New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 15, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Trustee Richter dead at 56
Staff photo by Henry Krausse
Utilities trustee Bill Richter at a board meeting.
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Bill Richter, dean of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees, died Wednesday night at his home of an apparent heart attack. He was 56.
Associates and friends expressed shock at the news and lauded Richter for his intelligence and steady judgment on the board he served for ll years.
Richter was also a trustee for the New Braunfels Independent School District from 1965 to 1974.
A somber Bob Sohn, the Utilities general manager who also served
with Richter on the school board, said he was “a close friend for years” and called his death “a tremendous loss for the community.”
‘‘What can you say? I’m still in shock. He had so much to give and he gave so much....He was an intelligent man — he had a way about him, of assessing problems, that went a lot deeper than usual. He looked at it from every angle,” Sohn said.
“These things happen. He was a good, solid person,” Sohn said.
Board chairman Bill Brown said he was “literally stunned” when he heard about it Thursday morning
and said citizens and board members “have lost a great man and a friend.”
“I couldn’t believe it. If every citizen served their community like Bill Richter did, this sure would be a better world,” Brown said.
Richter was a sales representative for several hosiery mills and traveled widely in that capacity. He was appointed to the board by City Council in 1971, to complete the term of G.O. Reinarz. He was serving his second five-year term when he died.
With the retirement last year of Johnny Ruppel, a 39-year board veteran, Richter became the board’s most experienced trustee. Other
board members — Brown, Edgar Sahm and Amo Becker — received their appointments since 1980.
“It’s a shock,” said Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. “A total and complete shock.”
Council member Joe Rogers recalled Richter’s school board days and said he taught ‘both his kids” when he was bandleader at New Braunfels High School.
“He was a very dear friend. I had nothing but admiration for him. All teachers had a real supporter on the school board (with Richter.) It’s a big loss for the community,” Rogers
See RICHTER, Page 16
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Live Oak shooting
Police have no motive for spree
UVE OAK (AP) — Police pondered today why a woman who lived alone and attended church almost daily would go on a shooting rampage that left one neighbor dead and four others wounded in their low-rent apartment.
Uss than two hours after the Wednesday morning shootings, police said they arrested Joyce Ann Vanguilder, who was found with a broken leg, lying beside an interstate highway and babbling about shooting “snakes or rats."
Chuck Boltz, a boy of about IO, said the woman rushed into his family’s home and began shooting at his parents while screaming, “You killed everybody and you’re going to pay.”
Miss Vanguilder, 42, was charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder at about
ll p.m. Wednesday, said night Magistrate Quon Ixjw. He said he set bonds totalling $110,000.
She was hospitalized at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio. Hospital spokesman Ralph Cortez said Miss Vanguilder suffered a broken left lower leg and multiple contusions and abrasions.
The dead woman was identified by the Bexar County medical examiners’ office as Sue Bun-derman, 32.
All of the victims had moved to this San Antonio suburb of about 8,000 people from the Lebanon, Pa., area about nine months ago looking for jobs, said Sterling J. Ditzler, who was wounded in the attack.
Three other young boys were inside the apartment where the shooting took place, but were not injured, police said.
Dozens of police officers from five agencies, including the San Antonio SWAT team, laid seige to the apartment complex for two hours late Wednesday morning until they were told a woman already was in custody.
Mayor Ralph Cullip said a construction crew found Miss Vanguilder lying on the side of IH-35, talking incoherently and saying she “did some shooting at some snakes and rats in her home.”
He said the woman was not carrying a weapon when she was found near the highway, where she had apparently fallen or jumped from an embankment.
The mayor said the woman was known to own a .22-caliber pistol and a .25-caliber pistol. He said police
See SHOOTINGS, Page 16
Computer delays slow county appraisal work
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
July 15 has come and gone, and no tax rolls were forthcoming from the Comal County Appraisal District.
Chief appraiser Glenn Brucks hadn’t promised they’d be ready today; he’d only hoped. “We’re shooting for the end of the month,” he says now.
As Brucks reported to district directors in June, work has progressed to the point where “it’s mostly a matter of getting it in the
computer.” Problems with Thomas Y. Pickett company’s main computer in Dallas are what's slowing him down, he adds.
His office has three terminals, connected by phone line to the central memory bank. “We call up an account number, and it brings up a formatted screen with blanks in all the pertinent places,” Brucks said. The operator plugs collected appraisal data into the appropriate blanks and sends the account back to the computer.
Even the chief appraiser, who
admits to being a bad typist, can punch in an account in a minute or so. “The calling it up and the sending it back should take, at the outside, five .seconds each way,” said Brucks. “But here lately, it’s gotten where it might take 30 to 40 seconds each way.”
The problem seems to be in the programming. Other appraisal districts are storing data in Pickett's computer, too. The original five-second delay was put in so the
See APPRAISAL, Page 16
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Growth committee beginning to roll
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The Comal County Growth and Development Committee is about to get off the ground.
By as early as next week, it’s expected that the 12 to 15 members of this county-wide committee could be named.
The group, which will nominate the main steering committee, held its first meeting earlier this week in the home of County Agent Bill Schumann. Schumann has advised the nominating group since its formation in May when Commissioners Court named the nominating committee.
Talk of forming the growth committee began in March when county commissioners began worrying about the effects the proposed Guadalupe State Park would have on the county.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is developing the 1,900-acre park, which will be located east of Boerne on Highway 46. It will consist of camp and picnic sites and will be located in both Comal and Kendall counties.
Opening date of the park, construction of which began in
1979, will be in the summer of 1983, according to the parks department.
Commissioners are worried about the additional traffic congestion and tourist-related problems they say will result from this park. They are also concerned about the effect the county’s water recreational activities have on the county and its citizens.
As a result, at the suggestion of Comm. J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Commissioners Court agreed last March to set up a county-wide growth committee to study the recreational aspects of Comal County and the resulting tourism.
Oliver Haas, Kenneth Ikels, Charles Lewis and Charles Knibbe, members of the nominating committee, were joined at the initial nominating meeting by Evans and Joe Diamond from Texas A&M, and Tim Darilek, assistant to Commissioners Court.
Diamond, with the Texas Agricultural Extension Department, has expertise in setting up and working with local action and study committees.
Claims differ in Iraq-lran war
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Iraq claimed today that its forces drove invading Iranian troops back across the border after a counterattack that halted an Iranian offensive apparently aimed at the major Iraqi oil port of Basra.
But Iran, which invaded Iraq Tuesday night, said Iraq’s “feeble counteroffensive" failed and the Iraqis retreated.
“The aggressors’ perfidy boomeranged on them,” an Iraqi communique said. “They
retreated in failure across the border, pursued by blows and curses.”
Tehran radio, quoting an Iranian military communique, said: “A feeble enemy counteroffensive was defeated this morning" and that the Iraqis lost at least IO tanks. It said Iranian jets were bombing Iraqi positions.
Earlier Iranian broadcasts today said Iran’s “Operation Ramadan” invasion forces had completed a 12-mile thrust into Iraq — Iraqi admitted a six-mile penetration — and were consolidating positions near Basra, Iraq’s second largest city
across the Shatt-al-Arab waterway. The communiques, monitored in London, said the Iranians were preparing to drive toward the Iraqi city of Tannumah, on the east bank of the waterway opposite Basra.
Iran’s interior minister, Nategh Nouri, said iii an interview with the Jomhuri Islami newspaper that Iran would fight Iraq until Iranian cities were safe from attacks and “as long as our rights are not met completely.”
See WAR. Page 16
Rogers, Stratemann face no election challenge
A Wednesday deadline for City Council election filings passed, and no opponents surfaced to challenge Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. or Joe Rogers for their seats on the Council.
The two incumbents will be the only candidates on the August 14 city election ballot.
Rogers and Stratemann tempered their reaction to the news with sadness at the death of New Braunfels Utilities trustee Bill Richter, which Stratemann called “a shock.”
He said it was the first time in “roughly 20 years” Council members have run unopposed in a city election and added “I’m almost just as shocked by that.”
“It’s unusual,” he said. “I hope we can serve the community, and try to be fair and just with all parties concerned.”
Stratemann .stressed his independence and said he valued “everybody’s input.”
“Our community is moving. It’s progressive, yet it’s a conservative, controlled growth. There are certain
areas where people may be dissatisfied. But generally, New Braunfels is a cut above," Stratemann said.
Rogers said he was “happy, but at the same time, I’m concerned.”
“I’m wondering if this is a sign of apathy toward city government,” Rogers said of the lack of opposition. “The city and all other government bodies are very important, to everyone, and I hope this is not indicative of the community’s level of concern.”
New Braunfels Utilities announced Thursday that fluoridation of city water will begin Aug 2. See Page 16.