New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels HeraM-Zeitung
Friday, July 12,1985
' Wanted' list debut nets one arrest
AUSTIN (AP) - A Fort Worth man was arrested within hours after a list of chronic child support violators was published, and Attorney General Jim Mattox says that convinces him a new “most-wanted” list program will work.
“The fact that the one newspaper in the state which ran the list of names got us some immediate action makes me believe even more firmly that the most-wanted list program will be a success,” Mattox said Thursday.
Mattox unveiled his most-wanted
‘I hate to see a man go to jail, but more than that I hate the fact that children are not being
properly cared for by their parents’
lists on Wednesday, asking the news media to help publicize violators in several Texas cities.
Within hours of publication of names by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, one man was arrested in that city, Mattox said.
About 8:15 a.m. Thursday, a newspaper reader in Fort Worth recognized the name of a Fort Worth man and notified the attorney general’s regional office there.
Mattox said a warrent was issued for James Thomas Brackeen, 26, who
allegedly is at least $4,070 behind in child support payments for his 6-year-old son.
Mattox said court records indicate Brackeen hasn’t made a child support payment since 1982. The man was arrested about ll a.m.
The man was being held in the Tarrant County jail for contempt of court by failing to make the payments. A judge will hear the case and determine what steps should be taken to make certain the payments are made, Mattox said.
The attorney general on Wed
nesday said the most-wanted lists were being made public to help focus attention on fathers who are failing to pay child support and to solicit the public’s help in finding the violators.
“The Fort Worth office has received tips on two other individuals on the list and currently is checking out those tips,” he said.
The lists have been compiled for several areas around the state, with more on the way, officials said.
“I hate to see a man go to jail, but more than that I hate the fact that children are not being properly cared for by their parents,” Mattox said.
Offers pour in for former hostage's story
HOUSTON (AP) — Former TWA hostage Allyn Conwell says he has received numerous offers for magazine articles, books and television appearances but isn't accepting all the offers, yet.
“It'd be hard not to consider them. I may be open to something of that nature in the future,” Conwell told the Houston Post on Wednesday. “Someone has even mentioned a movie, but I’m not taking that too seriously ”
Aside from the offers. Conwell, 39, has accumulated pounds of letters at the post office. He says he intends to answer every letter
But the articulate and controversial spokesman for fellow American captives during the 17-da) ordeal that culminated in Beirut, says his notoriety is fleeting
“Given a few weeks of me being out of the country, if you mention 'Allyn Conwell,' the most common response will be. Who’’'” he said
Conwell has drawn criticism for speaking sympathetically during his captivity towards the more than 700 Israeli-held Shutes The release of those prisoners was demanded by the two men who hijacked the plane and b> the .Amal militia that kept the hostages for the last Id dav » of the incident
When the freed American hostages returned to the United States, it was TWA pilot John Testrake — not Conwell — who spoke on behalf of the group at the July 2 welcoming ceremony attended by President Reagan.
Conwell has said the statements he made during his captivity were misconstrued.
“I worded my statements very carefully, because of my
awareness of the feelings of the other captives, he said. “I think tune will bear out that the
statements I made ... for the hostages were very accurate.”
Conwell said he will fly
sometime this week to Athens,Greece, the home of his wife s parents, where he and his family will relax for a week After that, the Conwells will return to the Middle Fast, where he works,
Conwell has worked for the past year in Muscat, Oman, as a general manager for Houston-based Enterra Oil Field Services He said he is being transferred to another Middle Fast location that he declined to divulge
Conwell was flying from Athens to the Middle Fast when the plane was hijacked He has been visiting with relatives in Houston — his native tow n since his release.
Lamb wants his life spared by stay
HUNTSVILLE (AP) - The next Texas death row inmate scheduled to die by lethal injection wants an attorney to help him get an execution stay.
“I don't want to die. If an attorney tells me we can beat this case in five to six years, then of course I’ll take it,” convicted killer John Michael lamb, 27, said Wednesday.
Bruce Griffiths, an attorney with the American Civil Uberties Union in Houston, said he has not found an attorney to represent Iamb, but hopes to have one by the end of this week.
“There are more cases now than a couple years ago and less of a chance of success” in getting a stay, Griffiths said Once an attorney handles an execution appeal, “you don't want to do it again.” he added.
Lamb, a California drifter scheduled to die July 22, received the death penalty for the Nov. 6, 1982 robbery and shooting death of a man in a Greenville motel room. He fled to Florida in the victim’s car, but was arrested and returned to Texas.
Attorney General Jim Mattox said Tuesday that Lamb probably will be successful in obtaining a stay if he wants one.
The execution date is the first one set for Lamb.
The inmate has maintained he is innocent and that he was convicted because his court-appointed attorneys did not represent him
Five Texas prisoners have been executed by lethal injection this > ear. two within the last two weeks.
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Iraqi jets hit Turkish super tanker
BAGHDAD, Iraq AP) — Iraqi warplanes fired a missile into the Turkish supertanker M Seyhan today, setting it ablaze in the Persian gulf near Iran's Kharg Island oil terminal, marine salvage experts reported
M Seyhan is the sister ship of the supertanker M Vatan, which the Iraqis raided Tuesday at almost the same location.
The Iraqi military command said the w arplanes inflicted an “accurate and effective hit” today and returned safely to base Bahrain-based maritime shipping sources said the 225,000-ton M Seyhan sustained an enormous
blast in the port side as a result of the raid.
M. Seyhan was on its way to Kharg to take a load of crude oil and move it to Iran’s Simi Island in the southeastern sector of the gulf.
Iran has been using an undisclosed number of supertankers in a shuttle service to move oil from Kharg to Simi, out of the normal range of the Iraqi jet fighters.
No details were immediately available on casualties or the precise extent of damage.
On Tuesday, the M. Vatan was “badly hit," according to marine salvage sources in Bahrain. It lost about 20 percent of its load of about 350.000
tons of oil and was unloading and repair.
being towed to Simi for
Iran and Iraq have been at war since September 1980, and raids on commecial shipping were initiated by the Iraqis almost two years ago with the avowed aim of choking off the Iranian economy by blocking its oil exports.
Iran has accused the Arab countries of the gulf of pro-Iraqi sympathies, and its warplanes have occasionally retaliated against the Iraqi raids with similar raids on Arab and other ta lkers in neutral w aters in the southern sector of the gulf
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Coke, Pepsi take their rivalry to the shuttle
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla AP With all the world their battleground already, Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola are taking their soft drink nvalrv into space as NASA officials fret about being caught in a commercial fizz.
The Hatfields and McCoys of the soft drink business put four cans each on board the shuttle Challenger, scheduled for liftoff at 4 30 p rn. today, for the first space test of car bona ted*d rink technolog)
"One giant sip for mankind, said T-shirts handed out at the launch site Thursday by the Pepsi people “Drink Coca-Cola," said the red caps distributed by guess who That sort of commercial boosterism gives the National Aeronautics and Space Administration heartburn, and the agene) told Challenger's seven astronauts the) are not to be seen on ship-to-ground television drinking either beverage during the seven-da)
But NASA could not stop representatives of the two soft drink giants from engaging in a bit of hucksterism as the) faced the press Thursday "Do you know why I'm excited’’” asked Ashis Gupta, a Coke scientist Because when you have something that you believe in. something that vou know is fantastic, you want everybody to know about it ”
The man from Pepsi, vice president Tom Williams, managed to weave hi- company's ad theme into his remarks, conceding that space was a small market but “symbolic on how we view the future and future generations ”
The flight comes on the heels of an announcement b) Coca-Cola Wednesdays that due to popular demand it would begin marketing cola with its old formula 2‘s months after it was replaced by a new version.
Dr Sam Poole, chief of NASA s
medical science division, said the agency is always on the lookout for new ways to dispense food and drink in space
Conventional soft drink containers do not work in the absence of gravity. and astronauts have sipped drinks from straws rn plastic containers that collapse as the) are emptied
Coca-Cola offered its experiment and N.ASA accepted. Poole said
According to Coca-Cola, the "space can” has an internal dispensing mechanism that compensates for the absence of gravity The package has a drinking spout activated by a valve
Pepsi-Cola. sensing a public relations coup by its rival, wanted in. It turned to a vice president in its ow ii company, Max Fnedersdorf.
A reporter wanted to know whether the space Coke would be “the old. the new, or the newly reissued old?
“We are sending Coca-Cola.” Gupta said without a smile
Saturn site pick due in 3 weeks
DETROIT i AP ( — General Motors Corp. President K. James McDonald say s the company will decide within two or three weeks w here to put its new Saturn car plant.
Saturn Corp , a Id billion project GM announced iii January, will build a new-car plant expected to employ 6,000 people. Officials from communities in Texas and 35 other slates have been courting the company for the plant.
They 're still looking at proposals," McDonald said of Saturn Corp. executives who will make the site decision. “I think that within a two- or three-week frame we’ll know about it.”
McDonald, speaking at an impromptu new s conference Thursday, also said he expected General Motors and the United Auto Workers union to come to terms within a w eek on an oui line for a labor contract
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The Te*as Department of Public Safety reported 94 ol an inch of ram in only 15 minutes Ahen the storm moved across Kerrville A severe thunderstorm Aarnmg Aas issued tor Kerr County but Aas tilted at 5 15 a rn
Othei shOAer* and thunderstorms OC Curred over a smell pert of South Central Te*as between Austin end Sen Antonio Otherwise skies were mostly clear over Norm end West Tends white partly cloudy skies dotted ashame northers! and far West Tenas the Coastal Bend and the lower Rio Grande Valley Meanwhile a weak high pressure system remained the dominant weather feature
across the state Winds wete generally about 5 to 15 mph Temperatures were mostly m the 60s and 70s encept tor readings m the 50s ovei the mountainous southwest Early morning entremes ranged from 55 at Marfa to 83 at the Nawdi an station rn Corpus Christi Today s nigh temperatures were enpecied to soar above IOC degrees in the Big Bend Readings in the 90s were enpected elsewhere
NORTH TEXAS Widely scattered at ternoon thunderstorms mainly east and south portion today otherwise tan and warm through Saturday Highs both days 90s east to 102 west Nighttime lows rn the 70s
SOUTH TEXAS Partly cloudy through Saturday with hot afternoons and mild at
Thunderstorm* dotted the Sn and nation s midsection today
Storm* were scattered from Bm- Virginia* to the southern tip of Florida and aero** th. lower Missis*.ppi Valley Other* ranged fro Nebraska and South Dakota into the Un . Basin
Today s forecast caned tor showers amt thunderstorms across the central Gulf Coast Florida and the eastern Great Basin widely scattered thunderstorm* actos* (tie upper Mississippi Valley die Rockies and Iron central Te»as through the Carolinas and showers scattered across northern New England and from the Virginia* through lh* lower Great Lakes
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