New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Video promoting New Braunfels due
Completion of a video tape promoting New Braunfels’ cultural, industrial, and tourist attractions is expected within the next month. Tape production, including filming and script writing, is underway.
Rusty Brandt told the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at the regular monthly meeting Monday that he had participated in aerial filming of the area over the weekend.
Brandt, of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Originart Video Productions of Austin will shoot more “ground” scenes.
‘‘And everything is expected in three or four weeks,” Brandt said. “The script is being written new and the final presentation (of the script) is due Wednesday.”
The video tape, which is seven or eight minutes long, will promote New Braunfels and its industry, tourism and culture, Brandt said.
The tape will be available to companies con
templating a move, Brandt said, adding that he may take copies of the tape to interested persons.
Brandt also told the Chamber that by June 24, the Chamber will have a toll-free number (1-800-445-2323) for persons in Texas to call and learn about local activities.
Money for the phone line — about $265 per month for IO hours of service — will come out of the Convention and Visitors Bureau fund. During the six weeks before and during Wurstfest, that number will be paid for by the Wurstfest Association.
In other business, Brandt said local businesses have until July 22 to commit to the Autumn Escape advertising promotion.
From Aug. ll through Dec. 31, a book with a list of accomodations will contain coupons for tourists to send in to receive business and lodging discounts.
— Chamber Assistant Manager Gene Neeley
reported that the Airman of the Quarter reception will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Honors Hall. Airman 1st Class Richard Fuentes will be honored at the reception.
Fuentes, a security policeman at Randolph Air Force Base, and his family will be given a miniweekend in New Braunfels.
— On July 24, the Partnership Committee will host a reception for German exchange students who will spend four weeks with the local students, who are now in Germany. The reception is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
— The Chamber’s new telephone equipment from Guadalupe Vally Communications will be installed by July 23. It will cost about $7,500 and will save about $350 per month once the system is paid for, said Chamber President John Doster.
— Doster also reported that David Lannon will again serve as chairman of the Texas Legislative Conference committee.
Police probe killing; find no wrongdoing
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Two patrolmen who shot and killed a 24-year-old man followed police procedures and are guilty of no wrongdoing, a police internal investigation shows.
Results of the investigation, launched after Michael Ray Haskins was killed July 6, were released Monday by City Manager Ixni Fox.
Officers Alan Hernandez and Natline Gonzalez have been on adnunistrative duty since Haskins was killed Fox said results of the police internal probe would be turned over to the district attorney’s office for use in a grand jury investigation.
The FBI. which is conducting its own investigation, will receive a copy, Fox said.
Fox has been instructed by Mayor Henry Cisneros to conduct a City Hall inquiry into the shooting death.
Haskins was shot after he led officers on a high-speed chase rn his battered car. then crashed through a fence and hit two parked cars The officers involved in the incident said they fired when they thought they saw Haskins reach for a gun
Fox, with Police Chief Charles Rodriguez at his side, said in a news conference the investigation left several questions unanswered.
But he said the probe showed Haskins was shot while he was inside his vehicle and while he was pulling a .38-caliber handgun from the waistband of his trousers.
“We have verified that the gun was sold to Mr. Haskins by a co-worker,” Fox said. “We have absolutely concrete evidence that it was Haskins'gun.”
The report also showed Haskins had a blood alcohol level of .24 when he was shot. The level is well above the legally intoxicated level of .10.
Fox said the investigation did not determine how Haskins' car sustained heavy' body damage. The rear end of the vehicle was badly damaged when officers began their pursuit.
Police have been involved in five separate shooting incidents since March 23, resulting in three deaths.
Assistant District Attorney Mike Sc hill said all five cases will go before the Bexar County grand jury.
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BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The coalition government of Prime Minister Wiifried Martens is resigning from office, Employment Minister Michel Hansenne said today.
The announcement came a day after six Cabinet ministers resigned to protest the government’s handling of the May 29 soccer riot that killed 38 people.
“The government is resigning,” Hansenne told reporters. “The prime minister will announce it shortly.”
Hansenne spoke after an emergency Cabinet meeting convened by Martens in a last-ditch effort to salvage his four-party coalition.
Belga, the Belgian national news agency, reported that Martens had gone to the Royal Palace to ask King Baudouin to dissolve the Parliament.
Under Belgian law, national elections would have to be held within 40 days after the king official dissolves Parliament. A regular election had been scheduled for Dec. 8.
The crisis was triggered on Monday by the announcement of Deputy Premier Jean Col that he was resigning to protest the failure of the Martens government to accept any blame for the riot at the European Cup final between British and Italian teams in Brussels.
Five other Cabinet members of Gol’s French-speaking Liberal Reformers party later said they would resign, too, in sympathy with Gol.
During a weekend parliamentary debate on the riot, the interior minister, Charles-Ferdinand Hothomb, a Christian Democrat, refused to accept responsibility for allegedly inadequate security measures at the soccer match and Martens backed him.
The riot broke out when British fans attacked Italian fans in the soccer stadium before the match began. Most of the casualties came when a wall collapsed.
Brothers arrested in 4-year-old's death
FORT WORTH (AP) - A girl believed to be 4-year-old Melody Ann Flores, who disappeared three days ago, died of asphyxiation, authorities said today.
Authorities were waiting on tests results that will determine if the body is that of Miss Flores and how she suffocated, said Bill Fabian, spokesman for the Tarrant County medical examiner.
Meanwhile, a 16-year-old boy and his 12-year-old brother remained in custody in connection with the girl’s
Prison guards indicted for abuse
HOUSTON i AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted two former Texas Department of Corrections’ prison officials and four guards for allegedly mistreating two prisoners following an escape, the Justice Department announced.
Those handed the four-count indictment Monday include Robert Minor Lawson II, former assistant warden of the Wynne Unit in Huntsville, and Donald L Shiver, former captain of the unit, the department said.
lawson, 36. and Shiver, 30. were fired March 1984 for unnecessary use of force stemming from the October 29. 1982 incident
The guards named in the indictment were Leonel Leal Jr.. 24. Morris Ray Bigham, 26; Nathan Bryant White, 37; and Henry E. Farris, 37, said Assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds, who heads the department’s civil rights division.
Farris. Bigham. and White were reprimanded for failing to report the use of force and submitting false statements, TDC spokesman Charles Brown said. No disciplinary action was taken against Leal, he said. All four guards are still employed by TDC.
All six defendants were charged with conspiring “to injure and intimidate” Scott E. Licklider and Mark A. Gnffith “in violation of their constitutional rights not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law, not to be subjected to summary punishment, and to be kept free from harm while in official custody,” the department said.
Ex-policeman guilty in Olympic bomb hoax
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former policeman faces four years in prison after pleading guilty to planting a bomb aboard an Olympic bus and later removing it to make it appear he was a hero.
Jimmy Pearson, 41, who resigned from the police force shortly after the incident — one of the few negative events during last summer’s Olympic Games — pleaded guilty Monday to possessing explosives. Sentencing will be Sept. 20.
Pearson was accompanying a bus carrying luggage of Turkish athletes to Los Angeles International Airport after the Games last Aug. 13. At the airport, he claimed to have discovered the pipe bomb, then removed it and disarmed it.
Pearson was at first hailed as hero, but after an extensive interrogation, he was accused of planting the bomb. The reason behind the hoax was Pearson apparently felt he was being overlooked by his superiors.
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death, but neither had been charged yet in the slaying, said police homicide detective Curt Brannan.
The brothers, who lived near Miss Flores’ family, were taken into custody Monday after police found the body in a plastic bag in the alley behind the boys’ house, police said.
Police spokesman Doug Clarke said the brothers gave signed statements in the case, which were witnessed by a municipal judge. The pair was being held in the Fort Worth juvenile detention facility.
Clarke said the body of a young girl was found just a couple of houses away from Miss Flores’ home in east Fort Worth
Although positive identification has not been made, the girl’s father said he fears the worst.
“I’m praying she s with Jesus now, that she’s there, that her spirit is living,” said Sam Flores.
Flores said his wife, Jo Ann. did not want to “accept that it was our little girl. I’ve been going through hell,” he said.
Flores’ daughter was reported missing Saturday afternoon. He and his wife each thought the girl was with the other, according to police. She was last seen at a neighbor’s house where she had gone to return a toy.
Clarke said police had searched her neighborhood earlier and found nothing. But when they returned' later, they found the plastic bag containing the body.
Clarke and Brannan declined to give details of the boys’ statements.
The indictment said that l^awson, Shiver and some 25 guards assembled at the back gate of the Wynne Unit on Oct. 29. 1982, to receive the inmates when they were returned by deputy sheriffs after their escape the night before.
According to the indictment, lawson, Shiver and others stripped the inmates of their clothing and prodded them to go naked and handcuffed to the < prison) major s office, where they were repeatedly beaten and Griffith was burned with a cigarette by Leal.
Later, the indictment said, Lawson and Shiver filed reports “falsely stating that Griffith had accidentally fallen and hit his head.”
All of the defendants other than Leal were charged in two other counts with violating the civil rights of Licklider and Griffith, the department said.
Leal was charged in a separate count with violating the civil rights of Griffith in the cigarette burning incident.
lf convicted on the charge of conspiracy to violate prisoners’ constitutional rights, each of the defendants could face a maximum penalty of IO years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Conviction on a charge of actual deprivation of rights cames a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $1,000 fine.
Licklider, who has since been transferred from the Wynne Unit, and Griffith, now on parole, posed as TDC guards after dyeing their clothes gray and walked away from the unit only to be apprehended a few hours later.
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nights throughout the period Widely scattered thunderstorms southwest Panhandle and south plains highs lower 90s Lows mid to upper 60s Permian Basin and Concho Valley, highs mid 90s lows upper 60s to lower 70s Par west highs lower to mid 90s Lows upper 60s to lower 70s Big Bend highs near 90 mountains to around IOO valleys Lows neat 60 mountains to around 70 along Bio Grande
High and low temperatures and
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A weak cool front extended over Northern Texas early this morning all the way from the Red River into the Panhandle and South Plains A few widely scattered showers were associated with the front, stretching from near Wichita Falls to north of Lubbock
Elsewhere high pressure over the norther! Gulf continued to dominate the weather pattern bringing fair to partly cloudy skies Overnight temperatures were in the low to middle 70s statewide except tor the Davis Mountains, where readings were rn the upper 50s
Behind the cool front a light northeast wind breezed from Oklahoma into northern portions of Texas particularly in the
Panhandle Winds were genially south to southeast about IO mph elsewhere except along the lower Texas coast where light and variable winds were reported
North Texas Widely scattered thun derstorms southeast Thursday otherwise no significant i amt all expected Continued hot with daytime highs in the lower 90s to neai 102 Overnight lows in tile 70s
South Texas Partly cloudy quite warm and humid Widely scattered daytime thun dei showers mainly southeast Lows in the 70s except neat BO along the coast Highs in the 90s except uppei 60s along the uppei
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DERYL CLARK/HERALD ZEITUNGChamber President John Doster (left) congratulates David Lamon, who will again chair the Texas Legislative Conference.