New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bones came from S.A. woman, officers say
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Bones found in Whispering Hills subdivision Feb. 7 have been tentatively identified as the remains of a San Antonio woman missing since 1981.
Pamela Sue Pace was 23 years old when she was last seen at the Crystal Pistol Night Club in San Antonio on June 20, 1981. Her parents reported
her missing after her 1980 Dodge Colt was found in the club’s parking lot.
Almost three years later, a San Antonio man looking at property in Whispering Hills stumbled upon part of her skull, her tailbone and a set of keys Jan. 7. A few more trips to the site by local law enforcement officers undercovered a clump of hair, and several leg and arm bones.
The remains were delivered to Travis County Medical Examiner Dr.
Roberto Bayardo, who gave law officers something to go on: white female with Ught brown hair between 20-30 years old and about 5’ 5” tall. He also said her remains had been there over a year.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pace, identified the set of keys at Texas Ranger Ray Martinez’ office Monday.
“They identified the key to Miss Pace’s car, key number E-103 to the
library at the U Hive rsity of Texas in San Antonio where she worked, the leather key holder that her sister gave her, and a blue shower shoe (tong) worn by Miss Pace that was recovered in the woods,” Martinez said. “They were sad, but relieved that she had finally been found.”
“I’d call this some pretty fine legwork,” Sheriff Walter Fellers said Tuesday when he publicly released
the woman’s tentative identification “The keys were a key part of this investigation, and the investigators did a mighty good job of getting her identified so quickly.”
Fellers said the woman’s cause of death cannot be determined until more remains are found He added that a positive identification will be made when her dental records can be obtained and comparedNew JJ—LL Braunfels
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The billion-dollar home-video recorder industry won a big victory today as the Supreme Court ruled that taping television shows for private use is legal
In a 5-4 decision, the court said the sale of the increasingly popular recorders does not violate federal copyright laws.
The ruling could still be modified in Congress, where both sides in the dispute have been waging a heavily financed battle.
But at least for now, the court has removed the posssibility that video recorder manufacturers would have to pay huge royalties on the sale of the machines.
The court said that there is no precedent in federal law to penalize the video recording industry merely because some owners might use the machines to tape copyrighted material, such as motion pictures.
The high court threw out a ruling that home use of the machines is illegal. The lower court ruling could have subjected consumers to a huge tax on purchase of the machines and on blank video tapes.
About 9 million machines have been sold. About one in every IO American families owns one.
The video recording industry was sued by Hollywood producers who claimed the machines were being used to build home motion picture “libraries.”
The motion picture industry charged that Sony and other electronics company sold the devices for the primary purpose of recording copyrighted material.
Universal City Studios and Walt Disney Production filed the suit. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled in October 1981 that use of the machines violated federal copyright law.
Justice John Paul Stevens, in his opinion for the court, said that taping television shows for viewing at a later time does not violate copyright law.
“One may search the Copyright Act in vain for any sign that the elected representatives of the millions of people who watch television every day have made it unlawful to copy a program for later viewing at home,” Stevens said.
Checking under the hood
New Braunfels firefighters take a look at the engine compartment of this 18 wheeler after it caught fire on IH 35 north of York Creek MondayZeitung12 Pages
Canadian firm's plans hinge on NB
New Braunfels, Texas Volume 93 - No. 12
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
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mgnt. The truck driver managed to douse the fire before firefighters arrived The truck was owned by E A S Enterprises
A Canadian hinge-maker has plans to migrate south and build a nest in New Braunfels Dan Sedgwick, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Industrial Development Council, told Chamber directors Monday that Mont-Hard (Canadai Inc. intends to build a 10,000-square-foot manufacturing plant at Ijfehaus Industrial Park Architects from the Canadian firm of Arcop Associates are expected to start work in New Braunfels this week. Local suppliers will be given the opportunity to bid on the construction Mont-Hard hopes to have the plant finished by June, and to be in production by mid-summer. Sedgwick said
Tl»e Montreal-based company has been making industrial and commercial grade door hinges for 90 years Sedgwick said that general manager Robert Renaud had spent about a year looking for an expansion site in the sunbelt, to handle distribution to Mont-Hard’s United States customers
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Appraisal board must wrestle with budget formula for 1984
Leroy Goodson, outgoing chairman of the Comal County Appraisal District board, wanted one question answered before he gave up his seal Monday night. He wanted to know how the board's last major action of 1983 turned out.
“Our re-adjustment of the budget levies proved satisfactory to all parties’’” he asked Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks “Uh... no,” said Brucks “You had to ask!” chided County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan from the gallery. Goodson shook his head, then shrugged.
“Well, I’ll let the new members deal with that,“he said The new board, chaired by Charles Lewis, did discuss the matter. No official action was taken, but it looks
as if the appraisal district is about to make another change in the way it divides the annual budget.
Texas law provides that each government served by the appraisal district must pay a percentage (A that budget, based on that government's tax levy for the previous year.
Comal County has a problem with this, because the New Braunfels ISD and City of New Braunfels don’t set tax rates on the 1982 roll until March or April of 1983, and so on.
The appraisal district board thought it had solved the problem rn November with a resolution directing Brucks to re-figure the percentages before the last quarterly payment is made in October By that time, each government should know how much tax it collected on the previous year’s
Jury selection continues in Genene Jones trial
GEORGETOWN (AP) — Attorneys for Genene Jones, a vocational nurse accused of killing a toddler with a lethal drug dose, asked potential jurors what they knew about chemistry and other sciences that uught come up in testimony during the trial.
Ms. Jones, 33, faces a possible life sentence if convicted in the September 1982 death of 15-month-old Chelsea Aim McClellan of Kerrville. Prosecutors say the infant (lied after being injected with a powerful muscle relaxant.
On Monday, opening day of the trial that was moved here from Kerrville, potential Jurors answers 29 printed questions prepared by defense lawyer Jim Brookshire, including:
“Have you ever read a book about a murder trial?”
“Did you ever study law, psychology, sociology, crmunology, chemistry?”
“Have you ever had an unpleasant experience involving medical or hospital personnel?”
By the end of Monday, the pool of potential jurors was whittled down to 113. Twelve will be chosen.
State District Judge John Carter refused a request to sequester the jury despite a plea by defense lawyer Jun Brookshire, who said, “We have to have them locked up ”
Brookshire is concerned that jurors might see or hear news accounts of other charges against his client, who is also charged with giving life
threatening injections to a Bexar County boy and six other Kerr County children.
Carter decided not to sequester the jury. saying, “I’m af the opinion we can solve any problems we might have with numerous instructions to the jury .**
The trial was moved here from Kerr County because of publicity about the cases.
Jury selection stalled Monday when Brookshire was granted a “reshuffling' of the panel. Under the process, potential jurors are randomly placed in numerical order for questioning by the lawyers The order is crucial because the first 12 people not rejected by either side will hear the case
State law allows defense lawyers one reshuffling if they are not satisfied with the first random shuffle. Kerr County District Attorney Sutton compared the system to dealing cards, with the defense getting a reshuffle if wanted
The McClellan infant died after a visit to the Kerrville clinic where Ms. Jones worked. The girl suffered a seizure and died during a frantic ambulance ride.
An autopsy performed on the girl’s 18-pound body blamed Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
But a later indictment allege I that Ms. Jones used a powerful drug, probably the muscle relaxant succinylcholine, to injure the children in August and September lit!.InsideToday's Forecast
Clouds will hover over Comal County through Wednesday, with a 50 percent chance of rain or drizzle this afternoon and a 30 percent chance tonight Winds will be northeasterly near IO mph today, beconung northerly at 20-30 mph and gusty tonight Sunset will be at 5:56 p m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7 26 a.rnSold Out
The tickets are all gone for Friday's annual Chamber of Coriuneree banquet at the Civic Center. The banquet, which will have a “This is Your life” theme, will be highlighted by presentation of the annual Hesserung Award for community service Ss ti Pays 2Rangerettes Roll
Smithson Valley came alive in the Huddle of Monday’s District 26-3A basketball game Monday night, racing to a 54-12 victory over Bandera Sports. Pays 6
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Brucks did this for the 1983 budget, and NB1SD paid the extra S30.000 Bul NB1SD tax assessor Glyn Guff reported Monday night that his trustees really don't like the sy stem Appraisal district directors are now considering one of the alternate solutions proposed by the Slate Property Tax Board. Brucks could figure the budget based on Lax rolls from two years ago For example, when he starts work this spring on the 1985 budget, he would use every body s levy on the 1983 lax roll The problem with the other system, as Guff explained it, is that NB1SD can’t get its own budget straight if it doesn’t know what it owes the appraisal district until some time in October I or December, in the case of
We had to have a budget passed and a tax rate passed before then,' said NBLSD business manager Lonme Curtis, noting that school starts in August Then we had to come up with $30,000 from somewhere. You either have to have a contingency. or take it from somewhere else I don’t like contingencies .And if somebody else did a good job of estimating their needs for the year, that’s not fair either.”
Brucks said the idea of jumping back one year might make his job
easier, too He'd be able to figure every one's exact percentage when the budget is first presented to the directors Under the present system.
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Scheel eyes constable Fellers seeks new term
Danny Scheel filed Monday as a Republican candidate for Constable. Precinct 2 while Sheriff Walter Fellers has made it official — he TI run again
The constable office currently is held by Democrat Kermit Vetter, who has indicated he will seek re-election
Scheel, 37, has been a reserve deputy for the Comal County Sheriffs Department since 1976 and has been a member of the Comal County SWAT team
Fellers had indicated last year he would seek re-election, but said last
week he had had second thoughts Monday , however, he said he would seek re-election, and added he hoped to file by Thursday with Thomas Bluntzer, Democratic chairman Bluntzer has received four candidates forms for spots as precinct chairmen for the primaries Ernest C Zipp filed for the Precinct 22 spot He has served as assistant election judge since 1972 Also filing have been Aguinaldo Zamora for Precinct 7, and Marco A. Gnmatdo and Wilbam H Haight for Precinct 6
Fire cause undetermined
The cause of a fire that destroyed a house on U S. Highway 81 West Saturday night was still undetermined Tuesday.
Twenty firefighters, including volunteers, two fire engines and lank truck responded lo the 8 20 p.m. call It took them roughly 15-20 minutes to control the fire, using 3,500 gallons of water all off the trucks A New Braunfels Fire Department
spokesman said there were no hydrants to hook up to. The area is outside the city huuls, so any further investigation will probably be turned over to the Comal County Sheriffs Department The dollar estimate to the wood frame house owned by K J White was listed on the report at $34,550
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Esther Boarnet and S D. David Jr. take the oath from County Judge Fred Clark