New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Ray indicted for robbery of Quality Inn
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
A 27-year-old San Antonio man suspected of robbing at least 26 motels and convenience stores by gunpoint in this area since last July was indicted for aggravated robbery Wednesday by a Comal County Grand Jury.
James Irving Ray was arrested last December by San Antonio police officers on an outstanding warr.mt for aggravated robbery in Euless, Tex. He was also charged with the armed robbery of Revco on Nov. 12,1984, and the Quality Inn on Nov. 25.
Wednesday’s indictment against Ray was only for the Quality Inn robbery, but was enhanced by a 1976 Ellis
County conviction for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Last December, Police Chief Burney Boeck indicated Ray was a suspect in at least 15 armed robberies in San Antonio, two in Austin, two others in New Braunfels (Divine Food and Drugs on Nov. ll and the Stratford House on Nov. 16), and one apiece in Seguin, Universal City and Kerrville.
Ray was among 18 individuals indicted by the Grand Jury Wednesday. Burglary, possession of marijuana, subsequent offenses for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), forgery and aggravated assault charges dominated the rest of the indictment list.
Harry Godfrey Thompson of 257 S. Hickory was in
dicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (handgun). So was Juan Manuel Moreno of 158 E. Commerce, but his indictment was enhanced by a final conviction in Comal County for assault with serious bodily injury in February of 1978.
Randolph Ben Prochnow of Route 3, Box 3720, Bulverde, and Jesus Garcia of 2136 Interstate 35 East No. 34, were each indicted for DWI — subsequent offense. Forgery by passing indictments were returned against Ricardo DeLos Santos of 1632 Michigan, David Edward Dix of Bee Cave Road in Austin, and James David Ellis of Route 2, Box 704R, New Braunfels.
James Michael Chandler and Corinne Chapa Chandler, both of 634 Flatrock, Canyon Lake, were each indicted for
possession of marijuana over four ounces, while Larry Lee Morton of Route 7, Box 618T, Canyon Lake, was indicted for burglary of a non-habitation in connection with a break-in at Pedernales Electric Cooperative last December.
Two San Antonio men — Perry James Friesenhahn of 223 Andrews and Santiago Pacheco of 495 Elvira — were indicted for burglary of a habitation in connection with the same offense on Dec. 24, 1984. However, Pacheco’s indictment was enhanced by a Bexar County conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in September of 1974, and a robbery by assault conviction in December of 1968.
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Local man critical after accident
Comal Rtver 242 cfs (up 41
Canyon inflow.......... 251 cfs (up 41
Canyon Dam outflow 375 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 623 81 (down OI)
Canyon Lake level ........ 902 06 (up 02)
Party cloudy and mild weather will continue through the week. Today’s high is expected to reach 62, with winds from the north at about 15 mph. Winds will decrease tonight as the low drops to about 35. Friday’s high will be about 65, as clouds increase heading into the weekend.
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By DANA STELL Staff writer
A 22-year-old New Braunfels man remains in a San Antonio hospital in critical condition today with a head injury and multiple fractures after his motorcycle collided with a truck Wednesday.
Mark Moore of 1025 Mission Dr. was transported to Methodist Hospital of San Antonio Wednesday from McKenna Memorial Hospital. He was in surgical intensive care this morning and listed as critical.
At ll :44 a.m. Wednesday, a private sanitation truck from Guadalupe County slowed dow.i to make a left turn from the northbound lane of Texas 46 South. “The traffic was slowing down behind him,” said New Braunfels Police patrolman Russell Bell. “And the motorcycle passed them all.”
Bell said Moore crossed the double yellow center stripe and struck the rear left portion of the truck as it
turned left onto Mary Boulevard. The 1980 Honda 400 left 50-foot skid marks on the pavement and was traveling at about 50 mph, Bell said.
Both the motorcycle and Moore hit the truck. “He bashed up his head pretty good,” Bell said, adding that Moore was not wearing a helmet.
Moore’s right leg was broken in two places, Bell said.
No one was cited in the incident.
Meanwhile, an early-morning accident this morning at the intersection of Casten and Nacogdoches became the second accident there this year.
A school bus collided with a car at this intersection on Jan. 24 when the driver of the car, southbound on Casten, allegedly pulled out in front of the bus, which was headed east on Nacogdoches.
At 7:45 this morning, a 1979 Thunderbird driven by Victoria Garcia of New Braunfels was
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Of RYL CLARK, HERALD ZEITUNGValentine spirit in air
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Couples flocked to wedding chapels along the Las Vegas strip today seeking to tie a Valentine knot, while a Massachusetts justice of the peace planned to give away free weddings on the 15th anniversary of his own Valentine’s Day ceremony.
As a YWCA in upstate New York prepared to stage its third • annual charity “hug-a-thon,” Michigan remained in the grip of a violent storm that seemed certain to delay many of the estimated 60 million roses the nation’s lovers hoped to receive today.
Meanwhile, school children in 45 states were marking the day named for the Roman martyr St. Valentine by spreading messages of Valentine’s Day cheer from the heart to underprivileged childrenSee VALENTINE’!, Page ISA
Mattox, Earle happy
AUSTIN (AP) — A jury of eight women and four men has been chosen to hear the expected three to fours weeks of testimony in the commercial bribery trial of Attorney General Jim Mattox.
State District Judge Mace Thurman said the state would present the first prosecution witness Friday morning.
The trial was in recess today after Wednesday’s daylong jury selection process.
In addition to the regular jury, two alternate jurors were picked, one man and one woman, to sit through the trial and be ready in case a regular juror becomes ill.
“It’s a good jury,” said Roy Minton, Mattox’s chief attorney.
“I’m delighted,” said Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle.
Both warned would-be jurors the trial would be long and complicated, and hightly controversial.
“You are going to hear tapes of him (Mattox) and other lawyers yelling at each other and using bad language that you won’t like, but your only duty is to decide if Mr. Mattox is guilty of the charge made in the indictment,” said Minton.
“Does anyone think the attorney general should be free to bribe anybody?” Earle asked the panel. “Does anyone have any problems with deciding whether the attorney general is telling the truth?”
He got no answers.
Mattox was indicted in September 1983, accused of threatening in a telephone call to put the Houston law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski out of the municipal bond business unless one of its partners, Tom McDade, dropped efforts to question Mattox’s sister in connection with a lawsuit involving the state, South Texas rancher Clinton Manges and Mobil Oil Corp The suit was settled last year.
McDade will be the first witness.
Mattox has denied threatening McDade and says the prosecution has no tape of the telephone conversation.
“About half of the people testifying in this suit are lawyers, and lawyers don’t think they are right — they know by God they are right,” said Minton. “My knees shake at the thought of putting Jim Mattox on the stand, because he is a lawyer. You put McDade and Jim, both lawyers, in a room together and you’ll have a terrible fight.”
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Jewelry found in San Antonio pawn shops has slapped another house burglary charge on a 27-year-old New Braunfels man.
James C. Claxton was arrested on Feb. 7 at his Camp Willow Road residence by New Braunfels police for the Jan. 24 burglary of 310 Lakeview On Tuesday, he was charged with a burglary at 19 Overlook on Jan. 30.
As of presstime today, Claxton was in custody in the Comal County Jail on $50,000 bond for each off ease.
Detective Mario Guerrero said about $2,000 in stolen property has been recovered from pawn shops in Austin and San Antonio, linking Claxton to both burglaries.
“We do periodic pawn shop checks, and his name popped up," Guerrero said
Five rifles valued at $850 were stolen from the Lakeview residence, and were still in the pawn shops when police discovered the Claxton connection. So was jewelry stolen from the residence on Overlook, which included a gold ring with pearls and rubies, another gold ring with the initials “H R ” in diamonds, and a pair of earrings.
The local investigation on Claxton was spearheaded by Ray Douglas with the New Braunfels Police Criminal Investigation Division.
LL Felix Roque said at the time of his arrest, Claxton had a newspaper copy of Col. I.*roy Zunker’s funeral notice m his possession. “Then he had the address, and the date and time of the funeral on a separate piece of paper, and a star by his name.
“We arrested him at 12:30 p.m., and the funeral was at 2 p.m. So I think we may have prevented another burglary with a timely arrest,” Roque added.
Tho narc /Questions raised
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BY LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Comal constables have traveled different routes in trying to obtain patrol cars, and one of those routes may have been a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Newly-elected constables Danny Scheel ( Precinct 2) and Fidel Tamez (Precinct 4) both needed cars. Scheel’s 1976 model has 213,000 miles
on it; the speedometer on Tamer's (Precinct 4) 1980 model car had broken at 180,000 miles.
While Tamez was publicly confronting commissioners on his budget requests which included a newer car, Scheel discussed with Sheriff Walter Fellers about getting one of the cars that would be retired after the latest shipment of new patrol cars arrived.
But he later dropped that idea
“Because the sheriff has added three or four new people that needed cars, the only ones they had to let loose of were old cars with over 100,000 miles on them So I would not have been a heck of a lot better off,” Scheelsaid.
Then Scheel spotted a public notice for bids on a game warden’s car.
“Tile car belongs to the state of
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SA man arrested in rape case
A 24-year-old San Antonio man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the rape and stabbing of a 20-year-old New Braunfels woman last weekend
Arthur Rangel of 815 Afterglow, San Antonio, was charged with aggravated kidnapping for purposes of sexual abuse. He was arrested at a relative’s home on Everest Avenue around 4 p.m. Wednesday by Comal
County Sheriff’s LL Rudy Rubio and Investigator Dennis Koepp, with assistance from San Antonio Detective Ronnie Maxwell.
Peace Justice Harold Krueger recommended a $50,000 bond, which was accepted by a judge m Bexar County. “Rangel chose to remain in the county he was arrested in,” Rubio said. “But if he doesn’t make bail in 24 hours, he will be tran
sferred to the Comal County Jail.” The victim was released from Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio late Saturday following treatment for a stab wound to her chest. Her car was forced off U.S. Highway 281 around 2:15 that morning by a small pickup, driven by a Latin male in his mid-20s The manSea RAPE, Paia UA
Guns recovered by police detectives
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