New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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2 missing as troops recapture town
y DI I AHR AN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi troops
backed by U.S. Marines unlay UH)k back the coastal 'TOV* town that saw the Persian Gulf War’s first sustained
ground fighting, the Saudi military said.
Baltic crisis improving
VILNIUS. U.S.S.R. (AP) - The absence of Soviet troops on the streets of Vilnius overnight signaled an improvement in relations with Moscow, Lithuanian President Vytautas l.andsbergis said today.
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Unicorns swim team makes its debut in SA
Just a few months old, New Braunfels High School's swimming team made its debut in San Antonio in a tough meet featuring 36 schools and more than 400 swimmers from around the arca.
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Vol 139, No. 56
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Jury debating punishment in robbery case
Workers aboard the South Texas Regional Blood Bank s Bloodmobile reported “a steady stream" of volunteer donors when the portable donation facility set up shop in the New Braunfels Civic Center parking
Sunny, mild conditions today should find the high temperature near 60, foil OW ed by a clear, cold
night with a low near 29 degrees. Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny, warming to near 70 days and falling to about 40 each evening. There’s no appreciable chance for rain and winds are from the southeast.
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New Braunfels High School Sophomore Class will be washing cars, and having a bake sale and rummage sale this weekend to raise money for Queen of Hearts. Hie car wash, S2. will be from IO a.in. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Wayne’s Landa Garden Center, 666 Landa St. The bake sale and rummage sale arc from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Buy-For-Less, 604 S. Walnut Ave...,
Attention New Braunfels High School Junior Class parents: It is
Queen of Hearts time and your help is needed. Tile Junior Class needs donations for the rummage sale which is on Saturday, Feb. 2. Items may be brought to New Braunfels High School rooms D-l or B-23 during the school day or to 50 Mission Drive after 3:30 p.m. Parent volunteers also are desperately needed to help with the Junior Class Lock-In on Friday, Feb. I. Shifts are from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and from 2 a.m. to 7 a m. Parent help also is needed to work at the rummage sale Saturday and on Thursday and Friday afternoons to sort and price items. Interested parents should contact Karen Rayburn at 625-8457 or 625-6271....
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Aquifer plan adds county, sets survey
Comal County recently was included in a regional aquifer protection program aimed at protecting the Edwards Aquifer from contamination.
The program will be organized by the Texas Water Commission in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency. Local governments and service organizations have the opportunity to take an active role in protecting their public water supply through wellhead protection techniques.
Using volunteers throughout Comal County, the Texas Water Commission will coordinate a survey of the locations of all potential sources of ground water contamination. The information obtained from the survey data will be used to aid local officials in quickly locating and cleaning up any source of contamination, thereby lessening the chance of any adverse health effects.
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lot on Wednesday. Here, Rosetta Scrutchin, left, and Robert McCormick do their part. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Convenience store investigation continues
Police continue searching for suspects linked to the burglary this week of a local convenience store, where approximately $2,000 worth of assorted merchandise was taken.
The burglary occurred at the Pit Stop Food Mart, located at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35, early Tuesday morning. The suspects, captured on an in-house video camera, arc described as one black male between the ages of 14 and 16 and the other suspect described as either Caucasian or Hispanic in his late teens or early 20s.
Also captured in the video was the vehicle the suspects were traveling in, said New Braunfels Police Detective John Villarreal. The vehicle appears to be an early 1980’s model of a 4-door Cadillac.
The suspects entered the store through a glass door, he said.
Villarreal said there could be a possible witness to the crime since the video camera tape shows a vehicle driving by the store while the burlgary was in progress.
Persons with information about this
burglary are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers ai 620-TIPS. Persons will not have to give their name. Crime Stoppers will pay cash for tips leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the persons involved in this burglary.
17-year-old suspect released on bond
A 17-ycar-old New Braunfels man was released today from Comal County Jail on a $20,000 bond after being arrested Tuesday for burglary of a habitation.
Richard M. Ramirez of 1529 Cologne Drive was slopped by New Braunfels Police Department Detective Paul Peterson at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“He was being watched for suspicious actions,” said Comal County Sheriff’s Detective Rick Alvarez. “When Detective Peterson approached him for identification, it was observed that the defendant possessed firearms that were stolen out of a residence on Jan 28."
Three weapons stolen from the county residence were recovered, but
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
A Comal County jury found Richard Jerome Taliaferro guilty of aggravated robbery and began the punishment phase of the trial today in district court.
Retired District Judge M. Ted Butler of Bexar County is presiding over the trial at the Comal County Courthouse.
Taliaferro i<x>k the stand today during the punishment phase in his own defense after the 8-man, 4-woman jury found him guilty of the Aug. 1990 robbery ai the Pit Slop Food Mart, located in New Braunfels at Ruckle Road and Interstate 35.
Tile defendant was arrested Sept. 5. 1990, in San Antonio and charged with robbing and twice shooting the store clerk, who survived.
During the trial this week a number of people took the stand testifying that Taliaferro did commit the robbery.
New Braunfels Police Detective Basil Boatright testified Thursday that when he saw Taliaferro step off a bus in San Antonio last year he had no doubt he was the man who robbed and shot a local convenience store clerk.
“(I) had no doubt he was the man," he said.
Boatright said when the defendant was arrested at the bus stop he was wearing the same clothes as those seen in the store video. He also had .32-caliber bullets in his pocket at the time he was arrested. The clerk was shot w ith a .32-culibcr pistol.
San Antonian Janice O’Cain, who allowed Taliaferro to live with her for a while, testified she was with the defendant when he robbed the clerk.
“He ran inside the Pit Slop and he came back and he was running with the cash register," she said.
“He did shoot that man in the store.”
Ronald E. Johnson of San Antonio testified Wednesday he had on two
SM TRIAL, Page 2Two more saw blades discovered
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
As the investigation continues into the alleged attempted escape of a prisoner at the Comal County jail last week, two more saw blades have been found, says Sheriff Jack Bremer.
“We have done some more investigating and talked to some people back there (in the jail) and we have come up with two more blades,” Bremer said Wednesday. “There were two hack saw blades secreted under that bar or rail (on the cell d(X)r) that runs very close to the floor with toothpaste."
Ute investigation began after prisoner Richard Jerome Taliaferro, who is on trial this week on an aggravated robbery charge, was found sawing through an air conditioner vent in the cell block in which he was housed last Saturday.
Brenter said the investigation is continuing on how the saw blades were snuck into the jail.
A syringe also was found in a cqII.
“We’re trying to figure out how they got in. The best information that we can come up with right now is they probably came in in a hoUowcd-out tennis shoes." Bremer said. “They could have been in this jail for six months or two weeks, who knows? We can’t pin down who brought them in."
Taliaferro was housed in a 7-man cell block. In that block is a day room and seven individual cells.
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Speed limit on Morningside to be topic of public hearing
A public hearing will be conducted at IO a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Commissioners Court Courtroom at the Comal County Courthouse to consider setting the speed limit on a portion of Morningside Drive.
Commissioners will conduct the hearing to consider setting the limit along Morningside Drive which is in
the unincorporated area of Comal County, particularly the portion of the drive from its intersection with Solms Road to the New Braunfels city limits.
The proposed speed limit is 40 miles jtcr hour.
All interested persons are invited to attend or to conulet Commissioners Court at 620-5501 before the hearing date.
Two missing as troops recapture town
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi troops backed by U.S. Marines today took back the coastal town that saw the Persian Gulf War’s first sustained ground fighting, the Saudi military said. But front-line commanders said they suspected the Iraqis were planning an even larger attack.
The U.S. military command said two U.S. soldiers — a man and a woman — apparently were missing. The two were not directly involved in the fighting at the northern Saudi port of Khafji, Brig. Gen. Pat Stevens IV told reporters.
In Washington, a Pentagon source said a U.S. plane had been shot down. Stevens said U.S. officials were checking an unconfirmed report that the plane was a C-130 transport.
By midmorning in Khafji, the remnants of an Iraqi armored column were cornered and under siege by U.S. artillery. By evening, Saudi forces had completed the recapture of the
Texan among soldiers killed in ground battle
TYLER, Texas (AP) — A Texan is among the first U.S. troops killed in a ground battle in Saudi Arabia, the soldier’s father said.
Lance Cpl. Daniel B. Walker, 20, was killed Wednesday in the first sustained ground battle of Operation Desert Storm, said his father, Bruce Nolan Walker, 40.
Walker was from Whitehouse, just south of Tyler, officials said.
Marine Staff Sgt. Jesse Lovell said Marine officials and a chaplain notified Walker’s mother in Dallas early today of the soldier’s death. The woman contacted Bruce Walker in Beaumont about their son’s death.
The Lovells are divorced.
“I was told that military officials came by here this morning, but I missed them because I was out working,” Bruce Walker said.
‘‘Daniel was proud to be a Marine,” he said. ‘‘He and I both feel like Saddam Hussein is a madman. I think (my son) died bravely and proudly.”
Lovell said Walker was a crewman in a light armored vehicle and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Official! reported that ll Marines were reported killed
in Wednesday's battle.
town, allied officials said.
According to initial reports, 160 Iraqi soldiers were captured in the battle, Stevens said. Saudi officials said a large portion of their tanks and equipment were destroyed.
Iraq’s official news agency today quoted the newspaper of Iraq’s ruling Baath party as saying the ground
fighting was the prelude to a far bigger battle. The paper, Al-Thawra,
called it “the beginning of a thunderous storm blowing on the Arab desert.”
Marines on the outskirts of Khafji said they had been told five or six Iraqi divisions — at least 60,000 troops were massing near the Saudi
town of Wafra, about 25 miles to the west, and believed preparing for an attack.
The four-pronged Iraqi attack that began Tuesday evening and appeared to em! today involved only about 1,500 ground troops and 50 tanks and was considered a probe to test allied strength.
The fighting resulted in the first American ground casualties. The U.S. military command said today in Riyadh that ll Marines were killed. It earlier had said 12 were killed
Staff officers at the 1st Marine Division's headquarters said the Marines were killed late Tuesday along Kuwait’s southwestern border in the desert about 15 miles west of Khafji. Stevens said three light armored vehicles were lost, but d;d not say whether the Marines killed were rn the vehicles.
Al-Thawra boasted that Baghdad, not the allies, would sci the timing of the ground confrontation.
By grabbing Khafji. “Iraq became the one who initialed the opening of new pages of the battle according to the date and place it decides,’' it said.
Allied commanders have said they would resist Iraqi efforts to drag them