New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Arkansas 59, Texas 41 Houston 74, Virginia 65 SMU 60, Texas A&M 58 TCU 73, Baylor 67 Texas Tech 74, Rice 71Grand Jury indicts 10 individuals in half-day session
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The Comal County Grand Jury indicted IO individuals on 15 felony counts in a half-day session Friday that was full of variety.
Alfredo A. I^rma of 1696 W. Mill was indicted for possession of a controlled substance (heroin), enhanced by a previous conviction.
Blanche Stella Aguillon of 274 E. South was indicted for injury to a child, while Guadalupe C. Contreras of 2850 W Katy was indicted for welfare fraud involving food stamps.
Connie Hairell Alexander of 1602 Navidad, Victoria, was indicted for delivery of marijuana, possession of marijuana, delivery of a controlled substance (cocaine), and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), all relating to a November IO incident.
A possession of a controlled substance
(tetrahydrocannabinol) indictment was also returned against Charles Wayne Kelley of 214 S. Plaza. San Antonio.
Wade Hampton Beck of 343 Shropshire, San Antonio, was indicted for failure to stop and render aid. That charge related to a Jan. 4 collision with a motocycle, driven by Steven Scott Edwards.
Jerry Wayne Johnson of 314 Hialeah, San Antonio, and Gary Wayne Dalton of 4238 Eisenhaur, San Antonio, were each indicted for theft over $750 but less than $20,000, and
burglary of a vehicle. Those charges all stemmed from a Dec. 5 offense involving the theft of a stereo and the burglary of a boat.
Other indictments were: Thomas Woody Carter III of Fort Worth, Driving While Intoxicated — subsequent offense; and Karl Wayne Farrar of Star Route Box 186E, Canyon I.ake, burglary of a habitation.
The grand jury also no-billed Patsy Kathleen Owens on two charges.New -I-1—1-1-- BraunfelsNew Braunfels, TexasHarald-Zeitung
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February 19, 1984
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Judge denies motion to dismiss Geter case
DAI J JVS (AP) — A judge Saturday cleared the way for I/enell Geter’s April retrial, denying the black engineer’s motion to throw the case out ‘‘in the interest of justice” because there was no basis for it in Texas law.
State District Judge John Ovard, who heard five days of testimony during which defense attorneys tried to paint a picture of racism and police overzealousness, said the case raised two important Constitutional questions.
'After hearing the evidence and researching the law, I have concluded that under current Texas law this particular court does not have the authority to grant this motion," Ovard said.
The judge also "carried” a motion questioning the validity of photographic lineups used to convict Geter of armed robbery in October 1982, saying he would rule on it later.
“Both (issues* really reach significant Constitutional questions and we’ll carry them in that light," said Ovard, who earlier in the week of the pre-trial hearing said he thought the questions may require U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
Geter, 26, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the Aug 23, 1982, robbery of a Balch Springs fast-food restaurant. He was released in December after nearly 16 months in prison following wide-spread news coverage questioning his conviction and protests by blacks.
Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade agreed to a new trial, scheduled for April 9, conceding that news reports of the case, including a lengthy CBS News "60 Minutes" segment, had raised doubts about the validity of the conviction.
"I'm disappointed and I felt that this could be the end of my trials and tribulations,” Geter said after Ovard’s ruling "But I understand he was acting within his powers. I was just hoping and praying I wouldn’t have to go to trial.”
Ovard said even though he was denying the novel interest of justice” motion, he would allow defense
attorneys to file more briefs and possibly' present additional testimony on it.
Defense attorney George Hairston said he believed the judge was sympathtic to his argument.
"I think it’s clear that had he had such authority, he might have dismissed it (the case),” Hairston said.
Assistant District Attorney Gerald Banks questioned why, if the judge did not have legal authority to rule on the issue, he listened to five days of testimony.
"I think that with the law and the evidence, the judge could have reached this decision (last) Monday instead of today,” Banks said.
Police officers’ aggressive pursuit of Geter, a South Carolina State College graduate who had no police record and became a suspect only after an elderly white woman became frightened by the "colored man” in a parte in front of her house, forms the foundation of the defense’s claim of police misconduct.
Geter claims police had no reason to place him in lineups other than the fact that he was a black, from out-of-state, in a predominately white Texas town.
"At this moment, I’m depressed in that I was hoping I could at least return back to a normal life after this,” said Geter, who remains free on an appeal bond. "I’m confident though of being exonerated. I think a lot of exculpatory evidence was uncovered at this hearing.”
Five eyemitnesses picked him out of the photographic lineups. His co-workers at the Greenville division (rf E-Systems Inc., a defense contractor, say he was at work on the day of the Balch Springs holdup.
In a related matter, a convicted armed robber who police have said bears a striking resemblence to Geter and has admitted commiting robberies similar to the Balch Springs holdup failed a police-administered polygraph test earlier in the week.Bradberry discusses role in textbooks
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
To teach reading, writing and arithmetic, as well as everything in between, a teacher’s best friend is the textbook.
The choice of the book determines almost as much as the teacher what the student wall learn. Therefore, the State Board of Education and local districts take a great deal of care selecting books.
These selection committees check all possible bodes with a fine tooth comb.
The State Textbook Committee is very important because it "dictates w hat’s going to be taught to kids in the next ten years,” said New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry, who has been selected to serve in the group next August The State Board of Education comi.iissioner selects the 27-member commission to serve for one year, Bradberry explained, "all of which must be actively involved in public education.”
A majority those choices must be practicing teachers; usually, several committee members are superintendents. And the commissioner only can appoint one member from each congressional district.
Once the committee is appointed, it is approved by the State Board (rf Education The textbook committee meets in August to review textbooks in a major subject and some minor ones Bradberrv's tenure will be spent on science books for grades 1-8 "Normally, the hearings themselves run for five to eight days," Bradberry said.
Each committee member names advisers who help study the books. Then the committee members vote to narrow down the choices to five textbooks The selections are based on a proclamation written by the State Board of Education The
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Blizzards blow snow into Panhandle
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A powerful blizzard stormed into tile Plains with winds gusting as high as IOO mph Saturday, spreading snow from the Texas Panhandle to the Dakotas and flatting travel across parts of the Midwest with chest-high drifts.
Blizzard warnings were posted in the southeastern plains of Colorado, the Oklahoma Panhandle, and southwestern and north-central Nebraska, and many highways were barricaded or impassable.
Thousands of stranded travelers packed motels and truck stops as the storm swept out of the Rockies, where it had deposited up to 2 feet of snow earlier, and pushed toward the Great trikes, fanning a foot of snow or more with winds gusting up to 60 mph across Kansas and Nebraska into Iowa and South Dakota.
In the Texas Panhandle town of Stratford the snow was hurled by winds gusting between 75 and IOO mph
Wind gusts of 75 mph also were clocked at Boise City, Okla., where U.S. 287 was closed. Ben Harris, an employee at the Shamrock Truck Stop said, "You couldn’t find a parking spot here if you wanted to. We’re packed, with about 300 to 400 truckers.”
In eastern Colorado, where nine highways were barricaded, including Interstate 70 from east to Denver to the Kansas border, Limon Police Chief Jim Trahern said all roads into town were dosed with drifts of 4 to 5 feet.
In the northeastern Nebraska
town of Norfolk, where 14 inches of snow had fallen by noon, mail carriers couldn’t make their appointed rounds.
"People are getting stuck all over,” said Earl Meisinger, delivery and collections supervisor for the Norfolk Post Office.
With blowing snow making it impossible for drivers to see, Jack Billings, district superintendent of the Nebraska Department of Roads in Norfolk, said he might have to pull the snowplows off the streets.
In Oakley, Kan., about 60 miles east of the Colorado state line, about 15 busloads (rf travelers were among the hundreds stranded when Interstate 70 was closed. The motels filled up and about 400 people were waiting out the storm at a truck stop.
Among them was Carol Marcks, an elementary school principal from Kansas City, Mo., who was with a busload of about 40 teachers who had been on a ski trip to Vail, Colo. She said most people were "trying to help each other,” but added, "Ifs not neat to be stuck here.”
In Norton, Kan., about 80 miles northeast of Oakley, high school wrestlers from IO cities who were in town for a regional wrestling match couldn’t get home.
For Saturday night and Sunday, storm watches were in effect for southern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, southeastern South Dakota, and eastern Nebraska as the storm tracked northeastward.
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Syria rejects Lebanese peace plan
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Syria denounced the new eight-point lebanon peace plan and insisted Saturday on unconditional abolishment of the Lebanese-Israeli troop withdrawal accord. President Amin Gemayel appealed for compromise and warned that "Lebanon is dying.”
Shelling on both sides of the "green line" dividing Beirut’s Christian and Moslem sectors killed four people and wounded 12 — most of them civilians — on Saturday night, police said. It followed sporadic exchanges of gunfire during the day.
Saudi envoys who shuttled between Beirut and Damascus said Syria rejected the eight-point plan. The Syrian government's first response to it was a Friday night statement calling the plan "an open trick” to secure implementation of provisions rn the
May 17 accord.
The plan included many provisions of that accord, including simultaneous Israeli and Syrian withdrawals from Lebanon. Leaders of the Syrian-backed Druse and Shute militias have rejected it Gemayel says he is ready to discard the May pact, but only as part of the new plan. It was believed to be Saudi-sponsored, but that government disavowed it, saying it was put forward by Gemayel.
There was small arms fire between Christian and Syrian-backed Druse riulitiamen near Damour, on the coast south of the capital. An Israeli army armored unit took up a position near the Druse-controlled town, IO miles north of its Awali River defense line in south lebanon, but there were no reports of any Israeli involvement rn the fighting
President Reagan ordered the 1,200 U.S Marines in Lebanon to begin withdrawing from their base this weekend, and several landing craft carryin men and gear were seen leaving the Marine beachhead Saturday.
But tile chief spokesman for the Marines, army Col. Ed McDonald, denied the pullout had begun
In Damascus. Saudi Prince Saud al-Faisai said Sy rian President Hafez Assad refused to accept the eight-point plan and was sending Saudi mediator Rafif Harm back to Beirut with Syrian counterproposals
Asked what the counterproposals were, Syrian Foreign Minister Abdal Halim Khaddam said.
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Delegation travels to Vietnam to determine fate of AmericansInside
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - The highest-level U.S. government delegation to visit Vietnam since the end (rf the war heads to Hanoi today in an effort to resolve the fates (rf sane 2,500 Americans servicemen who did not return.
Hie five-member team will be led by U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Ariiutage and will include Ann Mills Griffiths, executive director of the National League of Families, a private lobby group concerned with the issue, said the Vietnam News Agency.
It is the highest-level team to travel to Vietnam since the war in Vietnam ended in 1975, U S. officials said. Armitage visited Hanoi in February 1982 w hen he was a deputy assistant secretary.
The UJS. government said in a statement the trip was not related to reports that Vietnam was prepared to hand over the remauis of three Americans to the Vietnam Veterans of America But it said the visit was "mutually agreed on by the two sides,” and the U.S. government hoped any remains would be handed over on a "govermnent-to-govemment” basis.
Both Arnutage and Mrs Griffith, who arrived in Bangkok aboard a special aircraft, declined to talk to journalists They are to return to Bangkok from Hanoi next Wednesday.
The other members (rf the team would be Richard Childress of the National Security Council and two officials from the US. State Department, the Vietnam News Agency said.
"The governments of the Socialist Republic (rf Vietnam and the United States of America have expressed their belief that the issue of Americans missing in Vietnam is a humanitarian issue which would be settled through cooperation and the good will of both sides,” the agency said lout month the three coiiunumst Indochinese nations of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos agreed to pool any knowledge they may have of Americans missing in Indochina and to work with American non-governmental organizations in the search for them.
The three countries, however, have insisted that no Americans are left alive in Indochina — contrary to the belief of some Americans
KGNB Radio’s official rainfall count from Friday night's storm front was .68 inch. Expect a fair, warm Sunday, with north winds blowing lb-15 miles per hour and highs in the mid- to upper-90s Tonight's low is expected to Ap to the mid- ta upper-30*
Central America Fight
President Reagan is setting die stage for a new confrontation with Congress by insisting that he retail) sole authority for determining the extent to which military aid to El Salvador should he linked to human rights performance. See Pete
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Birds at bath
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The sudden spring like weather has everyone out feeling refreshed, including these birds who decided to dunk around a bird bath on Lee Street this week.