New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Governor to open session to Medig
AUSTIN (AP) —Gov. Bill Clements will open the agenda of the special legislative session today to a proposal dealing with Medicare supplemental insurance, the governor’s chief of staff said.
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Senate OKs proposals against flag burning
AUSTIN (AP) —The Senate has adopted two proposals against burning the United States flag, although a senator said he let one go through only because he had proved that the Constitution is more important than the flag.
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NL hitters back on track
in the All-Star Game *wcasc Nolan Ryan. thai I at 95 mph and jails. And now he . me oOth annual All-Star Game.
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guilty in death
By MARGARET EDMONSON Start Writer
A Spring Branch woman charged with murdering her husband pleaded guilty Monday in Comal County District Court.
Mary Virginia Specht, HCR I Box 39B, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing her husband, Larry Wayne Specht, with a high-powered rifle March 2. District 22 Judge Charles R. Ramsay ordered a prc-scntencing investigation before the punishment hearing set for Aug. 29.
The plea bargain established between District Attorney Bill Reimer and defense attorney Bill Schrocdcr consisted of a 30-year prison term for Specht. She may be eligible for parole in four-and-a-half to seven years.
“This is only IO less than what she would have been forced to serve if a jury had found her guilty,” Reimer said. “I’m very pleased with the decision.”
Reimer said the district court judge could decide to change the sentence if he finds it unacceptable for any reason.
“It’s basically a foregone conclusion that he will accept the sentence,” Reimer said.
Judge Ramsay will preside over the sentencing hearing on Aug. 29.
Specht remains free in leiu of an $80,000 bond for the murder charge until the sentencing.
Comal County sheriff’s office detectives said evidence revealed Mrs. Specht shot her husband in the back with a high-powered rifle while he was in the driveway of their property off U.S. 281. He died that evening in surgery at Medical Center Hospital.
A previous charge of attempted murder was dropped in the plea bargain. That charge stemmed from
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Attorney general rules benefit contract not authorized
CAD looking for retirement plan
A recent attorney general’s opinion rules the retirement benefits contract between the Comal Appraisal District and Texas Association of Assessing Officers is not authorized under constitutional and statutory provisions.
“Now the appraisal district board has to go back to square one and look at the retirement plan for the appraisal district employees,” said board member
Neil Craigmile, who requested the opinion in October 1988.
Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes is on vacation and unavailable for comment.
Craigmile, a Comal County commissioner, asked the county attorney to request an opinion of the retirement plan after receiving a petition from a group of New Braunfels concerned citizens in
“Their concern was that TA AO was not eligible to write retirement plans for governmental entities,” Craigmile said in October.
The opinion states CAD is not authorized to enter into a contract with a private association for
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attorney for case
New Braunfels City Council Monday unanimously voted to secure an Austin attorney to keep the city abreast of the recent lawsuit filed by Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to regulate Edwards Aquifer water withdrawals.
“(Ben Hooper) will keep the council informed ... how to proceed ... what position we should take as far as the lawsuit is concerned,” said Mayor Doug Miller after the meeting.
Hooper, of Hooper and Haag, is a specialist in water litigation and rights. He previously has represented WcstPoint Pepperell and New Braunfels Utilities.
He will report to city council all proceedings, positions and views surrounding the lawsuit. Councilmem-bcrs still have not taken a stand on the lawsuit.
“Our city is in a unique position — we’re on both sides of the issue,” Miller said recently.
OBRA filed suit June 15 in state
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County employees arrested, charged
Explosion rocks hotel
Two county road department employees were arrested Friday night and charged with stealing plants from the Plant Haus while in their county uniforms, says a police spokesman.
Xavier Pina, 39, 240 N. West End, and Jose Esquivel, 35, 2336 W. Katy, were arrested and charged with theft.
Police Officer Dudley Ives noticed a truck pulling away from the Plant
Haus late Friday night when a “tree fell off the back," said Spokesman Martin Mayer.
When Ives drove behind the truck he noticed more trees, he said.
After pulling Pina and Esquivel over and questioning them he escorted them back to the Plant Haus on Walnut Avenue and management identified the plants as theirs, he said.
Police investigating Friday night accident
A Longview man remains in satisfactory condition al McKenna Memorial Hospital today after he was involved in a Friday night wreck which claimed the life of a local teenager.
“We haven’t filed charges yet... if we file any at all,” said New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Felix Roque.
Detectives have not been able to interview William Muckelroy, 21, because of his condition, said Police
Spokesman Martin Mayer.
Muckelroy was driving a 1977 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, when he lost control on Interstate 35, crossed the median, became airborne and landed on top of the Nissan pickup truck driven by Gina Haas, 17, who died after the accident.
The accident occurred at 11:05 p.m. between Solms Road and Ruekle
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A leaking natural gas line probably was the cause of an explosion at Dwight’s Hotel Monday afternoon. The explosion — around 4 p.m. — caused brick and glass to break away from the existing wall. Fire
Chief Phil Baker said the amount of damage is
undetermined. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Stephanie Davis)
There is a chance you may need an umbrella this aficm<xw. Forecasters arc calling for a chance for showers and thundershowers in the late afternoon. Today’s high will reach 95 degrees under cloudy skies. Hic overnight low will be 76 degrees. Wednesday will sec more clouds and a chance for thundershowers in the afternoon. The high will be 93 degrees and the low will be 76 degrees.
Homespun Early Childhood Intervention is a family-focused program providing education, training and support to handicapped and delayed children from birth to age 3 and their families. The staff and advisory board have prepared a slide presentation to tell the public more about the individualized services provided by the program.
If your church, group or organization would like to learn more about Homespun, who is entitled to care, and how you can lend your support, call Homespun, 572 W. San Antonio St. (First United Methodist Church), a 625-1510....
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive July 16. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 8:30 a m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Seelc Parish House on Coll Street. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 625-6951. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank supplies many area hospitals, including McKenna Memorial Hospital and summer is a busy time for blood needs....
The Christian Education Committee of the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church is presenting a seminar titled “The Sandwich Generation — Caring for Others.” The Rev. Richard O. Comfort, professor of sociology and antrho-pology, will be conducting the program July 16 at 4 p.m. in the activity center at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St. He is nationally known for his work and the development of programs concerning the aging adult. This program on caring for older adults is open to the public at no cost.,..
Council to buy building
Officials offering plan compromise
Facilities committee recommends purchase
New Braunfels voters turned down the construction of a new city hall during a 1985 bond election, but now city officials arc offering a compromise.
Not a city hall, but the beginning of a municipal complex.
City Council voted Monday to purchase the former Lowe’s building on South Casten Avenue for additional city office space.
“I believe they voted down a
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After months of study, a mayor-appointed five-member municipal facilities committee has recommended New Braunfels City Council purchase the former Lowe’s building for more city office space.
Council unanimously approved the recommendation Monday after an executive session.
“The report they brought back was that our people arc stumbling
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Municipal complex to house city departments
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Start Writer
Plans for a municipal complex became a reality Monday night when New Braunfels City Council unanimously voted to pay more than $300,000 for the empty Lowe’s building, across the street from the police department and Civic Center.
The former hardware store, on . South Casten Avenue, will house various city departments by January 1990 to eliminate overcrowding in some city offices.
“We’ve got - to progress forward,” said Mayor Doug Miller in an interview with the Herald-Zeitung prior to council action. “We can’t sit on our hands and expect city government to continue providing the services that our citizens deserve.”
A committee, appointed by Miller earlier this year and headed by Councilman Amo Becker, investigated the need for additional office space and where it should be.
“The report .they brought back was that our people are stumbling all over each other... and efficiency is down because of it,” Miller
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Police Department Sgt. John McEachern, left, Municipal Court Clerk Susan Stockberger and City Manager Paul Grohman discuss plans for the new municipal complex. (Photo by Ceryl Clark)