had just bought a similar machine, council asked him why he couldn’t work out some kind of a deal to borrow that one.
Delashmutt did just that. In fact, County Judge
Fred Clark complained some months ago that New Braunfels got more use out of that paver than the county did. The City Council was very impressed with the work done, and it was Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. and Councilmember Donnie Seay who suggested Monday that “we need to look into getting our own machine ”
Delashmutt was glad to hear that, because he’d just received word that Comal County’s machine might not be available for such extensive city use this year He said if he’d heard that sooner, he might have included it rn the revenue sharing budget.
He thought he could get one for $30,000 He said he could stand to lose that much money from the spring-fed pool repair fund, if the council promised to allocate some more toward that when the 1964-85 revenue sharing budget comes up next June Finance Director Jim Jeffers said it would take
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The Comal County forecast calls for sunny ami warm today, becoming clear and mild tonight. Wednesday morning will be cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Jones' defense rests its case
GEORGETOWN (AP) — Generic Jones’ defense lawyers, apparently confident that their expert witnesses had poked holes in the state’s murder case against the 33-year-old nurse, today rested their case without calling Ms. Jones to the witness stand.
Defense lawyer Jim Brookshire closed the case after calling six witnesses over three days. Four of the witnesses were medical experts who never saw the little girl Ms. Jones is accused (rf killing, but studied medical records and said it didn t look Uke a murder.
State District Judge John Carter today prepared to move the trial, now in its fifth week, into its next stage, rebuttal testimony from prosecutors.
Ms. Jones, a 33-year-old mother of two, is charged with killing the girl and injuring five other patients
who came to the Kerrv ille pediatric clime where she worked in the suiiuner of 1982 She faces a possible life sentence if convicted
Brookshire used two experts on Monday to chip away at the prosecutions’* story of an aggressive nurse who aUegedly used a powerful drug to kill Chelsea McClellan in September 1982.
Poison expert Joseph Ba lk on on Monday challenged the prosec ution witness who said his tests found traces of s ucc in y Ic no Ii ne in the girl’s body.
“We’d have to say no cigar’ on the basis of confirmation’’ of the drug in the girl’s tissues. Ba Ikon said.
And Dr. William Goldie, a Houston pediatric neurologist, said the medical records he studied showed a natural death, not a murder by drugs.
MALDEF seeks NBISD injunction
The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund is going to the courts to try to stop the New Braunfels ISD trustee election in April.
MALDEF staff attorney Judith Saunders-Castro said a request for an injunction is near completion. ”1 would speculate it will be filed today,” she said.
The request will be filed with U.S. District Judge William Sessions, who will take over the case in place of retired Judge Fred Shannon.
The NBISD election for April 7 was called during the trustee meeting on Feb. 7. The school board members were required to call the election under the Texas Education Code, but had delayed the
decision because they were waiting for the results (rf a review by the Justice Department on their new election plan Because the Justice Department requested additional information in the case, NBISD will continue with its present system of electing at-large by numbered places Two places will be on the ballot School board treasurer Garland Lloyd has filed for Place I while school board president Margy Waldrip will seek reelection in Place 2 The filing deadline is midnight March 7. Candidate* can file at the district’s administration office
Ray Martinez gets his award from Clyde BoothLocal Texas Ranger 'Officer of the Year'
Texas Ranger Ramiro * Ray” Martinez was honored as Officer of the Year for 1964 by the Breakfast Lion’s Club Tuesday.
The award is given rn memory of Sheriffs Investigator Ed Murphy. who died ut a helicopter crash in 1961 while chasing a burglary suspect.
Club president Clyde Booth and member Duke Abbott orchestrated the presentation. “From the lime we were all children, we’ve heard about the Texas Rangers We had an idea about what they stood for, and the job they perform,’’ Abbott said “This is the third year we’ve made this presentation.’' he added, “and Ray Martinez is the kind of individual we’ve set out to honor. Theres no man more deserv ing ”
Martinez, along with his wife VerNell, were present to accept the award. “This honor is especially dear lr my heart because I worked closely with Ed,” Martinez said “And my wile certainly deserve* pert of this. She probably didn’t realize 23 years ago that she was marrying my job, too.”
As an Austin police officer, Martinez was involved in shooting Cheries Whitman off the University of Texas tower on Aug.
1,1966. He joined the Department of Public Safety narcotics i J in 1966, end three years made it to the interview beard for the Texas Rangers “I died on the eligibility hat that time, because there weren’t MQT openings,” Martinez said in a February, 1982 interview. But he applied again in 1973, made the grade and the list, and wee stationed in Laredo.
Then, in January of 1976, bi asked for end received a transfer to the New Braunfels area. He’a a Ranger in Company D, which covers all of South Texas and ie headquartered in San Antonio.
People like you make my Jab easy,” Martinez told the i Tuesday ‘i ve worked In counties, and I've anon their chains of law enforcement. The ones who complete thai chain art people like you, and I I***"!! yen.** Others on hand to echo agreement with the clab’s selection were New DPS Sgt. Bob Hold)
Walter Fellers, Ranter Company D Sgt Gene Powell, and Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann.
’i’ve been with the stale MW years, and worked around a let af Texas Rangers*" SgL Haider said-“Ray is the hneel I’ve anoa."M&R owner
Exemption vote due
seven homeowners at random, end compared their tax-roll values before and after the 1981 reappraisal Tieken also got before-and-after figures for “a popular resort, a leading industrial site, and two businesses,” she said.
The seven homes she checked had gone up 56 percent, 75 percent, 79, 82, 86,87 and 119 percent, respectively.
Value of the leading industrial site had increased 3.89 percent. The resort went up 33.3 percent, and the business values increased 48.5 and 60.3 percent, Tieken said.
She conceded her sample was small, and perhaps not statistically sufficient. Still, Tieken thinks it proves her claim that homeowners bore the brunt of the tax shift” in the state-ordered re-appraisal.
“Do you know why’’” Councilmen! ber Donnie Seay asked “Certainly,” Tieken replied, before the advent of central appraisal districts, commercial and industrial properties tended to be reappraised more often than homes. When all properties were brought to fair market value under the Beveto Bill, the homes took a tagger jump Seay's point seemed to be that
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ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Keeping your hose dean
New Braunfels firefighters Wes Meyer (left) and R.J. Reed try out a new hose washer outside the Central Fire Station. This device uses high-pressure streams of water to forcibly clean a fire hose, and replaces the old method of scrubbing
Staff photo bv John N Sahter
them by hand. Reed operates the clamp at right, letting water into the unit. The hose is then pulled through a cylindrical pipe with internal jets The pipe was donated by Comal Iron and Metals, and Fischbeck welding put the machine together
New Braunfels citizens will get their chance to vote on the 40 percent homestead exemption.
City Council accepted Douglas Miller’s second petition Monday-night, and unanimously agreed to put the question on the April 7 ballot Miller said the petition had been signed by 346 registered voters That’s more than he had on his Jan. 23 petition, which was declared void due to improper wording.
Mayor O A Stratemann Jr. said the second petition, drawn with the help of City Attorney John Chunn, appeared to be all in order.”
All seven council members agreed to put it on the ballot. However, they are not agreed on the issue of the homestead exemption itself. It s been voted down on four separate occasions. Before voting on Monday, several council members took the opportunity to express their individual views.
Barbara Tieken, one of the two members who have consistently supported the exemption, had some hard figures to back her position She said she had gone to Comal County Appraisal District records, picked