New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff Writer
The branch of the U S Department of Justice that came down during the Savage case visited with community leaders Wednesday Hector Flores with the Community Relations Services branch of the Justice Department in Dallas met with Police Chief Burney Boeck, called on Mayor Barbara Tieken and met with a group of prominent Mexican Americans in separate meetings “Their position is they want to be a source for communities to use because of their past expertise in these situations," Boeck said Flores had told him that his department keeps tabs on communities tliat they have been to before
‘ He told me he knew about it < the creation of a police-community relations committee! from the media,” the police chief said ‘ We have worked with their department before during the Savage case They worked with us and the Committee for Justice.”
The city council appointed nine
members to the police -minority relations committee Monday, an idea City Councilman Valdemar Espinoza had proposed. The committee will study the relationship between police and the minority community and will have their first meeting next week William Dale Savage was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after his car struck Ruben Sauceda Sr and his family on Get 31. 1982 as they walked along U S Highway 81 West.
After Sauceda Sr. case was tried, the others were dropped. People in the Mexican American community organized in 1983 to have all the cases tried Savage received concurrent probation on all counts — which was acceptable to the victims’ survivors.
By no stretch does his office have investigatory functions.” Boeck said Espinoza, New Braunfels 1SD Trustee Aguinaldo “Nayo” Zamora, and their wives and * Kookie” Barbuza sat down with Flores for a couple of hours.
Espinoza said in his group's meeting with Flores, the Justice Department representative offered to help create better communications
between the police and the community.
“He did advise us to get all complaints in writing,” Espinoza said.
“Let's wait and see what this committee comes up w ith," Espinoza said. “I'm hoping this committee will offer some solutions on a more ongoing basis, some process put in place where complaints could be handled as they arise Something like that needs to be suggested I have a great deal of confidence in the people on this committee. I think they will give a fair and objective assessment.”
Tieken said her meeting lasted about five minutes and was only a pleasant chat.
“This is our own home-grown committee, and we have not requested any assistance and he did not offer any to me," the mayor said
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But small towns, renters will get break
Homeowners insurance to go up
CAD is hearing many requests for property adjustments
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff Writer
Property value protests by more than 1,000 people have led to long hours for the Appraisal Review Board and the adjustment of 1,000-plua accounts.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Brocks said today the six-member review board probably will continue daily hearings through the end af the month.
“We’ve had quite a few responses this year,” Brucks said, explaining that there have been at least 160 appearances before the board. The deadline to file a protest and a request a hearing before the board was July IO.
In June, the Comal County Cental Appraisal District sent out reappraisal notices to about <8,000 property owners in the District, which includes Comal County, Schertz, and parts of Bexar, Kendall, and Guadalupe counties.
Tbs reappraisal was done in part to bring all proparty up to IOO percent of market valua and also to
enter all property information into the district’s new computer.
After the District’s property values are determined, the central office will be able to re-appraise property with more accuracy and less time.
The last re-appraisal, which was not as comprehensive as this one, was in 1982, Brucks said. At that time, there were between 70 and 60 review board hearings.
“But we really got dose to market this time and it’s really easy to go over,” Brucks said. "We probably won’t have to ever raise property this much again.
“We're going to try to look at them yearly,” he said. “It (valua) may or may not change and it shouldn’t change this severely.”
Brucks explained that the value on property which hadn’t been appraised for several years may have risen aa much aa SO percent on the last appraisal.
“And those people had to come in
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AUSTIN (AP) - Property insurance for big-city homeowners will cost more next year, particularly along the Gulf Coast, but smaller cities inland will get a price break, according to the State Board of Insurance.
The board also approved Wednesday substantial cuts for renters of apartment and condominiums throughout the state.
The board approved 3-0 its staff recommendations for a statewide 6 7 percent increase of 856 million for homeowners and a statewide 25 percent cut of $23 million for renters.
The changes are effective Nov. 15.
The industry had asked a statewide average increase of 15.8 percent for those owning or buying a home
Board Chairman Lyndon Olson
also served notice the board would make another decision soon on his motion to cancel on Nov. 15 all discounts now offered on property insurance.
“Hopefully this would break the cycle of fierce price-cutting, often undisciplined, that exists in Texas,” Olson said.
lf Olson's motion is approved, any insurance firm that wants to deviate from standard prices set by the board would have to get permission from the state insurance department.
The board also approved, 2-1, extending the cancellation notice time that a firm must give a policyholder from IO to 14 days. Olson said he had firsthand knowledge of the problem because the insurance
on his condonumum was cancelled recently without adequate advance
Member Carol Rylander wanted the mid-term cancellation notice time lengthened to 30 days.
Under the board action, rates for owners of a $100,000 brick veneer home in Houston would increase 20.5 percent from $449 to $541 and in Corpus Christi 19.6 percent from $514 to $615.
However, in Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, San Angelo and Wichita Falls the homeowners rate was decreased 6.3 percent from $715 to $670.
Homeowner rate changes for other major cities included:
Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco rates up l l percent, from $454
to $459, El Paso and San Antonio up 1.2 percent, from $426 to $431.
Premiums on $20,000 worth of furnishing in a brick veneer apartment or condomium in Austin went down 25.2 percent from $258 to $193. The same 25.2 decrease was posted for renters in Corpus Christi, from $310 to $232, and Dallas, from $258 from $193. The renters rate dropped 25.1 percent in Lubbock, from $279 to $209, and 24.9 percent in Houston, from $309 to $232
The board sets its homeowners property insurance rates by region — coastal, central and north-northwest.
Ms. Rylander pointed out the seacoast rates still included a “carryover” of the damage done by Hurricane Alicia.
TDC prisoner escapes
ROCKPORT, Texas < AP) - One of two prisoners being transported to the state prison escaped early today after taking a gun from Sheriff Robert Hughes, a spokesman for the Aransas County sheriff’s department confirmed.
A woman dispatcher said she could give no other information.
However, David Wells, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, identified the escaped prisoner as Philip Shultz, 23.
Wells said Hughes was driving Shultz and another prisoner from
Rockport to the state prison last night, and were near Madisonville — about 30 miles from Texas Department of Corrections headquarters at Huntsville — when Shultz managed to get the sheriff’s gun.
Shultz ordered the sheriff to drive to League City, between Houston and Galveston, and let Hughes and the other prisoner out of the car, apparently unbanned, at the Intersection of Interstate 45 and Farm .Road 646, Wells said.
Shultz drove away in the sheriff’s vehicle, believed to be unmarked, Wells said.
Partly cloudy skies, hot afternoons, and fair nights will continue through tomorrow, with winds from the south at IO mph. Afternoon highs will reach 95, with nighttime lows dropping to 75. Yesterday’s high was 95 and this morning's low was 75.
Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett has until 7:30 p.m. today to report to the Cowboys’ training camp. If he doesn’t show up, a $1,000-a-day fine will be added to his already huge debts. Thursday Spacial. Raga BA.
CAD hears property
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FBI sees drop in racial violence
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New Braunfels ThursdayHerald-Ztituno - ~New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 146 jfcP 30 Pages-2 Sections
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Testimony continues today in the trial of Sidney Franklin Smith, a New Braunfels man charged with the sexual assault of a three-year-old girl last year.
From the witness stand Wednesday afternoon, the child’s mother testified her statement to police con-■ finning the assault allegation was a lie.
“I was scared." the mother said, “because they were going to take < the girl’s name) away from me."
“But you signed it," District Attorney Bill Schroeder said. “Why didn't you read it? Can you read?"
“Not very good," the 34-year-old woman replied. “I probably did i read it). I don’t know for sure.”
“But if you were scared she d be taken away, why did you tell the detective there had been sexual abuse?,” Schroeder asked.
“I got scared. I guess. I didn’t know what I was saying,” the mother concluded
The girl is now four years old. and is living in a licensed foster home in San Antonio.
The jury also viewed a videotape Wednesday of the girl and Department of Human Resources caseworker Joan
Tiemann filmed on Dec. 12,1984. The girl ran around the room more than anything else during the recording. But she did sit still long enough to undress the male and female dolls (which are both anatomically-correct), place them in a toy bed, and cover them up with a small blanket.
Tiemann asked her on the tape, “Who is that?,” pointing to the female doll. The little girl said. “Mommy,” paused, then said her own name.
Defense attorney Mark Clark asked Tiemann if the girl ever tried to climb into the toy bed herself, or if she ever called the male sex organ by some kind of name. Her answer was "no” to both questions
On the tape, when Tiemann asked the girl if anyone had ever kissed her, she got no response. When Tiemann asked if anybody had ever hurt her, the child first said no, then changed her mind and pointed to a faint bruise on her left cheek.
Clark quizzed Tiemann why she didn’t try at all to pursue the origin of the bruise, and why she had waited five days from the videotaping session to take the child to a doctor for examination.
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Justice Department offers advice for community panei
Mother testifies iin abuse case