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In!Bones came from young woman, official says
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Bones found in the woods of Whispering Hills subdivision Saturday have been there for over a year and came from the body of a white female between 20-30 years old.
That was the word from Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo Wednesday. He based his findings on a grisly delivery the same day from Texas
Ranger Ray Martinez and Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Rudy Rubio.
The two men hand-carried a partial skull without the lower jaw, two leg bones, part of a tailbone, a clump of hair and another bone (possibly from an arm) to Austin. The bones were discovered on a wooded lot in the subdivision, just off Highway 46 about 18 miles from New Braunfels, by a San Antonio man looking for property.
“He (Bayardo) told us she was between 20 and 30 years old, was about 5’ 5“ or 5’ 5V\ had light brown hair, and she was white,” Martinez said. “He also said she’d been there in excess of a year but probably under two years.”
Dr. Bayardo was unable to determine the woman’s cause of death Wednesday. “There were no bullet holes or anything like that in the bones we’ve found so far,” Martinez added. “That’s why we need to find some more,
so it’s back to digging.”
Martinez and Rubio paid a visit to the Missing Persons Division of the San Antonio Police Department Wednesday afternoon, looking for a file that might match Bayardo’s description.
“We came back with three or four possibilities,” Rubio said Thursday, “but that’s just based on physical descriptions and still pretty sketchy.”JBL. New JJJ-L Braunfels
New Braunfels, TexasHgrald-Zeitung
Volume 93 —No. 9 16 Pages
THURSDAY January 12, 1984 25 Cents
(USPS 377-8801Time for politics
Most Comal incumbents plan to run again
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Most of the incumbents in Comal County offices hope to still be incumbents at the end of 1884.
Almost all of those people who currently occupy those positions which will be on the 1984 primary' and general election ballots — two commissioner offices, sheriff, county attorney, district attorney, tax assessor-collector and four constable offices — are planning to run again.
Several incumbents have already filed while some plan to in the near future with party chairmen Thomas Bluntzer (Democrats) and Dr. Charles Berger 1 Republicans).
Two incumbent constables — Lester Jonas in Precinct 3 and James Ivy in Precinct 4 — have not made a decision yet.
Here’s a rundown of the political scene as it looks now:
Precinct 3 Commissioner. Charles H. “Tart” Mund will have served as county commissioner for Precinct 3 for eight years as of Dec. 31. He filed last week in the Democratic primary for another term at tile post.
* I still have a deep concern for the county. I feel our county is growing by leaps and bounds,” Mund said in explaining his reason for running for
“The influx of people is one of many concerns,” he continued. “We’ve got to continue to hold the line on our subdividers to make sure everything is done acceptable to our rules and regulations.
“Also the jail is a major step for the county and taxpayers of the county, and arnee it’s in my precinct, I feel I have to see it through," Mund said.
“Also looking at the future expansion of our office facility and space, parking problems, etc. is another major reason for wanting to seek my office.”
Precinct I Commissioner : Describing himself as a “full-time commissioner,” J.L. “Jumbo” Evans filed last week for re-election to the Precinct I post.
"Number one, I have been encouraged to by a number of my constituents in Precinct I," he said. “I feel I have done a good job and will continue to devote all tile time that is necessary; in effect, I’m a full-time commissioner.”
Evarts, a Republican, said, ‘i’d Uke to see the county with more planning capability.
"As part of that, I’m very anxious to get the Growth and Development Committee reactivated with a much broader scope of objectives," he said.
“There have been some things I’ve been interested in all along, and Iii continue to be interested in,” Evans said. He said he was especially concerned with supporting the county road department, the law enforcement offices, and the Sheriff’s Department.
Evans will have been the Precinct I commissioner for four years as of Dec. 31.
Tax Assessor-C oiler tor: After eight years of service, Gloria Clennan intends to try for another term as Tax Assessor-Collector. She has not filed with the Democratic Chairman yet, but plans to in the near future.
Mrs. Clennan, a Democrat, was first appointed to the office on Dec. I, 1975 to fill an unexpired term. She has been elected to the position ever since.
See ELECTION, Page 16County election at-a-glance
Bill Reimer IDemoI
Bill Schroeder IDemo)
Walter Fellers IDemo)
Carl Davis (GOP) filed
Gloria Clennan IDemoI
Commissioner Precinct 1
J.L. Evans (GOP)
Commissioner Precinct 3
Charles Mund IDemo)
Constable Precinct 1
Werner Kiesling IDemoI
Constable Precinct 2
Kermit Vetter (Demo)
Constable Precinct 3
Lester Jonas IGOPI
George Wickman IGOPI filed
Hank English IGOPI announced
Robert Butler (GOP) announced
Constable Precinct 4
James Ivy IDemo)
Fidel Tames (GOP! filed
General's death: murder suicide?
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A note pinned to the body of a two-star Army Reserve general found dangling from a noose at Fort Sam Houston said he had been slam, but the FBI raised the possibility today that he hanged himself.
Pentagon officials who declined to be identified said the note read: “Captured, tried, convicted of crimes by the U.S. Army against the people of the world. Sentenced and executed."
The body of Maj. Gen. Robert G. Ownby, his arms bound behind him with a belt, was found Wednesday hanging from the second-story stairwell of an Army headquarters building, the FBI said.
A FBI statement released in San Antonio this morning said Ownby might have bound himself. “The possibility of the victim having placed the belt around his own wrists has not been ruled out.”
Pentagon officials had said earlier today that Ownby’s death could have been suicide or it could have been murder, with the note indicating it was a terrorist act only a “diversion.”
Ownby, 48. the commander of the 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command, was found about 6:40 a m. by an employee coming to work. FBI Agent Pat Cowley said. Ownby was described as a hard worker who split time between his reserve duties and his fulltime position as an officer of the Delaware Punch Co.
The F BI statement today also said that there was no sign of a struggle.
“His jacket was found on a second-floor landing of
A FBI statement released in San Antonio this morning said Ownby might have bound himself.
the Army Reserve building, neatly folded," the statement said. “His eyeglasses, folded, were adjacent to his jacket. His wallet was on top of the jacket. There was no indication of foul play or of violence^ the scene.”
The FBI will continue to investigate the case to “determine whether Gen. Ownby’s death was suicide or murder,” the statement went on to say.
The Washington Post had reported Ownby had been beaten, but the FBI statement quoted Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent Dimaio as saying that blood found on the general’s body could have come from his mouth and nose as a result of the hanging.
Dimaio found “no preliminary marks or bruises that would indicate a struggle,” the FBI said A spokesman for Dimaio's office said he would have no further comment. Earlier Dimaio had ruled the cause of death to be asphyxiation.
Cowley, who indicated he had read the note, s-iid iie Knew of no reason to suspect the killing was the
See GENERAL, Page 16Three contenders emerge for Constable Pct. 3
If Precinct 3 Constable laster Jonas runs again, he’ll have plenty of company on the GGP primary ballot.
Three candidates have emerged to challenge Jonas in the May primary, including fired highway patrolman Robert Butler.
Butler and Hank English, a former Sheriff’s deputy, liave announced, but not filed. George Wickman of Startz-ville is Jonas’ first official opponent, as he filed tins week.
Jonas said he has not decided whether to seek re-election.
Wickman said he is seeking the office in order to give protection to the SLartzvillearea.
“We’ve never seen a constable in Hie Start/.Ville area,” he said
Wickman said a more visible constable is needed in the area due to an increase in vandalism. “It’s happening more and more all the time.”
English, who lives near Spring Branch, plans to file by the end of the month in the Republican primary.
“I live out in this area and I feel we
have quite a few people out here,” he said.
Because of this, English thinks lie can, as constable, help the Sheriff’s Department give better law enforcement.
English was with the Sheriff's Department for two years as a deputy, but “resigned with the specific plans of running.”
Butler was in the news for over a week last year after he challenged his transfer to Rockport, claiming it was because he liad brought alleged irregularities in the local Department of Public Safety office to light. After a week-long hearing, District Judge Robert Pfeuffer ordered the transfer, and Butler was dismissed when he failed to report, He currently has a civil suit pending against the department.
Explaining his decision to run for office, he said, “Because I’d Uke to stay in law enforcement.”
Butler said he always had planned to run for constable when he retired from DPS.
Fires hit Lake house, trailer on Highway 281
By SANDRA JACKSON and DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writers
Volunteer firemen fought a nighttime blaze when a two-story house in Canyon Lake Hills subdivision caught fire Wednesday.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bruting on Stagecoach Drive suffered severe damage from the blaze R A. (Bob) Hann, president of the Canyon l„ake Area Volunteer Fire Department, said the cause of the fire was probably electrical, but the exact cause is not known.
Hann said the fire probably started in the kitchen, because it was first seen in the walls at that end of the house. He estimates that 70 percent of the home was destroyed.
Seven units responded to the call, which came at ll: 12 p.m. Three trucks from Station 2 at Cranes Mill, one from Station 5 at Village West, two from Station I at Canyon City and one from SIH ti on 3 at Potters Creek were on hand during the night.
Firemen were on the scene until about 4:30 a m. Thursday spot-checking the structure to be sure the fire was extinguished.
“Immediately upon our arrival, the fire broke through im the south gable end of the
house,” Hann said. “In a matter of seconds, the whole top story was burning ” The Bruenigs have owned the home for several year.-*, but just moved in on a permanent basis about two weeks ago.
Mobile home destroyed
Arson investigators were at the scene Thursday of a fire that completed destroyed a Bulverde area mobile home Wednesday.
Bexar-Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department president Cameron Wile) said the fire was reported around 4:15 pm The mobile home was located on Highway 4t>, about m miles eastof U.S. Highway 281.
“The first one to get there said it was beyond saving,*’ Wiley said. “But we had about eight volunteers there, and didn't leave until around dusk.”
No injuries were reported Wiley said he wasn’t sure who the mobile home owner was, but the woman renting it wasn’t there at the time of the fire.
The cause of tile fire is still in the “deter-miniing stage,” Wiley said “I will say tliat arson investigators from the Comal County Sheriff's Office were called out to tile scene today, but that’s about all I can offer at this time.”
Rushing concerned about IH 35 proposal
New Braunfels City Council knows that something is going to have to be done about traffic congestion on IH 35. Hut it doesn’t want something done at the expense of this community.
The Great Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council liad asked all governments in the area to request a feasibility study on improving the freeway and developing alternative routes between the two major cities, and another study on a possible toll road. The New Braunfels council signed both resolutions Monday, but not without misgivings expressed by some members.
Betty Ij>u Rushing said the wording of the first resolution worried her. It says, “alternative highway routes ... including expansion of the current IH 35.” Rushing thought the emphasis should be on expanding 35 first. She doesn’t want to see those “alternative routes” take precedence, putting New Braunfels off the main track.
“I've seen what happens to (those) communities. They just wither and
die on the vine,” Rushing told the council.
Joe Rogers didn’t think there was much chance of that. “It’d be much more practical to expand 35 to six lanes, which they have done in some sections — than to get a whole new thing going,” he said.
He understood “alternative routes” to mean something Uke expanding FM 725 and Texas 46 to four lanes between here and Seguin, which would help handle the traffic flow between here and IH IO.
Mayor Pro Tern Laverne Eberhard agreed that Rushing had a point, and asked that the council be kept informed as studies proceed
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt and Finance Director Jim Jeffers noted that the Texas Department of Highways and PubUc Transportation couldn’t do anything — not even expand 35 to six lanes — without a request from some government bodies.
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Expect a partly cloudy afternoon, with winds from 11 uvv'1/ against housing authority
the northwest at 15-20 miles per hour and a high in "
the uud-50s. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold, with winds increasing to 15-25 mph and lows in the By DYANNE FRY upper-20s. Friday will be clear and colder, with Staff writer north winds at 15-20 mph, arid some rain is expected
this weekend. Sunset today will be at 5:52 p.m., and A tenant's lawsuit against the New Braunfels sunrise Friday at 7:27 a.m. Housing Authority has been dismissed by U S
, District Judge Fred Shannon, and the housing
b/appea authority now plans to file suit on that tenant for
Four schools, including state Class 3A champion hack rent.
Daingerfield, have been put on probation by Hie Shannon said "yes” on Dec 26 to the housing
University Interscholastic league for misdeeds autj)onty’s motion to dismiss a suit filed last June by
during the 1983 football season Sports, Page 5 Judith Paradise, then a resident of the Villa Serena
CANYON LAKE 9 housing project. San Antonio attorney Timothy
Classified 1315 Daniels hied that motion in November, and Shannon
Comics 11 l,yi(k a decision days before his resignation
CROSSWORD........................11 bet‘a,ae 00 Jan *•
DEAR ABBY..........................7 “Luckily, he went over the thing before he went
DEATHS............................16 out of office,” said Housing Director Nadine Mar-
HOROSCOPE.........................2 dock She said Paradise moved out of the project at
KALEIDOSCOPE.......................7 the beguuung of November, and had since left New
OPINIONS............................4 Braunfels for Brady
SCRAPBOOK.........................8 “For Hie last few months of the suit, they (the
SPORTS........................... 5 6 Texas Rural Ugal Aid office in Seguin > really didn’t
STOCKS.............................3 have a client any more,” said Mardock However,
TV LISTINGS.........................11 she said the legal agency continued to pursue what it
WEATHER...........................3 considered to be violations of federal law, cont*
uutled when the housing authority attempted to evict Paradise iii April 1983
Shannon’s dismissal end* nine months ol legal history, during which the housing authority appointed a grievance panel, attempted to reach an out-of-court settlement, and changed attorneys. The case was initially handled by Steve Taylor of New Braunfels. Daniels took over in September
Mardock said Daniels firm serves as legal counsel for the San Antonio housing authority, and has had experience with this type of case Paradise’ suit was the first one filed against the New Braunfels authority in its ll years of existence
The director seemed relieved to have it all over However, she said Paradise left owing $1,200 rent. “We’re going to file suit against her in civil court” and see if the authority can get some of tliat back. Mardock said.
Hight now, Daniels is waiting to see if the former tenant appeals Shannon’s decision to dismiss. She still has approximately IO days to do that, Mardock said, but she doesn’t expect to see it happen. Mardock said Paradise seemed to have “lost interest” in the case when she moved out of Villa Serena