New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 27, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A 3-percent employee base wage adjustment for 1984 was approved by New Braunfels Utilities trustees Thursday without much discussion. But proposals to change vacations, define short-term leave of absences, and add compensation time ruffled some feathers.
There were several points of disagreement that led to tabling all the proposals. One was confusion over
general manager Bob Sohn’s proposition to clarify NBU’s sick leave policy.
“Current policy gives five days for emergency leave and 12 days sick leave (one day a month accrued to 60 days total),” Sohn began. “What we’re proposing is 12 days sick leave and 3 days for emergency for 15 days total.’’
Trustee Robert Orr argued against combining sick leave “with all kinds of bullcom. If people can get it (60 days), they’ll take it, and I can’t go for
that. I think it’s a terrible proposal.”
Sohn’s vacation proposition didn’t fare much better. Present NBU policy calls for 2 weeks vacation after one year, then after the 10th year, an employee gets I day a year up to 15 years when he or she qualifies for 3 weeks.
The change Sohn wanted was 3 weeks after 8 years, 4 weeks from 15-24 years, and 5 weeks after 25 years.
“That’s a heck of a move in one swoop of the pen,” Bill Brown, board chairman, said. “What I don’t like is
the first-year guy gets 15 days sick leave, 2 weeks vacation and 9 holidays. So he’s gone 45 days before he walks in the door.
“I’m not against employee benefits,” he continued, “but what would we do for a encore? Let’s aim for this, have a committee work on it, work toward this but not all in one year. The costs would be astronomical.”
Trustee Amo Becker had this suggestion: “I’d rather see I year-1 week, 2 years-2 weeks, because even
after two years, you really haven’t gotten your investment back on an employee. Then I’d prefer IO years-3 weeks, 17-years-4 weeks, because frankly I have a problem with 25 days.”
None of the trustees expressed bad feelings over compensation Presently, NBU doesn’t have compensation time for its salaried employees. So Sohn suggested a “I for 2 basis — for every two hours worked, give one hour back — up to a maximum of 5 days. There’d be no
cash conversion,” he added.
But none of it flew. “If we have a Model T (for these policies), I don’t want our employees to have to drive a Model I,” Orr said. “But I don’t know that we have to buy them a brand new El Dorado Cadillac in one year. I say defer this, and work it out through a committee.”
So the proposals on sick leave, vacation and compensation changes were tabled, and Orr and Edgar Sahm volunteered to serve on a committee to hash out some replacements.
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Doctor says Jones wanted to 'lose' viaI
GEORGETOWN (AP) - Dr. Kathleen Holland says nurse Genene Jones ran out of explanations when the doctor found two holes in a vial of the drug allegedly used by the nurse to kill a baby.
The Kerrville pediatrician told jurors Thursday that her nurse was “coolly defensive” when confronted with the holes in the bottle’s stopper. Ms. Jones was out of explanations, but not out of ideas, she said.
The nurse wanted to throw the bottle away, the doctor testified.
By that time, IO days after the Sept. 17,1962, death of 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan, the Kerrville medical community was asking questions. Ms. Holland said the nurse had a plan:
“She said, ‘I don’t think we should explain (the holes) at all. We thought we lost the vial. Throw it out and tell them we lost it.’”
Ms. Holland spent almost two hours on the stand Thursday as a prosecution witness in Ms. Jones murder trial. Her damaging testimony left the defendant shaking.
Ms. Jones is charged with injecting the young girl with a powerful muscle relaxant that caused her death. It was in a small vial of that drug that the doctor found the holes.
The doctor also testified the nurse, without proper authorization, had ordered the muscle relaxing drug.
Chelsea’s first visit to Ms. Holland’s office was on Aug 24, 1982, one day after the office opened. Ms. Jones took Chelsea while her mother, Petti McClellan, talked with the doctor.
The nurse called for her boss when Chelsea had a seizure-like episode. The girl was rushed to the hospital, where she spent eight days in intensive care. No major problems were discovered.
“I was confused,” the doctor recalled. “I had a history of a child who had a history of stopping breathing and who had a seizure in my office. The tests and what had happened didn’t fit together.”
“She said, ‘I don’t think we should explain (the holes) at all. We thought we lost the vial. Throw it out and tell them we lost it.’”
Prior to Chelsea’s next visit, Ms. Jones ordered drugs for the office — including Anectine, a brand-name version of the muscle relaxant she is accused of using to kill the girl.
Ms. Holland said of the Sept. 7 drug order, “half of it I indirectly authorized.”
“Genene said such-and-such a medicine Is missing. I was on the way out of the office. I told her, ‘Look for it, look everywhere in the cabinets. If you don’t find it log it as missing,”’ the doctor testified.
Anectine was ordered to replace the missing bottle, which was never recorded as missing, she added.
Chelsea returned to the office on Sept. 17, only because her older brother had a cold. Ms. Holland said she thought it was a good time for the Sin to have two routine immunizations.
The shots were given in another room as Mrs. McClellan held her daughter’s arms.
“Genene asked me if I’d come to look at Chelsea. She told me Chelsea had gotten upset when she got the shot, had gotten mad,” the doctor testified.
The symptoms were similar to the Aug. 24 reaction. Medical experts have testified here that the symptoms also were similar to those caused by Anectine.
Chelsea was rushed back to Sid Peterson Hospital rn Kerrville. Ms. Holland said she decided to transfer the girl to a San Antonio hospital.
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St** photo by John V Sen mr
Waitin' for a train?
This pooch might be a modern day hobo waiting for a lift from the next train on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas tracks north of New Braunfels.
Thursday wasn't a bad day to give it a try, since temperatures were unseasonably warm and were expected to stay that way for a whileJr. Miss winners listed
Prelims tonight; finals Saturday
Three winners were named in the Texas Junior Miss preliminary competition last night at the Civic Center.
l^amesa Tri City Junior Miss Danna Schaefer took top honors in the creative and performing arts portion of the competition for her ventriloquist act. The daughter of Dan and Elizabeth Schaefer of Big I-ake received a HOO savings bond from First Federal Savings and I-oan Association, a gift certificate and a bouquet from Flowers by Sharon
In the youth fitness competition Killeen Junior Miss Kellie Blair took top honors. The daughter of Major and Pat Blair of Killeen won a HOO savings bond from Guaranty State Bank, a $15 gift certificate from Salge’s and a bouquet from Flowers by Sharon
South Plains Junior Miss Sherri Moegle was named winner in the poise and appearance portion of the contest She is the daughter of Bobby and Carolyn Moegle of Iuibbock and won a $150 savings bond from Texas Commerce Bank, a $25 gift certificate from Carolyn's and a bouquet from Flowers by Sharon
Preliminary competition for the 34 young women in the state contest will continue today at the Civic Center beginning al 7 30 p m. The finals will start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center.
The contestants are vying for more than $470,000 in college granted scholarships as well as cash scholarships from national sponsors Coca-Cola. Kraft. Revlon and Hershey and from state sponsors Conoco, Inc. and Zales
Tickets for the preliminary competition are $3 each and tickets for the finals are $7 for reserved seat and $5 for general admission Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce. Kristi’s, Vollbrecht’s Pharmacy, I anda Pharmacy and Zales
Sheriff promotes two deputies
to fill vacancies
The Comal County Sheriff’s Department has done some shifting since Ll. Gilbert Villarreal announced his resignation Monday.
Sheriff Walter Fellers said Wednesday he planned on leaving Villarreal’s position “up in the air for the time being.” But he’s done some shifting in the lower ranks.
“I’ve moved Ed Mullins and Gilbert Kroesche up from deputy to investigators,” Fellers said Friday. “Mullins has been with the department seven years, and patrolled the Canyon Lake area. Kroesche has been with us three years and served civil papers as a deputy ”
Fellers also said Mike Gump, who’s been with the department two years, will jump from jailer to Kraseche’s old slot as paper server.
“Well also ba taking job applications through Tuesday, Jan. SI, for a deputy to replace Mullins, and a jailer to replace Gump,” Falters added.
Villarreal said ha quit over “internal prebills.” and heart made a "firm decision” whether ha’ll nm for sheriff in 1964.
Falters, a Democrat and sheriff sines 1963, Mad ter reelection Tuesday.
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cement plant at press time Friday The plant Is Staff writer He hopes to show department officials than a squad car is going to cost, and its
located aorta of New Braunfels on Huater Road near that they can “use this vehicle as a ability to perform is more.” especially if
the Hays County line. No Information was available The sky may not be the limit for the demonstration for what its true capacity there is an another law enforcement of-
as to tke extent of the fire but the New Braunfels Comal County Sheriff’s Department. is.” Abernathy told commissioners he fleer on the ground
departmrui issued a call for all its volunteers. The During Thursday’s county com- believed the ultralight, which travels at 20- The aircraft, which could be made
local fire department dispatched five firetrucks to misaioners meeting, Don Abernathy of 55 mph and can stay aloft for two hours. bullet-proof, would cost $9 OOO which withe sceue and Fire Chief Jack Wilson was repor- A.E.H. Enterprises and Texas Flyers could provide a good detection device, as eludes training and assembly
tedte «• route Association suggested the trial use af well as provide quick back-up for area He said the pilot would have to weight
ultralight aircraft by sheriff officers to patrolmen. under 200 pounds Commissioners seemed
Today's Weather patrol Comal County, and rn particular “The intent of the ultralight is to expand ^ jokingly find this a stumbling block,
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expected through Saturday Today will be cooler Commissioners, in turn, gave the go- explained amount except the 72-year-okl sheriff.
than Thursday with north winds blowing IO to 15 ahead for the month-long, free program Abernathy listed several positive walter Fellers
miles Der hour Tonight will be mostly clear and The focal date of the trial will be Memorial aspects, such as weight and the area Looking not too pleased with the idea,
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p.m., and sunrise Friday at 7:23 a.m. _ass*0 s Flu outbreak plagues Texas schools
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WEATHER..........................3A Department of Health. experienced absentee rates as high as 22
TV LISTINGS........................•• “Last week, Jan. 15, there was nothing, percent to 25 percent. * TAL Page UA