New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 92 - No. 146
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SUNDAY July 24,1983 SO cents
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Massive drug raid sets county record
By OEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A state narcotics officer called it a “typical small town operation.’* District Attorney Bill Schroeder called it the biggest drug raid in Comal County history.
New Braunfels Police LL Felix Roque said it was the city’s “biggest joint raid," and an unnamed source was quoted, saying, “It’s going to be hard as hell to even buy aspirin on the street after this thing.”
It was the same idea said in different ways. But the Comal County Grand Jury said it all in a special session Friday, indicting over 30 people on 47 counts of drug delivery
and selling controlled substances like marijuana, methamphetamines and LSD. Aa of presstime Saturday, there were only four arrest warrants which had not been executed.
The indictments followed a 44-month investigation by undercover Department of Public Safety officers, with local county and city officers providing backup and assistance when needed.
“DPS made the buys. All quantities were purchased from small LSD tablets to half-pounds of marijuana,” Roque said. “We got dopers on the street who were selling, ami those are big names to me. This doesn’t compare in quantity to 1,500 pounds of marijuana, but it does in people.”
“We made good on some people the NBPD has targeted for some time,” DPS Narcotics Sgt. Adolph Thomas said. “These violators aren’t as sophisticated as you'll find in Dallas. They're typical small town. But this will have a big short-term impact. The long-term impact will frankly depend on prosecution and confinement.”
Opportunity, more than anything else, contributed to the cooperative effort between state and local officers. “It was primarily opportunity that initiated this whole thing," Roque said. “Everything fell into place. It's hard to say whether this was a ring or
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DPS Sgt. Adolph Thomas, Sheriff Walter Fellers (center) and Police Chief Burney Boeck prepare for Friday's arrests
iran claims major victory
Massive assault, capture of garrison reported by Tehran
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Iranian forces drove ll miles into northern Iraq Saturday, capturing the major Haj Omran garrison and 30 other posts and killing or wounding 3,600 Iraqi soldiers, the Tehran command said The offensive extended the battlefront to the Kurdish mountains bordering Turkey.
Tehran radio said Iranian forces were advancing from captured mountain peaks “to liberate Iraq from the claws" of President Saddam Husaein.
An Iraqi armed forces communique issued in Baghdad said fighting was fierce," and claimed Iranian losses amounted to well over 600 killed and a large number of wounded.”
In support of the ground forces, Iraqi planes and helicopters were "scoring direct and effective hits and inflicting massive losses on enemy personnel and vehicles,” said the communique broadcast by Baghdad radio.
It said an Iranian fighter plane was shot down, and many Iranian soldiers and civilians were defecting Western reporters were barred from the front, and there was no independent confirmation of the conflicting claims.
Iraq invaded Iran 35 months ago in an attempt to capture the Iranian east coast of the Shatt a1-Arab estuary and succeeded in capturing a hugh swath of border territory but the tide of battle
began turning earlier this year with a series of Iranian counter-offensives and thrusts across the Iraqi border.
The Haj Omran garrison, 34 miles inside Iraq and the most important objective" of the new offensive, fell to the advancing Iranian forces after a day-long battle, said an Iranian military' communique earned by Iran s Islamic Republic News Agency.
However, the overall Iranian objective appeared to be to nd the region of Iraqi-supported Kurdish rebels who have been battling the Tehran government for autonomy Another
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Elderly man killed in wreck
A two-car accident Saturday afternoon left one man dead, six people injured, and a Converse woman charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Cruz Sanchez, 81, of 15910 Nacogdoches, San Antonio, was killed at about 2 45 p m at the intersection of Bat Cave and Garden Ridge roads He was pronounced dead at the scene by Peace Justice, Precinct 2, R.G "Doc" Blanchard
Bond for Twila Reynolds. 24, of Converse, was set by Peace Justice, Precinct I, Harold Krueger at 67,500 The charge was involuntary manslaughter even though Department of Public Safety trooper Jon Lindley said Reynolds "had not been drinking."
“There was the running of a stop sign involved, so we chose to go with the third degree felony.” Krueger said “The Grand Jury will decide whether to lessen the charge to criminally negligent homicide, a Class A misdemeanor ”
The DPS report stated Reynolds 1961 Ford was southbound on Garden Ridge, but upon reaching the stop sign. pulled out in front of Sanchez 19(2 pickup eastbound on Bat Cave. The two vehicles struck left front to right front, ejecting Sanchez from his truck and crushing him
Three passengers in the Reynolds' vehicle were treated for minor injuries and abrasions by Schertz Emergency Medical Service personnel at the accident scene. They were Ann Krszjzamek. 30, of San Antonio Misty Reynolds. 2, of Converse. and Julie Krszjzamek, 7, of San Antonio.
- DEBBIE DeLOACH
Fingerprints trip unknown convict with 3 names
HOUSTON (AP) - A Texas prison inmate ii a convict known but to God, and to himself.
The man, serving a 10-year sentence, la carried on the books under three different names. He la either 30, 22 or 23 and he was bom in either Brownsville, Texas, or in Webb County, Texas, or in Mexico. And his name could be Willie Flores Medina, Martin Reyes Garcia or David Sanchez
He’s been sentenced under all three names, but aa attorney Joe Castillo notes, "His real name may be something else altogether.”
According to official records, Garcia, a Webb County native born in 1962, was arretted in 1961 in Houston and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. He was sentenced to five years in prison and released 17 months later.
In December 1962, David Sanches, bom In 1963, was arrested in Houston on a burglary charge. He told Castillo, his court-appointed attorney, that he grew up in Brownsville, attended schools there through the ninth grade, but couldn’t apeak or understand English.
Castillo, who did grow up in Brownsville, argued before State District Judge Ted Poe for a probated sentence for Sanchez.
Poe granted the probation, but ordered Sanchez to attend night school to learn English. Sanches agreed and was released.
The next day, said Castillo, Sanchez waa picked up by immigration authorities and deported to Mexico as an illegal alien.
Last March, Willie Flores Medina, bom In 1660, was arretted while driving a stolen pickup truck. He claimed it was borrowed but police jailed him. His fingerprints, checked against files, matched those of Garcia and Sanchez.
“We found out he had many names,” said David Mitcham, an assistant district attorney. “We don’t know what Ms real name Is.”
Castilla, appointed to represent Garcia-Sanches-Medina, said he met with a parole officer and probation officer and began comparing notes.
“It was Uke wa were dealing with IO different people. I don’t know what tho truth Is,” tho lawyer said. “Hs fooled me, he fooled the DA, ho fooled the Judge,he fooled everybody.”
Castillo said that when he talked with Ma client about Brownsville, “it was just Uke talking to ssnaone from my hometown. He really had ma cenvinced.”
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Still waiting for Justice
City districts plan juggled in Washington
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The New Braunfels election file has been shifted to another desk at the U.S. Department of Justice Qty Attorney John Chunn now says he doesn t expect a judgment until “the last possible day.”
That should be Aug. 7, six days before the city * first scheduled election under the new district system.
The new case analyst, Elds Gordon, telephoned Chunn from Washington Friday afternoon "to re-f ami Ila rue herself with the file. or maybe familiarize herself for the first time,” said the city attorney. “Apparently, the lady that was working on it had a death in the family (Gordon) said she was gone, and she couldn’t even ask her any questions “I told her we wouldn’t have the election without pre-clearance, but that we were going ahead and preparing for the election,” added Chunn.
Abeentee voting opens Monday at City Hall, and will continue through Aug. 9. Hours are from 6 a m to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday Two candidates are running for each of the two open seats. If the justice department approves the charter amendment voted in by New Braunfels citizens last April, representatives will be elected this year from Districts I and I.
Opposing Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer in District 2 is Betty Leu Rushing of 166 Guada Coma Drive Schaefer, of 1433 Gardenia, is seeking Ma third term on the council District I candidates are Norman Kraft and Jose
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Park issues face City Council members Monday
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Parks and recreation are Mg on Monday’s Qty rtmiHl agenda.
dty council members meet at 7:36 p.m. in City Hall, they’ll he looking at plans for • proposed parking tot next to Lands Recreation Conter, to bo financed (if It's approved) by the Wurstfeet Association Qty ifa—|«p RJN. Doteatenutt said Wannest had ottered soma peart ago to pay fir uadflc improvement* to dty park propsrttsa, Paved parking on tho Meritor pot to front d tho recreation center would provide food acce— to tho Wurotfoat
grounds, and alae to tho center itself. Tho association hold its Goobnlfost in that hniwyii| tost ftp ti. and bepat to do so again this year.
Tho plana, completed tost week, call for a low wall around Bio lot awd a bus-loading area, said DotofltonutL
Council will else receive a status report on tho Hinmaa Island Park impressment protect (for which Wurst! rut also dons ted funds) and a donation to tho city’s newly-crested recreation program.
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presented to tho council on Monday Recreational traffic congestion bi the 166, 666 and TM blocks of this narrow street woo tho subject of muck hooted dtoreatonn et the July ll council mooting Another controversial topic, that of regulating wreckers within tbs city limits,
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dicated to the council two weeks ago that they'd go along with such a permit system, but were opposed to the idea of the city’s contracting with one company to do all its wrecker bual nee* That idea was presented on July ll, and died in council Texas Municipal League is opposing Southwestern Bell's mammoth rate Mke request, and council members will vole on whether to contribute funds to the fight They will alae review Md* for roof repairs at the Central Fire Station