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Kyle man's body found in park at Canyon Lake
By DEBBIE DeLOACH and SANDRA JACKSON Staff writers
Two Houston boys hiking in Canyon Park last weekend found the body of a 28-year-old man, who was an apparent hanging victim.
The body, identified as Mark Clegg Holmes of Kyle, was discovered in a brushy area wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and a green and white
Mexican-type poncho. A cord was later found in a tree approximately 180 feet away from the body.
“From evidence at the crime scene like tire tracks, a vehicle was used to take him back there,” Texas Ranger Ray Martinez said Tuesday, “and then his body was dragged on the ground to where he laid unconcealed.”
The two boys, ages IO and 15, first saw Holmes’ body Saturday afternoon in Section 3 of Canyon Lake Park. Martinez said they told their father, who said
the man was probably sleeping. When the boys came across the body again Sunday morning, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office was called in about 8:30 a.m. to investigate.
“We suspect foul play,” Sheriff’s Investigator Rudy Rubio said Monday. The autopsy findings of Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo ruled the cause of death as strangulation, Rubio added, “and we believe death was by hanging.”
Holmes was a white male, had a light beard, stood 6’ I” tall and weighed 170 pounds. His brown belt had a brass Texas Star buckle, and he carried no identification.He was also barefooted when his body was discovered, and his T-shirt logo read: “You know you’re in trouble when your lawyer plea-bargains you down to life.”
Martinez said indications are Holmes died
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Volume 93—No. 22
TUESDAY January 31,1984 25 Cents
Marine dies in shelling
BEIRUT, Iiebanon (AP) — Shiite Moslem militia leaders today ordered their fighters to observe a cease-fire and described as “accidental” the series of battles Monday that killed one U.S. Marine and three lebanese civilians.
Three other Marines were wounded in the day-long clashes, and* spokesmen for the Shiite militia group Amal and at south Beirut hospitals said the Marines’ fire killed a 9-year-old girl and two other civilians, and wounded 22 people.
An Amal spokesman said militiamen in Shiite neighborhoods near the Marine base at Beirut’s airport were told to “strictly adhere to the ceasefire and refrain from any form of attacks on the Marines.”
“Yesterday’s collision was accidental, not the result of a particular animosity by either side,” said the spokesman at Ama! headquarters. “Our men said the Marines fired first and the) 1 the Marines 1 said they 1 ired
WASHINGTON (API Th* Marin* Corp* said today that Lane* Cpi Geol ga I. Diam ti of Cap* May, N J . am th* man killed in Beirut Monday when U S Marin* poaitton* were attacked by suspected Moslem gunners.
because they were shelled.”
“Things have been straightened out mainly through direct communication between the Amal command and the Marine command,” said the spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous. The cease-fire took effect Monday night.
Lebanon’s state radio said U.S. jets from warships offshore staged reconnaissance runs at dawn today over the city and the surrounding hills, drawing no ground fire.
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The temporary jail for Comal County forms the backdrop as county commissioner J.L. Evans (right) chats with Smithson Valley High School teacher Mike Haggard Haggard's students are bmtaotg 'the facility, which will hold eight
minimum security prisoners, for the county to ease crowding in the existing jail. The tail will be moved to the Courthouse property next week, and will be ready for occupancy two weeks atter that.
Bigley files for House
Still unopposed in the Republican primary, State Rep. Edmund Kuempel now has some competition from the Democratic party
George Bigley of New Braunfels filed for Kuempel’s District 46 seat on Jan. 20, and papers are now on file in the state Democratic chairman’s office. Bigley, 63, is employed as a mill agent, and lives at 13594 Lee Street.
Bigley is the only Democrat so far to file for this seat. The filing deadline for all county, state and national races is Feb. 6.
Kuempel (R-Seguin), who is seeking his second term in the Texas House, filed for re-election last week.
battle 200-acre grass fire
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Canyon Lake and Wimberley firemen battled a massive grass fire in the Devil’s Backbone area for two days before finally brining it under control Sunday night.
That fire was only one of six fought by Canyon Lake firemen over the weekend, as dry conditions and unseasonably warm weather brought on five others in the lake area.
The Wimberley Volunteer Fire Department received the first call to the Devil’s Backbone fire, which was spotted on the Wenger ranch off FM 32. Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was called to assist.
“It broke out in the Wenger south pasture adjacent to El Rancho Cima Boy Scout Ranch,” said Carroll Czichos. fire chief at Wimberley. He estimates 200
acres were burned, including an acre of the Boy Scout ranch.
The fire started about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Czichos said, and eight units — four from each department — fought the blaze.
Firemen stayed on the scene until about ll: 30 p.m. Saturday, but were called back around 2 p m. Sunday when the fire broke out again Firemen brought it under control at 8 p.m. Sunday.
“We have some awful tired firemen,” said Czichos, who said the fire was still smoldering.
Several firetrucks were damaged while driving over the rough terrain on the ranch “We had to follow some goat trails to get to the fire,” he said One Canyon Lake truck had to be left at the scene overnight because of broken springs Czichos estimates that the fire will smolder for another week. "They’ve been cutting cedar brush over there for IO years, and there are dead stumps
and brush everywhere With the wind like this, it will probably burn a week, ’ he said.
Canyon I<ake volunteers had their hands full in their own territory over the weekend fighting five other grass fires.
Although none of the fires were serious, blazes broke out in Canyon Lake Village Shores, Potters Creek, Astro Hills, Tom Creek Acres and Canyon lake Hills.
R A “Bob” Hann, president of the department's board of directors, said no one was injured while fighting the weekend fires “A dozen people have asked me what caused all
those fires,” Hann said. “We know ifs dry, and the fires could have been caused by discarded bottles and the hot sun," he added Hann said that the firemen were given food and beverages by the owners of the John Knox Ranch, as well as the department’s Ladies Auxiliary.
Drug in vial had been diluted, chemist says
GEORGETOWN (AP) - A vial of the powerful drug allegedly used by Gene ne Jones to kill a baby apparently was refilled with another solution, a chemist testified today.
Ms. Jones, a 33-year-old nurse, is accused of using succinylchoUine to kill 15-month-old Chelsea McClellan in September 1982 at a Kerrville pediatrican’g office.
Dr. Kathleen Holland, who was the nurse’s boss, has testified she found two unexplained holes in the top of a vial of the muscle-relaxing drug, but she said the punctured bottle appeared nearly full.
Texas Department of Public Safety chemist Glenn Harrison today said his tests showed the punctured bottle contained a diluted quantity af the
The state chemist said the liquid in the punctured vial was greatly diluted. The drug, as it comes from the manufacturer, is supposed to contain 20 milligrams of sue-cinylcholine for each cubic centimeter of solution. Harrision testified the liquid in the unsealed vial contained only 3.61 milligrams of the
Initially, Ms Holland said she had no reason to believe Chelsea was killed by anything other than the seizure Ms. Jones reported the girl had in the pediatrician’s office.
But on Monday, at the nurse’s murder trial, her former boss said she later found out otherwise. The 15-month-old girl might have had a
setzure-Uke attack, but it was caused by the injection of a powerful drug, Ms Holland testified.
“In retrospect, the movements I saw are consistent with the ad-numstration of succinylchoiine," she told jurors.
Ms Jones, 33, is charged with killing Chelsea on Sept. 17, 1982. by injecting succtnylcholme at Ms.
Holland’s Kerrville office. The doctor had ordered two routine immunizations for the girl Prosecutors say Ms Jones instead injected the muscle relaxant Ms Holland who has been sued for |7 million by Chelsea s family, spent all of Monday on the witness stand
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City projects head revenue sharing plan
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Two City Council members and five New Braunfels citizens came to Monday’s preliminary hearing on distribution of this year’s federal revenue sharing funds.
Finance Director Jim Jeffers expects an entitlement of $170,895 for the three quellers from Oct. I, 1983 to June IO, 1M4. With $38,122 left over from last year’s budget, and an estimated lift,MI in interest to be earned on invested funds, the city Mould have about $225,000 to spend this year.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt prop pees to put 010,780 of that into street and drainage projects, $10,000
into repairs on the spring-fed swimming pool at Landa Park and $48,250 toward updating three traffic signals. (The light at Union Avenue and East San Antonio Street is on the list again, even though council voted just last week not to spend leftover 1983 funds on improving that light J.
Delashmutt also proposes to spend $40,000 on e new “modulance” ambulance, to replace outdated Emergency Medical Service Equipment; end has allotted $3,OM each to the Senior Citizens Center, Community Service Center, Home Health Care Service end the Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center.
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The great outdoors will stay cloudy, cool and damp through Wednesday, with an OO percent chance af light rain today, a 40 percent chance tonight and a M percent chance on Wednesday. Winds will be bum the north et 8-10 miles per hour today, tight and Variable tonight. Tenv perspires will range from near 40 to the upper-50s. Sunset today will be at 1:00 p m., and sunrise Wednesday at 7 :2) e m.
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Birdberry: NBISD can adjust to H.B. 246 recommendations
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Although House Bill 246 will present school districts with a more stringent curriculum, New Braunfels (SD Superintendent Charles Bradberry believes the effect on his school district will be minimal
“It’s not going to change a great deal (in NBISD),” Bradberry said.
The bill’s second state board reading will be in February, while the third reading will be in March if it passes the three readings, the next stop is the 1985 Texas legislature
“The plan doesn’t bother me,” he said, even though the proposal puts the minimum passing grade at 70, cuts the number of absences for extracurricular activities, revamps the curriculum and cuts into choices of electives.
“Initially, it will have some impact,” Bradberry said of the minimum grade of 70 for credit; however, he believes students will learn to adapt Of the proposal which limits absences for extracurricular activities to five times and three tunes during any one semester, the superintendent said, “I don’t think this will pass the third reading,”
He believed officials will increase the number of absences allowed, but thought the concept was good.
“We do miss a lot of class though,” he said, noting some teachers have missed up to 20 days for coaching duties.
Another change will be in high school graduation requirements. “They are changing from 18 to 21 credits,” Bradberry said The bill offers regular and advanced high school curriculum.
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