New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hnrald-Ze/fung. New Braunfels, Texas
Tuesday, February 24 1987
Comal Countian charged with speed operation
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A Comal County man was arrested last week at his residence on an indictment naming him as one of IO people who participated in organized criminal activity in Guadalupe County
In Guadalupe County jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond is Donnie Bill Anderson, 27, of Route 12, Box 1129. The residence is located near U S 281 and Texas 46 in western Comal County.
Anderson, named in a sealed indictment returned by a Guadalupe grand jury, was magistrated here by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
Investigators with the Comal County Sheriff’s office and the narcotics
division of the Texas Department of Public Safety served the warrant on Anderson, who is accused of participating in a speed lab operation in Guadalupe County.
DPS narcotics investigator John Lubbock said authorities have arrested ail IO persons indicted thus far in connection with the methamphetamine manufacturing operation. He said more arrests are likely.
Lubbock said the indictments and arrests are a culmination of a two-year investigation into the speed lab there
Lt Ruby Rudio of the Comal County Sheriff’s office was unable to confirm if Anderson was previously arrested on drug charges; however. Lubbock said he believed Anderson was arrested two years ago here on a similar complaint.
Court rejects inmate housing
Students from ll area schools competed In the Invitational Solo and Ensemble Contest Saturday at New Braunfels High School. Here, Jared Connor listens while Jennifer Johnson practices before the competition. For the high school students, the contest was a warm up for this weekend's University interscholastic League competition at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. For the middle school students, it was a chance to sharpen their skills in competition. Atterr ding the invitational were high school and middle school students from New Braunfels, Canyon, Sts. Peter and Paul, Navarro, Seguin, Nixon and Runge.
LESLIE KR IE WALDT/Staff Photographer
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas prison system cannot temporarily house inmates at three sites that include a National Guard camp, the 5th U S Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled The decision came Monday as Texas Department of Corrections officials announced the prison system was back below the 95-percent capacity limit and would reopen today The prisons had been closed since last Thursday Texas sought permission last fall to move inmates from overcrowded cells to the Fort Wolters National Guard camp near Mineral Wells a prison hospital unit at Galveston and
to exceed 95-percent capacity at the Wynne prison unit at Huntsville
U S District Judge William Wayne Justice refused to grant permission, and the appeals court agreed with him
“Of course we are disappointed that the court disallowed the temporary use of these facilities, but we knew there was a strong likelihood the court would rule as it did,” Attorney General Jim Mattox said
He added however, that the New Orleans appeals court did have some good news for Texas in its opinion
Schroeder: Abuse didn't meet criteria
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
Wishing to “set the record straight,” District Attorney William Schroeder talked late last week about a case involving a Comal County woman who took to the streets expressing her frustration with the prosecutor and the sheriff’s department “Sure, if you’ve been assaulted we are more than happy to help you," Schroeder said. “The appelate courts are very definite about serious bodily injury and her case simply did not fall into that definition.”
Grosser sat atop her car Feb 17 next to the courthouse annex on Seguin Street with a sign stating that the district attorney did not consider a cerebral concussion to be serious bodily injury and failed to prosecute her assailant on felony charges Her attacker, Edmund Gac-conet, 33. alledgedly broke the stock of a 22-caliber rifle belonging to the woman s father across her head in an attack Jan. 8 According to records on file in the district clerk’s office, Gac-conet had previously assaulted the woman with his fists and feet Gacconet was again apprehended by Comal County sheriffs deputies Feb. 18 in San Antonio after jail authorities erroneously released the man after failing to check for holds Gacconet. convicted in county court at-law on the misdemeanor assault charge (the Grosser incident). had a governor’s writ remanding him to Texas Department of Corrections on revocation of parole charges He had been paroled following a previous burglary conviction "We want women who are battered and beaten to know that we
are here to help We represented her (Grosser) and were successful in obtaining a protective order for her,” Schroeder said in reference to the restrictive papers ordered in district court the same morning Grosser staged her pro test outside the courthouse.
The district attorney was unavailable for comment last Wednesday because of his in volvement with grand jury pro ceedings that day “Sometimes it is hectic for us here because we are basically a one-man office,” he said, noting that the assistant district attorney is on part-time status.
“The letter we requested from her doctor, which she supplied, stated that she suffered a concus sion and that her injuries were not that serious and that she would recover fully The appelate courts are very definite about those kind of things I mean you get those types of concussions playing football.” Schroeder said
Schroeder explained in order to get a felony prosecution the injury would have had to have been one that could lead to death or result in permanent or lengthy impairment of bodily functions The injuries in Grosser s case did not meet those requirement, he said Grosser felt otherw ise
“Our investigator felt that it was a misdemeanor assault right off the bat That’s what made her mad and is why she came in to see us We did everything we could, including getting a protective order at the taxpayers’ expense, and would do that for any woman assaulted." Schroeder said
A motion to revoke Gaconnet’s parole had already been filed in Austin. Schroeder said, noting that such action is handled exclusively through the state corrections department
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A fire. apparently started by a space heater, gutted a small frame house on the city’s West End Sun day morning resulting in a total loss of the structure and its con tents
The occupants. Reynaldo and An tonio Herrera and family members reportedly returned to the house at 2015 W Katy St after visiting a relative s grave to find firefighters sifting through the smoldering re mains of their home
Fire Inspector Wesley Meyer
estimated the damage to the struc ture and contents at $20.(JOO and reported that the home was unin
The cause of the fire was an electric space heater." Meyer said of the blaze in which two engines, a ladder truck and seven volunteer firemen responded “Our knockdown time was very fast " Meyer said The occupants reportedly told Meyer that the heater was not in use however, the inspector said the heater was in the “on” position Though no injuries were reported. a dog did perish in the fire and a se
cond pet has not been found Neighbors reported seeing the animal run away
Scraps of clothes and linen in the back room where the fire originated apparently came into contact with the heater. Meyer said
The back portion of the house sustained heavy damage from the flames and heat while the remain mg structure received smoke and water damage
“We’ve been extremely fortunate this season,” said Fire Chief Jack Wilson regarding house, and especially grass fires “We work so
damn shorthanded We were fortunate that we have a very fire-conscious public It shows the concerns of the people Wilson said.
Relatives have begun a collection drive to help the victims replace some of their belongings A sister of Herrera said some goods have been received and others have been donated but they lack a pick up truck to collect some of the items
Also, a fund is expected to be started at a local bank this afternoon Anyone wishing to contribute to assist in cleanup at the house or donate household goods may call Tina Barcenas at 625-1924
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NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market turned upward today as bank issues steadied after Monday s selloff
The Dow Jones average of 30 in dust rials rose 3.23 to 2.219 77 in the first half hour of trading Gainers outnumbered losers by about 5 to 3 in the early tally of New York Stock Exchange-listed issues, with 619 up. 437 down and 466 unchanged
Volume on the Big Board came to 21 33 million shares as of IO a rn on Wall Street Bank stocks came under heavy pressure Monday on the news that Brazil had suspended interest payments on its commercial foreign debts Citicorp, which fell 3G Monday. rose ‘ii to 54-N. in early trading this morning Chase Manhattan gained • a to 38’*. and Chemical New York was up ■« at 46 G In the day's economic news. Paul Voicker. chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, said inflation is likely to increase somewhat this year because of the dollar's decline in foreign exchange But Voicker said a primary goal for the Fed in its monetary policy is to keep that increase from becoming a “broad-baaed cumulative upward movement."
The NYSE's composite index of all its listed common stocks rose .17 to 161 29 At the American Stock Exchange. the market value Index was up 19 at 316.52.
On Monday the Dow Jones industrial average dropped lf TO points to 2.216.54.
Advancing issues outnumbered declines by nearly 3 to I on the NYSE, with 433 up. 1.149 down and 367 unchanged. Big Board volume totaled 170.45 million shares, against 175 75 million in tho previous session.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The t 5 oil industry needs help from the federal government, and the Reagan administration has concluded that some sort of governmental support is necessary. Texas Gov Bill Clements said
“The Reagan administration is no longer talking about the free market working And I’m assured that there s a full realization that a free market does not exist as far as the petroleum industry is concerned." Clements said “That s a great step forward "
Clements made his statements after a two hour meeting with Energy Secretary John Herrington, attended by Rep Beau Boulter. R Amarillo, and Republican Oklahoma Gov Henry Bel I mon Clements said the governmental action he advocates is adoption of an 118 per barrel floor price and a $25 per barrel ceiling for oil sold in the United States "Between those prices there would be some kind of government support.” he said. “There would be no government assistance if the price were to go above $^ ’ *
The Texas governor said Herrington is studying an 800-page DOE report detailing options the government could take to support the domestic oil industry National lawmakers have express ed increasing concern about the nation's growing dependence on foreign oil, saying that national security depends on a reliable oil supply.
"We can’t wait forever to have a national debate and go through congressional action." Clements said ”1 think this has to be done by executive order.”
Americans' consumption of Persian Gulf oil grew from 6 percent in 1915 to 15 percent last year, the highest percentage since 1981. Foreigi oU imports accounted for 36 percent of consumption in the U S last year.
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In addition, the price of oil has dropped by nearly two-thirds in the last year devastating the economies of oil producing states and driving many oil related industries out of business
I think the issue that is concern mg the people across the country on a national basis is a stabilized (oil) price.” Clements said “The wild gyrations from $25 to $9 — it s not good for anybody It's not good for us in Texas, it's not good for the fuel users on the Northeastern coast, it s not good for industry .”
Clements said his floor and ceiling plan would help stabilize pnces and go a long way to solving the nation's dependence on foreign oil “i'm doing a lot of talking about a
floor and a ceiling, and the key word here Is price stabilization,” Clements said I have proposed an $18 floor and a $25 ceiling so that we would bring about stabilization to the industry "
He said another option would be to have a congressional debate, which both he and Boulter said would take years to complete
The DOE report with recommendations will be presented to the president sometime in March, the gover nor said
Another energy-related issue discussed was the desire for Texas to snare the $4 4 billion superconducting supercollider high-energy physics project
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