New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Panel formed to study police
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Comal River......... 308 cia
Water CanYoninflow ........ 364 cfs (down o,
Canyon outflow........ 809 cfs (up 174)
Watch Edwards Aquifer........ 625.71 (up .10)
Canyon Lake level .... 911.21 (down .06)
Inmates moved to new jail
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Fireworks debut a real blast, below
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 134
July 9,1985 25 Cents 14 Pages
Fireworks get raves
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
It was the largest Fourth of July fireworks display ever put on in New Braunfels and probably was attended by the largest crow d
New Braunfels Jaycees are saying this week that the expanded fireworks show, which was put on with money from the city and from private donations, was a success I ve heard nothing but hurrahs.” said Jaycees (last president Pete Ungamfelter of the show “Now, we're going to ask all the people in the community to individually support the show, instead of the banks and the clubs giving a lump sum
“We’ll have it entirely paid for and the city won t have to budget for it,” Ijngamfelter said “That s what we hoped to do in the beginning. Now they can see what they’re paying for.”
Parks Director David W hatley also praised the show “F.verthing went excellent,” he said “The fireworks went smooth and they employees of Alpha-Ix-e Enterprises, which put on
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The New Braunfels Parks Department is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and indictment of the people who destroyed five light poles and damaged three others at Binman Island Saturday night.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Police Department criminal investigation division at 625-7181 Parks Director David Whatley said that sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, someone walked along the Comal River through Binman Island As the vandal, or vandals, made his way through the park, down went the five metal poles The light poles, about a year old, are set in concrete piers along the sidewalk next to the Comal River
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City OKs panel to study police-minority relations
Against criticism from one of the committee are digging into any complaints with a ‘00111111106 I assure the department thats discriminating the Police Department and t
Against criticism from one of the department's lieutenants, City Council Monday formed a nine-member committee lo study relations between the Police Department and the minority community Et Felix Bogue said he is against having “committee upon committee” and said the proponents of a
committee are “digging into something that there’s nothing under.”
A city-appointed public health. safety and con un unity relations conunittee recently studied the police and fire departments “I have a problem with this committee,” he said I’m Mexican-American. too and I haven’t heard
I’m insulted as a Mexican-Amertcan on the police department because I see the conunittee try mg to get into the brutalization To think that I. as a Mexican-American, would condone it. I’m offended ” Police chief Burney Boeck, although denying any discrimination, said he would work
with a conunittee I assure the Council that tlus police department is not discriminating against any citizen >f New Braunfels in the deliverv of police service, or in the hiring, firing, promotional, or disclipiine process," he said. "I’m denying it’s happening.
However, Boeck said, lf there s an insinuation that I'm running a
department that's discriminating against someone, it was this individual that extended the hand and said, ‘let’s start a committee and let’s see if there s a problem out there.’ l,et's stop goosing this ghost."
Councilman Y'aldemar Espinoza also suggested the formation of a conunittee to study what might be done to improve relations between
the Police Department and the Mexican-American and black community."
Espinoza said he has received complaints from people of his district of being mistreated by the police, along with complaints of police officers being discourteous and going into homes w ithout warrants.
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Inmates get a ride and an escort to the new jailInmates moved to new jail
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By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Six weeks after the administrative portion of the new county jail was occupied, the sheriff’s department moved prisoners to the new jail Monday.
“The move went real smoothe,” Sheriff Walter Fellers said. “It took about two hours to move over 25 prisoners We had around IM) Monday, but several had been brought in Sunday and were magistrated and made bond Monday morning.”
The modern facility, which will hold 148 prisoners, may look luxurious to the outside observer, with color televisions in the day rooms.
But prison inmates will probably miss some of the more quaint aspects of the old place: getting to look out the jail windows (the new jail has none in the jail area),
whistle at girls and watch the passing traffic — things that helped while away the hours of confinement
And what will become of the cat that was fed from tile jail kitchen
The original construction schedule planned for a completion date of the first of the year liespite delays, the new jail was completed within the deadline set by the federal court (a result of a civil suit brought against Comal County by prisoners a few years ago.)
The jail construction was part of the out-of-court settlement, and county residents passed a $3.8 million bond issue in May 1983 to pay for it.
The jail passed inspection from the Texas Commission on Jail Standards at the end of May with only minor adjustments needed. Since then the finishing touches had to be completed and jailers had to be trained on running the new equipment.Today's Weather
Partly cloudy skies are expected to continue through Wednesday with southerly w inds at IO mph The high may reach the mid-90s This morning's low was 69 and Monday's high was 89 Sunset will bt' at 8:34 p m. and sunrise will be at 6 38 a in.Nice landing
A local man and his passenger escaped uninjured after the landing gear of their airplane refused to open Monday. The pilot made a perfect belly-landing at New Braunfels Airport See Page 2.Sign woes
Warning signs don’t always do any good, as the latest cliff-jumping fatality indicates. But they ’re still a necessity, and there are lots of places iii New Braunfels that should have them — and don’t. See Opinions. Page 4A 12-hitter
Despite giving up 12 hits, St. Louis’ Joaquin Andujar won his 15th game Monday night as the Cardinals topped the San Francisco Giants 6-1. Andujar, 15-3, is the major leagues’ winningest pitcher. Sports. Page 7
Council reverses rezoning proposals
City Council reversed the recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday night when it denied a commercial zoning request for one E M 306 tract and approved another.
Both tracts were part of the two-imle strip along the road that was annexed in September. Planning and Zoning recommended C-l and C-3 zoning for the strip, then Council agreed on residential zoning for the strip.
Owners of two of tile properties then returned to Planning and Zoning in aune with commercial zoning requests.
The planning commission on June 4 recommended C-l (local business!
zoning on 2.533 acres northeast corner of the E M 306 and Oak Grove
entrance and 1-3 1 commercial 1 zoning on 3.284 acres on the southeast
But Council voted 5-to-l (with George Erben against 1 to keep the two properties residential, following arguments from neighboring residents, who said they wanted the area to remain green and noncommercial
“The issue Unlay is not so much that we are opposed lo commercial development,” said neighbor Barry Allison. “The people in this area have a vested interest in preserving what
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Policeman's killer gets the needle
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BUNTSVILLE (APi - Henry Martinez Porter, calling society “a bunch of cold-blooded murderers,” was executed early today for the slaying of a Fort Worth police efficer nearly IO years ago.
Porter, the second Texas prisoner to be given lethal injection in two weeks, insisted to his last breath that the killing of Officer Henry Mailloux was in self defense.
"I want people to know that they called me a cold-blooded murderer, and I shot a man who shot me first,” Porter said in a final statement as he was strapped to a gurney in the death chamber.
“I didn’t tie anyone down on a stretcher and put poison into his
veins from behind a locked door. I call this and I call your society a bunch of cold-blooded murderers.” Porter also complained he was a victim of prejudice against Mexican Americans “They call it equal justice, but it is your equal justice," he said. “A Mexican life is worth nothing.”
He then asked for forgiveness from God and asked a prison chaplain to give his best to his family.
Porter, 43, from San Antonio, is a former painter’s helper with a
lengthy criminal history that included burglary, robbery, assault,
forgery and auto theft. He was an
acknowledged drug addict who said his habit once reached $1,000 a day.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A 27-year-old Channelview man ignored the “Danger” sign and jumped off the bluff across from Preiss Heights Park Sunday The leap cost him his life.
The body of John Carter Halbert was pulled from the Guadalupe River about two hours after he jumped. Diver Jesse Allen recovered the body in about 25 feet of water, and Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger pronounced Halbert dead at the scene at 6:47 p.m.
His body was found below the tallest point on the cliffs, which is about 44 feet high. Towering seven feet above that point is a sign recently erected by the City of Seguin, which reads: “Danger No Jumping. No Diving."
State Game Warden Neal Etheredge said Halbert was standing right next to the large sign when he jumped.
“Witnesses said he jumped, hit the water on his stomach, and never surfaced," Etheredge said.
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The cliffs' latest victim reportedly jumped from this spot