New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rangers facing playoff test
Smithson Valley’s boys will try to keep up the hot streak that carried them from a 3-13 non-district record to a second-place finish in District 26-3A when they travel to Cuero Friday night for a bidistrict game with Sweeny. Sweeny, the state’s 10th-ranked Class 3A team, has the apparent edge, but nothing is certain after the Rangers’ stretch drive. Sports, Page 5.
Another grim discovery
Body of murdered Dallas man found by local patrolman
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The body of a 46-year-old Dallas bartender was discovered by a New Braunfels police officer Wednesday near the Dry Comal Creek.
Patrolman David Reininger was on routine patrol about 11:30 a.m. when he made the grim discovery. Jimmy Donald Honeycutt was face up on top of a brown sleeping bag in the weeds. He’d been shot with a handgun once in the neck and three times in the chest.
The body was found about 84 feet away from a private driveway that turns off of West San Antonio
St. past Ix)op 337, and about 12 feet from the banks of the Dry Comal Creek.
“I have a habit of checking out-of-the-way places for evidence of criminal activity,” Reininger said Thursday. “There were tracks where a vehicle had backed into some weeds, so I checked it out. That s when I found him.”
The officer also said the last check he ran on the area was late Sunday morning, and the vehicle tracks in the weeds weren’t there. “So the body probably wasn’t either.”
Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo made his ruling of homicide Wednesday, and Honeycutt was identified through fingerprints.
Honeycutt’s body makes three such grisly discoveries in Comal County this year. Two Houston boys hiking in Canyon Park on Jan. 28 found the body of Mark Clegg Holmes, 28, of Kyle. Dr Bayardo ruled death by strangulation, and officers believe Holmes was hanged from a nearby tree, then dragged into a brushy area.
Human bones were also found in the Whispering Hills subdivision on Jan. 7. The remains were later identifed as 23-year-old Pamela Sue Pace, who’d been missing since June of 1981.
All three cases are still under investigation by Sheriff’s Investigators Kermit Kroesche, Rudy Rubio and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez.
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THURSDAY February 23, 1984 25 Cents
'Bubble boy's' struggle is over
HOUSTON < AP I - The fight for life is over for David, the 12-year-old “bubble boy" who spent all but the last two weeks of his life in a series of plastic germ-free bubbles because his own immune system was unable to protect him from the dirty outside world.
David, whose last name never has been released because his parents sought privacy, died at 8 p.m. (ST Wednesday in his room at Texas Children’s Hospital, officials said.
“He started experiencing irregular heartbeats, then fluids formed in his lungs and his heart failed.” hospital spokeswoman Susannah Moore Griffin said.
“His physicians were not able to determine that an infection is present, but some symptoms indicated a possible infection,” David’s doctor, William T. Shearer, said in a statement
An autopsy would be performed, Shearer said.
The heart failure came less than two days after doctors said David’s condition worsened from serious to critical and just 15 days after he unexpectedly was taken from his bubble after developing flu-like symptoms attributed to an experimental bone marrow transplant made last October.
“At this time the doctors don’t know and don’t have the answers," hospital spokesman Gayle McNutt said. “There was always the hope that a
David's life at-a-glance
HOUSTON (API The lolloping is <j i hionoioyy of significant events in the I 2 yea» life of David, the "bubble boy" botn with no immune system, who died it ll pm Well needsy
1971 David is deliverec by caesaiean section Sept ZI after doctors discover through pre riatai tests there is a SO SO chance he suffers from Severe Combined Immune Deficiency Syndrome, the disease which killed an older brother in hrs infancy The 7 pound child is placed in a sterile crib isolator within seconds of hrs beth
1972 David goes home alternating sn weeks there with sn weeks in the hospital
1977 David gets a tutor to iMovide his lust I or mal education In November NASA presents him with a specially made spacesuit which allows him to Uke trips outside his home
1979 David tuggers a medical em et ganev when he swallows two coms from hts collection On# rests rn hrs stomach the other in Ins Wind pipe making breathing difficult I hay are by ikx trvs
1979 A telephone hookup to his room
allows David to Irstan to classroom activities
1991 David tenutos home now all bot two weeks of the year when he is hospitalized for two one week slavs A Catholic priest celebrates mat* at hrs home and David received first communion
1992 Doctors end hrs parents consute' a bone mettow transplant m hopes of triggering hts immune system but decided to watch developments at hospitals around th# country because of the amperimerual nature of the operation David s score on an IO lest shows thai while he is rn the tilth grade he furs the atHbties of an eighth grade'
1993 David receives an encyclopedia for his bubble and teams to play a miniature piano He visits a theater lur a *(>eciei showing of g
Star Wars ' movie Hetuin Of The Jedi'' Serious discussions are held with doctors and parents about a bone marrow transplant The operation is performed October 20.
matching donor could be found. They never found that donor.”
It was hoped, however, that an unmatched but chemically treated transplant — from David’s 15-year-old sister Katherine — would trigger within the boy an inunune system he never had.
Instead, the transplant may have cost him his life.
“It was necesary to take the calculated risk,” McNutt said.
His parents agreed. So did David, who even signed the consent forms himself, clearing the way for the Oct. 20 operation.
But in January, for the first time in his life, he developed diarrhea and vomiting.
On Feb. 7, he unexpectedly was removed from the bubble for the first time since birth so physicians could better treat him.
The breaking of the bubble allowed him — for the first time rn his life — to kiss his mother
But he developed a bleeding ulcer and began receiving blood transfusions. Other internal bleeding occurred and could not be found or stopped
Doctors announced Feb. 13 tests showed David had graft-vs.-host disease, a common condition among bone marrow transplant recipients. On Feb. 16, his condition was listed as serious. On Tuesday, he pas put on the critical list.
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His hands in constant motion, Rob Mosbacher discusses his Senate campaign
Suspect jailed in Circle K robbery
Police had a man in custody, and planned to charge him with a Wednesday night robbery of a Circle K store, as of press time Thursday. But a police spokesman declined to release the man’s name until he had been brought before a magistrate
The suspect, a white male in his mid-20s, was spotted by officers en route to the Circle K at 508 N. Union. “The description the clerk gave us matched the description of the guy they saw on the way to the scene, so we picked him
up,” said a police detective.
The robbery occurred just before ll p.m. A white male came into the store, threatened the male clerk with a pocketknife and took an undetermined amount of money from the Circle K’s cash register, the detective said.
The clerk, who was not injured, called the police as soon as the robber left. The suspect was arrested approximately two blocks away from the store, and the money has not been recovered yet.
A tall order
Mosbacher optimistic about Senate chances
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Rob Mosbacher, 32-\ear-old Houston oil executive. picked a steep road when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. But he told Comal County Republicans at Krause’s Cafe Wednesday, “I’m in this race to win it I wouldn’t be in it if I didn’t think I could w in ”
Mosbacher, one of four candidates seeking the GOF nomination for John Tower’s soon-to-be-vacated seat, has never run for office before But he notes, “I’ve been a Republican all my life,” and adds, “My whole political experience has been at the national level.”
Congressman Phil Gramni is widely regarded as the frontrunner for the GDP nomination, and Congressman Hon Paul and former gubernatorial candidate Hank Grover are also in the race.
Mosbacher moved to Washington in 1971 to work for Sen. Howard Baker. He finished college at Georgetown University, came back to Texas to take a law degree at Southern Methodist University, and was called back to Waslungton wtien Baker became Senate Majority I .reader
“We had a new president at that time — Jimmy Carter — w ho, despite the best of intentions, understood so little about how the legislative and executive branches of government need to work together,’’Learning by exampleInmates tell students of their mistakes
By DORIAN MARTIN and DEBBIE DalOACH Staff writers
life behind bars just doesn’t compare to freedom.
That’s the message two Texas Department of Corrections inmates brought to high school students in appearances at Canyon and New Braunfels high schools Wednesday.
Joel, who is servuig a 15-year sentence for manslaughter, and fellow trustee Donny, serving a 10-year sentence for burglary, recounted their life stones to stand as negative examples for the students
Both first-tune offenders are serving time with 2,100 other inmates, ages 17-21, in the Ferguson Unit, which is 20 miles outside of Huntsville. TDC is currently housing 37,000 prisoners in 27 separate units.
Noting he didn’t believe he would actually be sent to prison as a youngster, Joel said, “Prison is reality .” He has been there three years.
Joel was brought up in Irving. His father was a heart surgeon; his mother, a housewife. In a family with three sisters and a brother, he was the oldest.
IBs teenage years gave no indication of his reality
PUC derails Bell's rate hike plans
Mosbacher told the 20 or so locals that turned out to hear him speak Carter had never worked in W ashington - and being from (ieorgia. lie also wasn't used to a bi-partisan Congress, the candidate said.
His background lias prepared him for those things “I can go to work for you the first day in office," Mosbacher said In the past few years, he’s been working with President Reagan on the Private Sector Initiatives program Mosbacher described it as an effort to find “creative, alternative ways of dealing with social problems ’’
Mosbacher s attitude toward social problems will be a central issue rn his campaign He feels it s one of the things that distinguishes hun from other Republican candidates
The Houston executive doesn’t deny that federal welfare and social-service programs are full of waste, inefficiency and fraud But he still sees the need for the services. And unlike some members of his parly, Mosbacher is w tiling to provide hands-on assistance in getting alternative programs started “If it cornea down to Washington dealing with it, or no one dealing w ith it at all, there are those in Washington
See MOSBACHER. Page 16
AUSTIN (AP) - The Public Utility Commission voted 3-0 today to bar Southwestern Bell from inunediately increasing residential rates by $2 75 a month
PUC Chairman Al Erwin said he thought the commission should go along with Attorney General Jim Mattox's general opinion that tile phone company is not entitled to charge the higher rates until April 22 But Erwin and all parties rn the case conceded that the final decision will be made in the courts.
The battle concerns whether a 1983 law governs bell’s rate hike request The company is seeking an overall $1 3 billion increase A decision in that case is not expected until the spring But state law allow s utilities to charge higher rates, subject to refund if a decision is not reached in a specified time
The 1983 law lengthened that specified time
Bell wants to charge higher rates
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Prison official Doug Eckles, with Joel (left) and Donnie
now. An honor roll student, he was a member of the National Honor Society, captain of his school's track team, and a photographer on the yearbook staff He graduated with big plaits that didn’t include prison But he can trace his downfall back to one big mistake. At a fraternity party at Southern Methodist University, he helped steal some bicycles “At first it started as a dare, as a little prank,” he said. He thought he’d gotten away with the deed until
he enrolled in Texas AAM University. That’s when he was called back to Irving and put on three years’ probation.
Back at AAM, Joel befriended Fred, a high school acquaintance who was known for his drug addiction. Fred had problems. He'd stolen some cocaine from a group of Louisiana drug dealers. They started
See INMATES, Page iiInsideToday's Weather
This afternoon will be sunny and warm, with winds from the southeast at 10-15 nules per hour Tonight will be partly cloudy and not so cool, with a low near 50. Ijght
winds will shift to northerly before morning, blowing 10-15 mph through Friday. Friday will be fair and a little cooler Sunset today will be at 6 26 p m , and sunrise Friday at 7:02 a in.