New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Drownings at lake, Comal River claim toddler, S.A. teenagerIv ch a GJH' ie ,0/ U5^3-*
By DEBBIE DeLOACH and SANDRA JACKSON Staff writers
A three-year-old boy drowned in the Comal River and a San Antonio teenager drowned in Canyon lake within a 30-minute period Sunday afternoon.
Toddler Randy Rucker, the son of a Houston police officer, was found lodged in a hole under a small dam near Camp Warnecke where his family was vacationing Freddie Thornton, 18, drowned while wading along the shoreline of Comal Park at Canyon lake.
The lifejacket worn by the child caused
him to be trapped,” New Braunfels Police Ct. Felix Roque said. “The hole where he was discovered wasn’t big enough for both the boy and the jacket to go through.” Roque said the hole was like a “washout,” where soil under the small dam's concrete base had been washed away. “That created a suction effect," he added.
At the lake, Thornton was apparently trying to make it from the mainland to an island off the park, when he slipped off an underwater ledge into deep water.
“The old Guadalupe River channel makes a loop by the ledges at Comal Park and the water is very deep,” said Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley. He
explained that the ledge drops off to a depth to 40 feet, and farther out, the lake gets IOO feet deeper yet.
"There are signs posted along this shoreline warning of the dangerous dropoff," Parsley added.
Thornton disappeared at 2:55 p.m. Sunday, and a search was begun by friends and divers who were already in the area “This is a very popular spot for diving." because of the deep water. Parsley said Sheriff’s Deputy Ed Mullins, and Park Rangers Judy Scott and l^ee Hunt participated in the search for Thornton's
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A ttemp ted murder
Man charged in River Bend shooting
A New Braunfels man, charged with attempted murder Fnday night, remained in custody at the Guadalupe County Jail, as of presstime Tuesday.
David Brown of 1479 W. Bridge is accused of shooting Suzanne Nuhn once in the leg at a residence “in the River Bend area,” Guadalupe County Sheriff's Investigator Floyd Schlichting said Tuesday. “The woman said the shooting occurred after an argument over baby-sitting money that the Nuhns' owed Brown’s mother.”
Brown was arrested Saturday morning in New Braunfels, where his bond was set at
$50,000 Schlichting took Brown to the Guadalupe County Jail, where his bond was reduced to $10,000 Monday morning by Peace Justice Precinct I Charles Davis
The shooting occurred around 7 40 p.rn Friday, Schlichting said Nuhn was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, but later released, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Schlichting and Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Deputy Walter Bargfrede were put in charge of the shooting investigation “Our Grand Jury just met July ll,” Schlichting said, “so this case probably won’t go up until August "
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don't get raves from lawmakers
WASHINGTON (APi President Reagan’s announcement of a Central American commission headed by Henry Kissinger will not still the clamor in Congress over administration policies in the troubled region, critics say.
The development “might defuse some of the criticism” but will not derail congressional efforts to end undercover operations in Nicaragua, House Majority leader Jim Wright, D-Texas, told reporters Monday “I would hope the president was not so misguided as to believe this would be an asset, because I don’t think it is," said Rep. Clarence lang. D-Md., chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on foreign operations The House planned to close its galleries to the press and public for four hours today for a briefing and debate on a bill that would halt undercover operations in support of Nicaraguan rebels by the end of the year.
The bill would substitute $80 million in open assistance to friendly Central American governments to halt gun-running to communist-backed rebels in El Salvador.
A vole is scheduled for next week, after another 12 hours of debate in open session.
Meanwhile, Pentagon sources say the administration is planning another exercise in Honduras early next month to show U S military commitment to Central America
The sources, who declined to be identified, said some 4,000 to 5,000 U.S personnel and the aircraft carrer Ranger will take part in the exercises, which will be about twice as large as last year’s “Big Pine” operation in Honduras The exercises will include work on rough-terrain airfields designed to accommodate C-130 transport planes, which the Hondurans use to move troops around the country The exercises, official described as routine, were actually intended as a warning to Nicaragua and Cuba that the United States has the means to stop Ute shipment of military supplies, The New York Times today quoted administration sources as saying.
The administration says its covert assistance to the rebels in Nicaragua is needed to keep that country's leftist government from funneling Soviet and Cuban arms to the Salvadoran rebels.
Critics in Congress maintain the covert operation violates a law passed last December against the use of U.S. intelligence funds to overthrow Central American governments As the House prepared for lls first dosed session in three years, both critics and supporters of administration policy on Central America were rallying on Capitol Hill.
Four West Coast Democrats just back from a trip to Nicaragua
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It says customer parking,’ but it doesn t say anything about cars, so apparently someone decided to park hts dog on the
sidewalk in front of the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot on South Seguin Perhaps his owner was inside paying his bill
Delay in military ruling sought until civilian cases resolved
William Dale Savage didn t wait for the United Slates Army to decide whether to convene a board of review over his involuntary manslaughter conviction. He requested it.
In his request, however. Savage asked that military proceedings be delayed until all civilian court cases have been concluded That could take a while.
The request was made to Savage's commander, Brig. Gen Robert Baker, at Fort Sam Houston’s Academy (rf Health Sciences Jim Markiewicz, a spokesperson for the Health Services Command. said Tuesday it could take a week or more before Buker makes a decision on the request
"If Gen Buker agrees, the whole thing will be a pending process, depending on when all civilian matters are cleared,” Markiewicz said “If the
decision is made for the board of inquiry to convene before civilian proceedings are over, it's believed the board will meet sometime between mid- to the end of August.”
Savage was convicted, fined $5,000 and placed on IO years probation on April 14 for the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr Sauceda's pregnant wife and two small children were also killed last October, as they walked along U S. Highway 81 West The Fort Sam Houston private is scheduled to appear in 207th District Court on Sept I. for rulings on all pretrial motions, involving the deaths of Sauceda's wife and the two children Retired State District Judge Carl Anderson will preside over the hearing Luis Vallejo, an assistant attorney for the Attorney General's Office, will prosecute the state's case* against Savage
Markiewicz said Tuesday that even though Savage has received one conviction so far. “he still could be discharged honorably by the board of review ” Other alternatives include a general discharge under honorable conditions and a dishonorable discharge
The academy spokesperson said that the general discharge is frequently used when a soldier has not completed his stint in the military Savage is in his second year of a three-year assignment, and currently serves as a ph> Meal activities specialist at Fort Sam s 3rd Battalion If Savage is granted either an honorable or general discharge, he will retain full military benefits Bul a dishonorable discharge, classified
Set- SA\ AGE. Page 12Superintendents may take heat from panel — Bynum
AUSTIN (APi It’s “get the culprit" year, says State Education Commissioner Raymon Bynum, and Texas school superintendents are going lo find fingers of blame pointing in their direction “lf you haven’t got a tough hide, and if you don’t understand that we are going to have an open discussion, and they're going to criticize us .. then you are in the wrong business." Bynum told school administrators at a Monday meeting A special committee, headed by Dallas businessman H Ross Perot, last week began a comprehensive review of Texas education The panel’s recommendations are expected to be the basts of a program Gov Mark White will try to sell to a special session of the legislature.
"This is going to be the year of get the culprit, whoever it is ’ The easiest person to blame is the superintendent," Bynum warned The commissioner said Texas' education problems include teachers of questionable quality He said there is no shortage of teachers, but education is "no longer attracting lite brightest boys and girls, particularly girls.”
“The people who are coming into teaching do not have the high scores," according to Bynum The former math teacher said Texas rfeeds better math and scienc e instructors “I am totally convinced the biggest problem we have in mathematics is not the (ugh school teacher, not the middle school teacher It’s the fact the elementary teacher doesn't really understand math and doesn't want to teach it,” he said, adding that elementary teachers “spend twice as much time on arts and crafts as they do on math.”
Prior to Bynuin's comments, U S. Department of Education official Jim Horn told the superintendents, “I look at Texas and hold it up as an example of what education should be ."
Bynum said that comment left him “kind (rf concerned.”InsideToday's Weather
It will be partly cloudy today and Wednesday, but turning mostly cloudy tonight Winds will be from tile southeast at 10-15 mph today and Wednesday, decreasing to near IO mph tonight Probability (rf thundershowers is 40 percent today, 20 percent tonight and 30 percent on Wednesday. Sunset will be at 8:31 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:43 a mAn Anniversary
The Sandimsta government today marks its fourth year of rule in Nicaragua The government took over the country July 19,1979, as the result of the revolution in that country Ss* Page 3Caught in The Air
An airliner en route to Miami was hijacked early this morning by a thin Cuban man who told passengers he had a “blockbuster bomb.” The plane landed safely. Thu was the second hijacking rn the last 48 hours Sea Page 3CLASSIFIED................ rn
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Chopping the budget
Brucks' reductions makes appraisal board happy
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks trimmed $30,750 from his first payroll estimate, $5,000 from the postage fund and came up with a 1984 budget $30,000 smaller than tritone he’s operating by this year Directors of the Comal County Appraisal District will take a final vote on the budget at their Aug 15 meeting, after all the district’s taxing entities have had a chance to review the figures The bottom line at this point is $442,150 Directors, who met Monday night, seemed much happier with this than they were with Brucks’ preliminary estimate of $476,900, presented in April The present year’s budget, scheduled to run out on Dec. 31, is $472,435 As indicated above, most of the dif
ference between the first and second budget proposals is rn salaries Brocks scrapped the idea (rf a 10-percent raise for all employees after the board registered its disapproval Instead, he settled for a merit-rai.se contingency fund amounting to five percent of the total pay roll Health insurance, workman’s compensation and social security payments are expected to go up some Total salaries and benefits come to $277,150. just $14,150 more than was budgeted for this year Brocks’ first budget proposal called for an annual payroll of $307,900 This included one additional employee, which was also nixed by the board The chief appraiser budgeted $15,000 for postage in 1983. but cut that for 1984 because, * We only used about $10,000 this y ear," he said He hopes to save money in the future by using the 17-eent presorted
rate, and perhaps doubling up on items that must be mailed There are two numbers rn the 1984 budget that Brucks and the board can’t do much about Industrial appraisals, contracted to Thomas Y Pic kett & Co. for 1983 and 1984, will cost $29,500 in 1964 $2,500 more than in 1983 Data processing, also handled by Pickett, will go up $5,000 I fiat contract price of $57,000 is the biggest single figure in the budget For the first year since its inception, however, the appraisal district won’t be making a $50,000 payment for mapping service — a fact which more than offsets the inc reases When the board set up operation in 1980 it contracted with Tobm Kesearch Inc to provide aerial maps of all ternton
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SVHS wins state music award
Smithson Valley High School’s Music Department was a little late getting the news, but it has been notified that it has taken the Sweepstakes award for University Interscholastic League (UIL.) competition in solo and ensemble work
The award means that the school was the highest ranking in Texas in Class AAA this year. “We are very surprised and happy,” said Bill Kretzmeier, choir director “We never seriously considered
our school in the running for this award "
Both band and choir members competed on the state level in late May 4 These kids were qualified with first division ratings in Class I competition on the regional level,” Kretzmeier said Smithson Valley students took 12 first division medals and IO second division medals at the state contest
Points are awarded for each medal earned and accummulated for each school, with the Sweepstakes award going
to the school in the slate with the highest number of points SHVS band director is larry Sparks “larry and I were at TLT (Texas Lutheran College) leaching band camp last week, when his wife, Ann. went up to Smithson Valley and found this letter in the mailbox,” Kretzmeier said He had no idea how long it had been there “I think this reflects on the quality of our program," the choir direc tor said This is the first time this award has ever been won by Smithson Valley Highschool.