New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Hereld-Zer/onp Tuesday, January 16,19Bf> ftFormer governor Allan Shivers, 77, dies
AUSTIN (AP) — Allan Shivers, who was governor of Texas longer than anyone and was one of the state's most influential and respected politicians, has died of a heart attack at the age of 77.
Shivers, who was governor from 1949 to 1957, was taken from his downtown office to Seton Medical Center about 5:.IO p.m. CUT Monday and died an hour later, said Diana Resnik, director of community affairs for the hospital.
A daughter-in-law. Robin Shivers, said the former Democratic governor was in good physical condition and had not had previous heart ailments or other illnesses.
Shivers, who led the “Shivercrats” in backing Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower for president three decades ago, was praised by present and former state leaders for his strides in mental health, education and highway programs
A senior chairman of InterFirst Bank in Austin. Shivers had attended a late-aftemoon board meeting before he was stricken, said George Christian, a political consultant and friend of Shivers
“Texas has lost one of its most dedicated public servants. respected by friends and adversaries alike. I will miss contact with the good friend I had in Allan Shivers,” Gov Mark White said.
Shivers, a Lufkin native, was elected to the Texas Senate at the age of 26, the youngest ever to hold that office As senator, he represented Jefferson, Hardin, liberty ar d Orange counties.
His political career was interrupted by service in the Army in Europe during World War II In 1946. Shivers was elected lieutenant governor and succeeded Gov. Beauford Jester, who died in July 1949 after both began second terms Texas voters then elected Shivers to three straight terms rn 1950.1952 and 1954. He w as the first to be elected for three full terms Pace Daniel <1956, 1958. 19601 and John Connally (1962,1964.19661 also were elected to three terms
Shivers made a record of expanding state services in such fields as mental hospitals, prison reform, education
and other humanitarian services. In the w ake of veterans land and insurance scandals, he pushed in his last term for reform measures in both fields He campaigned extensively over the state in 1952 and 1956 for Eisenhower and in 1960 headed “Texas Democrats for Nixon and I odge " He still insisted that he remained a Democrat, even though he supported many Republicans up through Ronald Reagan in 1984 Although he has supported Republican presidents. Shivers did support Lyndon Johnson when Johnson was thrust into the presidency after John F Kennedy s 1963 assassination.
In 1952 when Sen Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, Shivers' friend, won the Democratic nomination, Stevenson thought Shivers would back him Rut Stevenson told Shivers that, if elected he would veto a bill giving Texas jurisdiction ow a Gulf of Mexico area called the Tidelands Shivers detided to organize and lead the campaign for Eisenhower As a result he appeared on the covers of
both Time and MewsweeA the same week. His followers were known as “Shivercrats.'’
Upon retiring as governor in January 1957, Shivers devoted his time to his business interests, especially the Western Pipelines Co , of which he was half owner and chairman of the board,
He had a number of enterprises to manage, including Rio Grande Valley citrus acreage, cattle, banking and real estate, much of it the inheritance of his wife, the former Marialieo Shary. from her father. John H Shary.
Shivers is survived by his wife. whom he married in 1937; by their four children. John Shary Shivers, Allan Shivers Jr., Marialioe Sin' Shivers and Brian McGee Shivers; ami IO grandchildren Funeral services were pending.
Shivers graduated with a business administration degree from the University of Texas in 1931 and ITT’s School of law in 1933 He was appointed to the Board of Regents of UT rn Januarx 1973 and served as chairman of that board for four y ears
Police— kidnappers could be part of crime spree
DALlJVS (AP) — Five people accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old and fighting a bloody shootout with police may also have been behind a crime spree that included car thefts and armed robberies, authorities say.
The five were arrested Sunday morning after leading police on a three-countv chase through East Texas, carrying with them a girl who had been snatched from her brother's Jeep last Friday and held for $100,000 ransom.
A sawed-off shotgun found in the car had been stolen last Monday during an armed robbery from a house “right around the comer” from where Amy McNiel was kidnapped days later. Johnson County Sheriff Eddy Boggs said Monday night The robbery victims were tied up. kicked and pistol-w hipped before the robbers made off with the shotgun and other assorted booty. Boggs said.
Ho said that although no charges other than aggravated kidnapping have yet been filed against the five, they are suspected in other armed robberies and auto thefts in the Dallas area.
Boggs declined to say how many incidents w ere involved The five were identified as Usa Anne Bouvier, 18. of Balch Springs; George Thomas Barnes. 21, of Dallas; Daniel Walter
Necker Jr., 21, of Mesquite; Michael Lynn Mills. 27. of Pleasant Grove: and James Wesley Foote, 34, of Alvarado.
Foote and Mills were injured in Sunday morning's shootout with Texas Rangers, who rescued Amy in a hail of gunfire Boggs said Monday night that the two have joined their three companions in the Johnson County jail Iliads about the five are scant, and exactly what brought them together isn't known. Boggs said.
“I think coincidence brought them all together," he said. “I don't think two of them got together ami said, ‘Hey, this is w hat we need to do’.”
Boggs added, however, that "we believe they all knew each other, and two (Necker and Foote) were cousins. They were all living together in an Arlington apartment.”
Ms Bouvier, he said, was a recent addition to the group: “They picked the girl up when she was hitchhiking about a month ago, and she moved in w ith them ' At least three of th*' suspects Necker, Foote and Mills have prison records, Hoggs said While investigators tried to learn more about their >uspects. the kidnapping victim and her family were resting in private Monday and preparing to go on national television this morning
Suspect arrested in woman's death
FORT WORTH < AP) A 25-year-old mental patient was in Tarrant County Jail today charged with the murder of one of five young women slam or reported missing in Fort Worth since September.
But Tarrant County Sheriff's investigators said the man has not been tied to the other deaths in a crime spree w hich has terrorized the city.
Timothy Paul Volkmar was charged Sunday with the shooting death of ljsa Griffin. 20. whose jogging suit-clad body was found last W ednesday by railroad workers, said Assistant Distnct Attorney ITarxl Coffey
Volkmar. identified by Coffey as a former patient of the Wichita Falls
State Hospital, is being held on $100,000 bond on tho murder charge
He will not be permitted to post bond because he is on probation for a 1980 aggravated assault conviction, county officials said Th*' airest of a suspect was the first major break for police and sheriff's deputies investigating the string of slayings
ITie murders and disappearances of th*' young women have spurred an appeal from Mayor Rob Bolen for citizen support and lh»' formation of a 30-plus member police task force to investigate th*' five cases and at least four other unsolved murders of young w omen Yolkmar's airest, which oecurod
about 3 pm Saturday afternoon a1 his home west of downtown Fort Worth, was not disclosed until Monday The sheriff's office is handling th*' Griffin investigation, ami the pollee task force leader told th*' fort W<vrh St# Telegram he did not hoar about it until Sunday
V source told the Star 7 e/rqc,*/>■> that investigators determined that Volkmar was a suspect after lear rung he “was going with a new girlfriend named Lisa "
Officials also said Volkmar s fingerprint was found on Griffin s car, parked at a shopping center a tow miles from where her Ixxix was found.
Volkmar. a minister’s son who win ks as an apartment maintenance
man, was convicted in July 1990 of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he pleaded gluily, court
rn'Olds show A source told the Associated IVess that Volkmar had
been convicted of assaulting hts father and that he had indicated to a friend a history of problems in relationships w ith w omen.
No weapons were found at the time tit the airest, authorities said
The five victims all single and ranging in age from 15 to 34 disappeared from the city's southwest side near Texas Christian University Police have not found that the women knew each other, hut three were members of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth ami a fmirth had attended scrvi<*es there
San Antonio snow damage to be costly
SAN ANTONIO AP) Dx'a1
insurance adjusters say damage may run in the millions from tins weekend's freak winter storm that dumped 13 inches of snow on tlx' Alamo City The city got back on its feet early today after nearly shutting down Monday in tin' wake of the crippling storm.
Officials said most of the damage w as suffered by homes, carports and vehicles
“It's definitely going to be in tho millions (of dollars)," said M M Barron, owner of Barron and Company Adjusters. Inc “There are apartment complexes
where carports collapsed that have more than $100,000 damages apiece." h*' said
"I’d say there are going to lx' at least 5.000 to 10.000 claims on car ports alone.” Barron said The carports collapsed under the w eight of the snow Meanwhile, officials blamed the snowstorm for tho death of a 64-year old San Antonio man Paul Richard Richter Jr. apparently died of a heart attack Sundax after clearing the driveway of his home “He had cleaned snow oft the driveway with a leal blower so he could drive to tho store to get some
groceries and a jiapor,” said Richter’s brotherinlaw. Harold Nemky
His bmh was found in his cat He apparently suffered the attack while driving to the store
Freak cold wave in Mexico kills at least 12 persons
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) A major cold wave that swept through northern Mexico Saturday has been blamed for'at least 12 deaths in Monterrey alone, ii Kist of them children. Hut authorities on Monday predicted a break in th*' chill.
The northern states of Taniaulipas, Nuevo I .eon, Coahuila and Chihuahua were hit hardest by the rare freeze, which sent temperatures plummeting to a low of 7 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 Celsius).
Nuevo U'on, a citrus-producing state, was hit hard last year by a similar cold wave Temperatures fell to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-2 Celsius I and destroyed millions of fruit trees.
With the exception of mountainous Chihuahua state, winter temperatures in northern Mexico rarely drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4.5 Celsius), and many homes are without heat of any kind Some families make do with gas or electric space heaters.
Commander Jose de la Torre of the Monterrey Green Cross said Monday that “the streets are full" of people without homes or protection from
“We are giving them medical attention, a little food and warm overcoats,” he said
He said most of those who died were babies of poor families or indigents w ithout homes
Snow fell in many parts of the north Saturday evening, leaving from to 4 inches 11 3 to IO centimeters) on tho ground.
ITH' ice interrupted telephone and electric service and froze water pipes in many northern cities, authorities reported.
Tin* accumulated ice and snow forced the federal highway police to close seven highways in Coahuila, Chihuahua and Sonora states Some roads were closely briefly rn Taniaulipas state
In Monterrey, the capital of Nuevo I -eon state, the weather service at Mariano Escobedo Airport said the coldest hours were from 8 p iii Saturday until 3 a.m. Sunday.
"The cold wave hit Saturday morning and began to intensify," said Felipe' Olvera Mendoza of the weather service.
He said early morning teni|>eratures on Sunday
dropjx'd 1»» 25 degrees Fahrenheit i-4 Celsius! iii the city of Monterrey and to 16 degrees Fahrenheit < -9 Celsius > rn the surrounding mountains In Chihuahua, capital ol Chihuahua slate, the temperature fell to 7 degrees Fahrenheit t 14 Celsius), the Mexico City tinily newspapet I Universal quoted the weather service there as reporting
Ai IJH iris in Chihuahua nix, Ciudad Juarez ami Key nasa were closed for throe to live hours early Sunday morning, the weather services iii Mon terrey and Rey nose reported Temperatures through the north and northeast of Mexico varied on Monday, with most hovering around the mid 30s Fahrenheit (at lout 2 i 'cistus» The weather service til Monterrey predicted a snap in the cold wave on Tuesday • hut said another cold front is on its way and could arrive bx Saturday “It won t lie as bad," Olvera said He san! th** low iii Monterrey early Tuesday should tx' alxiut 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 Celsius) and the high during the day about 55 degrees Fahrenheit (IS Celsius)
Court eases way for drug searches at schools
HINGTON (AP) - The ie Court today made it easier MIC school officials to search Is for drugs and weapons, a 6-3 vote, the court said rs and administrators do not ourt-approved warrants ami have to have “probable cause eve a student is violating the fore searching that student. augh the court ruled that
teachers, like police officers, are accountable under the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the justices created a less stringent .standard for teachers.
“Under ordinary circumstances, a search of a .student by a teacher or other school official will be justified at its inception when there are reasonable grounds for suspecting
that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating either th*' law or the rules of the school,” Justice Byron It White wrote for the court
Police officers would need “probable cause” to suspect a crime liefore conducting such a search.
One of the court’s three dissenters, Justice John Paul Stevens, said tin' decision “will |M*rmit teachers and
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Businesses, schools, universities, military liases and government agencies resumed operations today after most of them shut down Monday in the aftermath of the w eekend storm
school administrators to search students when they suspect that the search will reveal evidence of even the most trivial school regulation or guideline foi student behavior ”
“For the court," Stevens said, “a search for curlers and sunglasses iii order to enforce the school dress code is apparently just as important as a search for evidence of heroin addiction or violent gang activity.”
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