New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
El Salvador mutiny endsBut complaints over defense minister continue
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Army Col. Sigifredo Ochoa has ended his six-day mutiny, asking the defense minister to “pardon” him. But some other disgruntled officers insisted the military crisis was not over and demanded the minister resign.
The ouster of Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia, a long-time rival of Ochoa, had been the primary aim of Ochoa’s rebellion in the northern province of Cabanas. The rebel officer’s 900-man garrison is based in the provincial capital of Sensuntepeque.
Ochoa left his headquarters Wednesday and went to the capital to visit his wife, who suffered a broken ankle in an auto accident. President Alvaro Magana later announced to reporters here that “the problem has been solved” and added Ochoa would be relieved of his command.
The mutiny started last Thursday when Ochoa refused Garcia’s order transferring him to a diplomatic post at the Salvadoran Embassy in Uruguay. Magana said the officer would not be sent there, “for reasons independent of this problem.”
Back at his headquarters late Wednesday, Ochoa told reporters: “I will go where I am ordered.”
“I am proud of having been the one who said the truth,” Ochao said, adding the mutiny would result “in more concern and communication between the high command and the armed forces in general.”
“I ask the pardon of (Garcia), but someone had to say the truth. This was due to an injustice and bad administration of the armed forces,” he said.
Officers of the 1st Infantry San Carlos Brigade in San Salvador and at least one other garrison met early today to press for Garcia’s resignation. The commander of the garrison and the air force chief were the only top military officers who abd not publicly condemn Ochoa’s rebellion.
One officer at the San Carlos Brigade said: “Ochoa is not the problem. Ochoa was the spark. But it could have been any one of us.
“I would say 80 percent of the officers are not satisfied with the running of the war. This thing is not over yet,” said the officer, who asked not to be identified.
A knowledgeable military source, who talked on condition he not be identified, said the armed forces High Command told senior commanders that Garcia would retire in two months. Dissident officers want him out sooner.
The source, who had earlier predicted the mutiny would end with Garcia’s resignation, said the officers are complaining strongly about alleged injustices and mismanagement under the defense minister.
At least 42,000 people have been killed in the 3-year-old war, according to human rights groups.
The Reagan administration has stationed 55 noncombat military advisers in this Central American country. U.S. military and economic aid to El Salvador totalled $320 million in 1983 and another $226 million has been promised for this year.De Cuellar suggests UN as US-USSR summit site
Shootout leaves 8 dead
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Police firing automatic weapons stormed a house early today in a .shootout with members of a religious sect who held a
patrolman hostage for 30 hours, authorities said. All eight people inside were found dead, including the hostage.
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into the home as the predawn assault began, and automatic weapons fire could be heard in the background.
“The tactical unit, upon entering the house, was fired upon by several individuals. They returned fire,” said Bob Graham, administrative assistant to Police Director John D. Holt.
“All the subjects (captors) were male black adults,” Graham said.
Among the dead were Patrolman R.S. Hester, a 10-year veteran of the force. He was taken hostage Tuesday night by Lindberg Sanders, 49, described as a religious zealot with a history of mental illness who thought police were “anti-Christ.”
One of the officers making the assault suffered a cut hand and was in good condition at a hospital, Graham said. Police said Hester had been dead for several hours before the assault began.
An hour before the assault began at 3:07
a.m., negotiators used bullhorns in an unsuccessful attempt to talk to Sanders. Police who were eavesdropping with electronic listening devices said they were concerned because Hester’s voice had not been heard since 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Police had kept vigil for more than 30 hours at Shannon Elementary School across the street from the small frame house where Hester w as seized in an incident that also injured two other officers.
As the gunfire began today, relatives of several people inside the house began screaming and tried to leave a school classroom where they and reporters were being kept by police.
Graham said Hester was captured when he and his partner, K.O. Schwill, were summoned Tuesday night by an anonymous caller who told a police dispatcher that a man wanted in a purse-
snatching was there.
The patrolmen were attacked as soon as they arrived, Graham said. A radio call for help brought several other police units to the scene, and a hail of bullets scattered the backup officers.
Schwill, a 9-year police veteran, was shot in the face and hand and was reported in serious but stable condition at Methodist Hospital here.
Graham said the call that brought police appeared to have been made by someone in the house, but could not explain why Sanders might have wanted to capture a police officer.
Holt said Sanders' group considered police to be “anti-Christ, antireligion or the devil."
Sanders’ wife, Dorothy, said her husband had been under treatment for a mental disorder and that he expected the world to end on Monday. She also said her husband and others in the house with him believed they could not die.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar says he would like to offer the United Nations as a neutral “shelter” for a meeting between President Reagan and Soviet Communist Party head Yuri V. Andropov.
Both Reagan and Andropov have raised the possibility of having a summit meeting. Perez de Cuellar meets with the U.S. president Friday at the White House.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the U.N. chief said an introductory meeting between the two world leaders “would help at least to create a better atmosphere for the solution of so many international problems.”
Among the most pressing, he said, are the Middle East, Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, South-West Africa and Cyprus.
“I think one of the great advantages of the United Nations is that (it is) a kind of permanent forum for discussions, for dialogues or conferences for all member countries,” Perez de Cuellar said.
“And I would be only too happy to provide the necessary shelter’ — let’s put it that way — for the two leaders to meet together and I think that (the U.N. headquarters in New York) would be a normal place for them to meet together and discuss international problems.”
Andropov, in written responses to questions from an editor for Hearst Newspapers last month, said a summit conference could be a “very effective” way of improving Soviet-American relations if there is “good preparation.” He did not specifically propose a summit with Reagan.
At his Washington news conference last week, Reagan said he was in favor “in principle’’ of taking up the suggestion. “But," Reagan added, “I think that a summit is something that requires some planning.’’
Perez de Cuellar met briefly with Andropov last November while in Moscow for the funeral of
Baby denied care later dies
President I^eonid I. Brezhnev. Andropov succeeded Brezhnev as Communist Party general secretary, the late leader’s more important post.
The president of the Soviet Union technically is head of state, but that position has not been filled. Brezhnev met former President Nixon before assuming the presidency in 1977. He also met then-President Carter in 1979 to ratify the SALT II agreements.
Friday's White House .session will be Perez de Cuellar’s third meeting with Reagan since the 62-year-old Peruvian diplomat took office a year ago.
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EL PASO (AP I - A pair of El Paso motorists have been taken for $615 in purported speeding fines by two motorcyclists posing as uniformed patrolman who may be getting their ideas from television, police said.
A bogus officer wearing a police uniform and driving a motorcycle with flashing red lights stopped a man Monday and pocketed $600, the man's car keys and Mexican passport, said El Paso Police Lt. Ed Agan.
A woman lost $15 when she was stopped Dec. 23 along Interstate-10 by another motorcycle-driving imposter who claimed she was speeding. The fake patrolman initially asked for $25, and said it could be paid on the spot, Agan said.
When the woman said she had only $15, the man accepted the cash, gave her a pink receipt and drove off, the lieutenant said.
Only after the woman got to her office and saw the phony receipt did she realize she had been duped, he said.
“Sometimes John Q Public isn’t too observant,” Agan said.
In the case of the motorist w ho lost $600, police said the man made the mistake of handing the imposter his cash-filled wallet.
The victim telephoned police only after waiting an hour for a wrecker truck that supposedly was coming to take his car because he lacked a valid driver’s license.
In both cases, police said traffic records showed no motorists were stopped for violations those days in either location.
Officials suspect the imposters described as “cool” — may be copying their techniques from television shows.
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TEMPLE (AP) — A premature infant transferred to Scott & White Memorial Hospital after hospitals in the Houston area turned him away died today after a 20-day battle with a breathing disorder, a hospital spokesman said.
Christopher William iAJinley, who was born Christmas Day 2*2 months premature, died at 2:45 a.m., said
Donald Nelson, director of public affairs at Scott & White.
The baby, who weighed I pound and 13 ounces at birth, was airlifted here after Houston-area hospitals, citing space shortages, refused to admit him.
Gulf Coast Hospital at Baytown, where Christopher was born, did not have the specialized facilities needed for his care, doctors said.
Dr. David R. Krauss, director of the division of neonatology at Scott & White, said the infant suffered from a breathing disorder known as h y I i n e membrane disease.
Christopher, who also was affected by low blood pressure, suffered a major stroke on Dec. 27. Nelson said.
Nelson said the infant never was removed from the critical list.
Christopher’s parents, Jana and Robert I Fernley of Baytown, did not have medical insurance because
I Finley w as recently laid off from his job. Over $9,000 has been donated for
Christopher’s care. which was costing between $1,000 and $1,500 a day, Nelson said.
Krauss earlier said the donations were appreciated, but added they barely made a dent in the cost of Christopher’s care.
I .em ley has said, “it sure would have been a lot simplier and easier” if the Houston-area hospitals could have accepted the infant.
"There have never been any hart! feelings," he said earlier. “Frustration, perhaps.”
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