New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, February 24, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 3A *Parolee executed for 1987 Dallas murder
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A parolee with burglary and auto theft convictions was executed Wednesday night for fatally clubbing a Dallas man with a 2-by-4 during a burglary while the victim dozed in an easy chair at his home.
Strapped to the death chamber gurney, Cornelius Goss apologized to his victim’s family.
“I don’t think I can say anything that will help, but I hope through your God, you can forgive me,” Goss said. “I’m definitely not the person now that I was then. I was sick, afraid, looking for love and friends in all the wrong ways. I’ve caused you pain and grief.”
Before the drugs took effect, Goss turned to his mother, who was watching through a nearby window, and said he loved her. The victim’s son, daughter-in-law and two family friends also watched.
Goss took a deep breath, sputtered and was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., seven minutes after the flow of lethal drugs began.
Goss, 38, did not deny killing
Federal judge won’t stop execution of grandmother
AUSTIN (AP) — A federal district judge Wednesday refused to halt this week’s scheduled execution of a 62-year-old woman and her attorneys said they would take their case to the federal appeals courts.
U.S. District Judge James Nowlin denied Betty Lou Beets’ request for a temporary restraining order that would have halted the lethal injection set for after 6 p.m. CST Thursday.
The order came a day after the state parole board refused to commute Beets’ sentence.
Beets’ lawyer, Joe Margulies, said the denial would be taken to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. If rejected there, the case would be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he said.
“We’re disappointed,” Margulies said,. “We are working on our 5th Circuit papers right now.”
Beets would be only the second woman executed in Texas since the Civil War and the fourth in the nation since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume in 1976.
66-year-old Carl Leevy the evening of May 20, 1987.
“I’m definitely guilty,” Goss said in an interview last week. “I was just out to get some money to get some drugs. I’ve been sorry
from day one.”
“I’m glad to hear Mr. Goss say what he said because I needed to hear that,” Clark Leevy, the victim’s son, said after watching Goss die. “The important thingChildren’s book laced with adult material
we all need to recognize is that we all have choices. They can be good or be bad. When we make wrong choices, there are consequences.
“Justice was served. It was a long time, but certainly the right thing happened today.”
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DALLAS (AP) — About 300 copies of a children’s book were made of paper recycled from European massage literature, and an R-rated image is still turning up in the innards of some Barney books.
Richardson, Texas-based Lyrick Studios, the licenser of Barney books and videos — the popular purple dinosaur that sings — says the books’ publisher, Publications International Ltd., is offering replacements or substitute books to parents who bought ones con-
need more than 343,000 acre-feet of municipal water in 2050 —compared to the almost 44,000 acre-feet of projected municipal demand in the Guadalupe River Basin in 2050, group members said.
Many of those in attendance at the meeting said they were concerned about the San Antonio area taking water from other regional watersheds in what was referred to as the “San Antonio Hose.”
Region L planning group outlined options for its water management plan that also were located in the Lower Colorado Region.
The group must narrow its current list of 57 water options for the region down to one option that will woik for the entire region by October 2000.
Five of the 14 options discussed included the purchase and diversion of water from other regions.
The two planning groups also discussed joint efforts to explore alternative water sources such as brush management, weather modification, rainwater harvesting and desalin-
taining the image.
While the picture of a barebreasted woman massaging a man is not outwardly visible, it has turned up in the stiffening material beneath a keypad designed to play music as the child reads the book, Lyrick spokeswoman Kelly Lane said.
At least one child has discovered the picture.
Some of the material, however, contains only text about sensual and exotic massage written in either a Scandinavian language or
ization that might become more feasible options in the near future.
Region L and Region K will have another joint meeting at IO a.m. March 6 at the San Antonio River Authority, IOO E. Guenther Street in San Antonio.
Residents can obtain more information about Region L water planning by visiting its Web site at www.watershedexperience.com
German, she said. A book that is deteriorating or taken apart could reveal either the image or the text.
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Katherine “Kitty” Beadel Fowler, 82, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at a Kingsland nursing home. Mrs. Fowler was born on Nov. 22, 1917, in Moody, Texas. Graveside ser-
Vivian Irene Carney, a resident of Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Compass Hospital of San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 79 years. Ms. Carney was born on Jan. 14, 1921. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home at Canyon Lake. Funeral services
SANCHEZ Henry S. Sanchez, 75, of New Braunfels, died Feb. 21, 2000, in San Antonio. Mr. Sanchez is survived by 2 sisters, 4 brothers, a daughter, 3 stepchildren, 6 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded
vices are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at
Greenleaf Cemetery, with Father Andrew Bradley officiating. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery.
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are scheduled for IO a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at
Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home at Canyon Lake, with the Rev. John Massey officiating. Burial will be in Fischer Cemetery in Comal County, Texas. Memorials may be given to the charity of one’s choice.
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in death by his wife, Marion Sanchez, in 1995. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, in Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park with Msgr. Edward Bily officiating.
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PALESTINE, Texas (AP) — Robbie Knievel found out he’s faster than a speeding locomotive.
The son of famed stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel safely completed his 200-foot, ramp-to-ramp jump over an oncoming Texas State Railroad train Wednesday night.
An estimated 10,000 people gathered along the pine tree-lined tracks for the jump, which was broadcast live on Fox television. White fireworks shot into the night sky as he cleared the distance and landed cleanly on the other side.
Afterward, Knievel jogged to the top of the ramp and waved to the crowd.
“That was close,” he said, smiling and out of breath.
“God’s always watching over me.”
Spectators included members of the Christian Motorcycle Association of Longview, sporting black biker jackets and bandanas.
“I’ve watched his father. I
believe he’s going to be just as great,” association member Glenn French, 45, of Longview said before the jump. “He’s definitely going to live up to the Knievel name.”
Knievel readily admits he’s not Superman and prays before each jump. Other than the historic train, a strong wind was the only obstacle in the younger Knievel’s way before the jump.
In a state that leads the nation in vehicle-railroad collisions, the stuntman offered several disclaimers to viewers.
“We are saying Robbie is a professional stuntman and this is not to suggest that anyone should try anything like this at home,” a Fox TV spokeswoman in Los Angeles, who declined to be identified, said Wednesday.
Knievel’s jump was broadcast from Texas State Railroad’s Palestine Park. He sped directly toward the oncoming train, propelling his motorcycle from a ramp positioned at an angle on the
north side of the steam-powered locomotive’s tracks.
He took off on his motorcycle just before the train plowed into part of the wooden ramp. Knievel cleared the locomotive smokestack and landed on another ramp.
“Anybody out there that tries this is out of their mind,” the younger Knievel told the Palestine Herald-Press in Wednesday’s editions. “They would not be too smart.”
Crews earlier in the day put finishing touches on the site as morning clouds and rain cleared.
The 37-year-old Knievel recently performed two other nationally televised stunts. Last February, he made a motorcycle jump from the roof of one building to the roof of another.
In May, he broke his own record by jumping a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon. He cleared a gorge 2,500 feet above the canyon floor at the Hualapai Indian Reservation. He was to try the same jump a month earlier but
canceled at the last minute because of wind and cold.
Knievei achieved notoriety in _ April 1989 by jumping the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las • Vegas, a stunt that nearly killed his father 21 years earlier.
The younger Knievel said he understood the risks of such I
jumps, but told the Herald-Press he has only “broken IO or ll bones” and “has had asphalt picked out of ; my behind a few times.
“My dad had 14 major opera- I bons but I’ve never been seriously ! hurt,” he added.
The elder Knievel started the ;
family tradition by jumping a ;
motorcycle over a pit of rat- ’
tlesnakes and two cougars. His !
career climaxed with his unsuccessful 1974 jump over the Snake River Canyon’s south rim in Idaho, j
Texas Railroad Commission ;
Chairman Michael Williams I
asked Fox TV to show public-ser- I
vice announcements about train safety because of fears the jump ; might trivialize the dangers.
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