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Bob Baker Ii a New Braunfels High School assistant football coach. Bob Baker is also the school's unofficial cartoonist-in-residence. A frustrated art student, Baker sketches his drawings on whatever scratch paper happens to be handy. He drawns comical pictures of his co-workers at the school, and occasionally sketches a self-portrait (right). Pot a tour of Baker's World, See Papa IB.
Doty, Frassmann -stay, named all-state Page 64
Fredericksburg 45, Canyon 42 Lockhart 60, NBHS 52 Dripping Springs 86, SVHS 39
The race is on
Davis makes good on promise to run for Sheriff
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Staff writer
Others who enter the 1984 Comal County Sheriff’s race will have to run against Carl Davis, the first to formally file for the office Friday.
Davis, a 48-year-old retired state trooper, made his political intentions known last July at a Republican Party fundraiser. He filed Friday with Comal County GOP Chairman Charles Berger by his side.
Dead set on running a “positive campaign,” Davis said, “Any well-run organization needs training and supervision, and that’s what I plan to implement when I’m elected sheriff. I’m going to run hard, work hard and not throw mud at anyone.”
When Davis made his announcement in July, he was a relief jailer for the Comal County Jail. Two weeks later, Sheriff Walter Fellers, first elected in
1952, decided to seek re-election for a ninth term and told Davis to “hunt him up another job.”
“I don’t have any hard feelings over all that,” Davis said Saturday. “I still consider Walter my friend.”
Fellers’ announcement quieted speculation that the 71-year-old sheriff would retire when his current term ends at the end of 1984.
Davis was a trooper with the Department of Public Safety from 1960 “until my retirement in 1982,” he said. Ten of those years were served in Comal County.
Other qualifications include training 16 rookie troopers in his stint with DPS, and over 1,600 classroom hours in law enforcement-related areas. Davis also holds an advance and instructor’s certificates from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education.
“I also spent two years as a security guard at
tached to the U.S. State Department when I was in the Marines,” he added. “While I was stationed in Rome, I served as bodyguard for then-Vice President (Richard) Nixon and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.”
Married in 1961, Davis and his wife Martha (she’s better known as “Marty) have three sons. “They’re all grown now," Davis said.
His campaign slogan, “Temper justice with common sense,” sum up Davis’ feelings about law enforcement. “If officers use those words, they’ll help. The partner who trained me taught me, and I’ve used that saying ever since,” Davis said. “It’s worked for me all these years.”
Davis thinks his past will work for him, too, in his bid for sheriff. “My experience and training qualify me for the job,” he said, “and I want to pass that on to the people. I want to provide a professional and courteous service to the people of Comal County.”
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(USPS 377-880)Disaster relief due for Valley
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan on Saturday announced a disaster declaration tor four counties in Texas because of freezing temperatures that have hurt the state's agriculture industry.
The four counties are Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy. Under the disaster declaration, the counties’ 3,800 fanners may apply for various forms of federal economic assistance to offset looses, including low-interest federal business loans of up to $75 million.
Marlin Fltzwater, deputy White House press secretary, said some 2,300 are expected to apply for the low-interest loans.
“We are grateful for the president’s decision. I hope with this announcement the federal agencies will move as quickly as possible to provide assistance to the people so devests ted by the freeze. Wee are going to be sure our state agencies are geared up to do their part,” Gov. Mark White said in a statement released by his press secretary, Ann Arnold.
The Texas Employment Commission estimated 22,000 people are out of work due to the cold weather in the four counties, and costs to the unemployment assistance program could run as high as $10 million, said Fltzwater.
The federal Emergency Management Agency designated the four counties as eligible for disaster assistance.
Reagan’s declaration includes disaster unemployment payments for approximately 20,000 people who lost their jobs because of the freeze, which damaged and destroyed valuable citrus crops.
Reagan also made available low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration and emergency loans from the Farmers’ Home Administration. Officials estimate there will be demand for $92 million worth of loans
Administration officials projected that 3,600 growers in the Rio Grande Valley suffered as a
See VALLEY, Page 12AHinman Island
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Qty Council agenda for Monday night.NFL Showdowns “7:* pm * ““ ^
Only four teams are left on the road to the Super ^ addition to the Hinman Island bids, council will Bowl, and the field will be down to two after Sun- bog at bids on health and life insurance for the city day’s games. San Francisco journeys to Washington employees.
to decided the NFC crown, while Seattle visits Los it will also consider appointing three members Angeles to face the Raiders in the AFC. Sports, apiece to the Housing Authority Board of Compage SA. miaaioners and the Arts and Cultural Commission.
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ENTER! AINT MENT..................11A michael Walker, Betty Stratemann and Dorothy
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Life on the run
New Braunfels High students Virginia Hildebrand and Jessie Willis (right) take advantage of unseasonably warm tem peratures to get in a few miles on the running trail in Landa Park. Highs in the 70s have replaced last week's record lows — at least for now.Henry says he'll file for Council
By DY ANNE FRY Staff writer
Local resort owner Bob Henry says he’s going to run for Qty Council this spring.
The filing desk isn’t open yet. In fact, the present council has yet to pass an ordinance calling the election. But the city is due to elect its three at-large council members on April 7. Henry announced this weekend that he’d be trying for one of those seats The 57-year-old New Braunfels resident, contacted Saturday night at his mother's home in Oklahoma, said he'd been considering this step for some time, and had made up his mind “a week or IO days ago.”
“I think I can do a good job for the city, if I can get enough people to believe it,” said Henry. He got into the tourist business with luanda Resort approximately IO years ago, and built the Schlit-terbahn in 1980. Before that, he was an accountant. At last report, he was still licensed through the State Board of Public Accountancy He said his sons. Gary *nd Jeff, had more or less taken over the businesses, leaving hun plenty of time to serve on the council “They’ve retired my
See HENRY, Page IZAGrand Jury broke record in 1983
If numbers are any indication, evidence of the Speedy Trial Act and its effects were a bit delayed rn Comal County Enacted by the 65th Legislature rn 1977, the Speed) Trial Act didn’t become effective until July I, 1978 Its basic message is that a court shall set aside an indictment it the state is not ready tor trial within 120 days of the commencement of a criminal action if the defendant stands accused of a felony.
In 1977, the Comal County Grand Jury returned 102 indictments and a total of 136 cases were filed in 1978 In 1979, that number dropped lo 106, and rase to 155 indictments in 1980.
Then the effects set in. Indictments rase to 232 in 1981, fell to 179 in 1982, and back up to 265 in 1983.
Of the 179 indictments ut 1982, District Attorney Bill Sc hr ceder said IX) resulted in convictions “That compares to 177 indictments and 97 convictions in Hays County where they have three assistant district attorneys, and to 272 indictments
See GRAND JURY, Page IZAT een- ager gets death sentence
HOUSTON (AP) - A 19-year-old man accused of plotting the robbery of a popular amusement center and the murders of four former coworkers was sentenced Saturday to death by injection.
The same seven-woman, five-man jury that convicted Richard James Wilkerson of capital murder deliberated two hours and IO minutes over two days before deciding he deserved the death penalty instead of life in prison.
The sentence will be appealed automatically.
Wilkerson showed no emotion when the jury’s verdict was announced. But as he left the courtroom, he bowed his head and whispered, “I’m very sorry for whet happened.”
“I don’t feel sorry for him. He didn’t feel sorry for sons,” said Jose Pequeno, father of two of the victims
Wilkerson was convicted Friday in the July I murder of Ami Varughese, an 18-year-old pre-medical student who worked as night manager at the Malibu Grand Prix, a video arcade and miniature race track in southwest Houston.
Varughese had been stabbed 42 tunes. Three other workers — Arnold Pequeno, 18; his 19-year-old brother, Joerene; and Roddy Dale Harris, 22 — also were killed.
Shortly after his arrest, Wilkerson gave police a six-page statement and helped police gather evidence.
Defense attorney Ray Howard said the jury’s verdict was not surprising. “We knew it was going to be this way. The amount of evidence was over
whelming The jury had a tough job to do and they did it.”
But Wilkerson’* mother, Dorothy Winn, sobbed and said, “This is not justice.”
Also charged with capital murder in the slayings are Wilkerson’* cousin, James Edward Randall, 18, and Kenneth Ray Hansom, a 38-year-old parolee Randall is scheduled to be tried next month, while Ransom is expected to go to trial in April.
Wilkerson had worked at the amusement center as an assistant manager and supervised three of the victims before he was Arad in June. But a cousin, Jesse Randall, testified that Wilkerson had planned the robbery even before be was fired.
“It didn t matter to him if there was one person or IOO. They were going to die,” sold Assistant District Attorney
Mary Milloy. “It was greed that caused this slaughter .”
Evidence showed the three defendants each got about $600 from the robbery.
“Anyone who could kill four people for a lousy $1,800 could probably kill someone for a piece of gum,” said Naghmeh Nagavi, an arcade worker who found the bodies “He (Wilkerson) deserved everything he got. I just hope they kill hun soon.” Testimony showed that moments before he died, Varughese gave Wilkerson bu paycheck and offered to help hun get back his job. Wilkerson then plunged a knife into Varughese Afterward, he went home took a shower and then menu shopping for clothes, testimony showed. Later he laughed and bragged about the