New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. Texas
July 26,1985 25 Cents
24 Pages —2 Sections
Houston man loses his life in motorcycle accident Thursday
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Houston motorcyclist killed in collision with 18-wheeler
Deliberations begin in trial
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Jury deliberations began at 10:45 a.m. today to decide the guilt or innocence of Sidney Franklin Smith, charged with two counts of sexually assaulting a child.
Both incidents allegedly occurred on Dec. IO, 1984, and involved a 3-year-old girl. Smith was arrested nine days after he made a taped confession to police.
But Smith took the witness stand Thursday and denied any sexual contact with the child.
Defense attorney Mark Clark asked. “Did you ever touch her down in her panties?"
Smith said no.
‘Who thought that idea up?"
“(Detective) Ray Douglas did,” Smith replied.
‘But why did you agree (with him I?," Clark continued.
"I don’t know,” Smith said.
Smith testified he was told by Douglas that he was a suspect when the recording was made on Dec. 12. “I felt like I’d be under arrest (if I stopped answering his questions)," Smith said in court Thursday.
On cross-examination, District Attorney Bill Schroeder wondered why Smith asked Douglas about prison and probation, if he didn’t have anything to feel guilty about. “Why did that even cross your mind V’ Schroeder asked.
“I was nervous. I guess I was scared," Smith said.
“But if you haven’t committed a crime, nobody can do anything to you. You know that, don’t you, Mr. Smith?," Schroeder continued. “Why didn't you ask (the child’s mother) to go to police and change her story?"
"I think I told her (to), but she wouldn’t do it,” Smith said.
The taped confession was admitted
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By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writ ar
A motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday after being involved in a collision with an It-wheel truck on Hunter Road Robert Marshall Walters, SS. of Houston, was pronounced dead at 5
p.m. by Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger. Walters was not wearing a helmet Department of Public Safety Trooper Scott Haag said the truck driver, Roy Gene Moore (rf Cedar Hill, was turning left into the TXI plant entrance when the collision
occurred about five miles north of New Braunfels.
“He turned in front of the motorcycle, which was going south on Hunter Road. The motorcycle slid over on its side, but the driver hit the back tandem axles of the truck,” Haag said.
Haag indicated Walter's death was the fourth traffic fatality in Comal County this year. "I don’t think the city has had one yet," he added.
Haag said he was assisted Thursday by fellow troopers. Tim Jackson and Gary Wong.
NBU approves rate increase
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A 9.4 percent interim power cost adjustment to the electric base rate will be passed on to customers of the New Braunfels Utilities. But many of them probably won’t even notice.
The adjustment, unanimously approved by Utilities trustees Thursday, was needed to recover increased costs from NBU’s power supplier, the Lower Colorado River Authority. It will show up on in-
Comal courthouse annex to cost $4 million
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The Courthouse Annex will be built at a price of 14 045 million
Spaw-Glass Construction of San Antonio was awarded the bid by Comal County Commissioners Thursday
During the session, commissi oners also approved alternate bids for the copper roof, parking attendant's booth and gates and the second district courtroom's finishing, bringing the bid price to more than $4 1 million.
Architect Christopher DiStefano recommended Spaw-Glass which was the low bidder.
"This company has a reputation for getting the work done on time," DiStefano said. "They have the capacity to move in by Aug. 12 and get the construction underway."
Spaw-Glass put 426 calendar days to complete the work in their bid. Three other companies gave a shorter construction period — 420 days by Baxter Construction, R D. lawman General Contractor and Contemporary Enterprises — but their bids ranged from $220,000 up to $543,000 more than Spaw -Glass
"The usual $100-per-day late penalty is in the contract," DiStcphano said. "If we start putting too heavy a penalty on the contractor, that will be reflected in the bids."
DiStefano assured the commissioners that he will make monthly reports on the progress and stay in contact with Mary Brotze, ad-numstrative assistant to the court Site was assigned as liaison between the commissioners and the architect.
Spaw-Glass has built three buildings for DiStefano's finn. A jail in Fort Bend County was completed early, the architect said.
Commissioner Bill George asked if the idea of a basement in the plans had been dropped “We wanted to get a general contractor first so that he can begin to get on the demolition work right away," DiStefano said. "In the next two weeks you need to make that decision."
The plans had already been drawn, but money restrictions prevented the basement from being put in the specifications. The addition of the basement had been estimated at $700,000 which could have brought the total to more than the bond money.
County Judge Fred Clark said he was against adding a $700,000 change order because it could have changed the outcome of the bidding process.
In other business dealing with the annex, commissioners approved a general form of a lease contract for space in the annex.
Arnold Moos, representing the Central Appraisal District board, had worked out a rough draft for an agreement.
Commissioners win review the agreement next week after it is completed. It will then go to the appraisal district board for approval.
Commissioners said Moos tentatively agreed to 4.300 square feet of space on the second floor of the annex in a five-year lease with renewal option for five years. The space would be finished to appraisal board plans and the cost of any walls or partitions divided over the life of the lease.
Moos said two alternatives for utilities are being considered— one would include a set amount for utilities within the price and the other would pass on a proportionate
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Anti-PAC group is targeting in on Loeffler
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - U.S. Rep Tom Loeffler, who has set his sights on the Texas governor’s mansion, has come under the scrutiny of a citizens' group claiming he accepts too many contributions from political action committees.
"More than a third of his 1984 campaign contributions — $88,054 — came from special interest groups with political action committees (PACS) located outside your congressional district," a two-thirds page ad in Thursday’s San Antonio Ughtsaid
The ad also said Loeffler, who has announced he will not run for reelection to Congress, had $384,684 in Ms canjpaign treasury after the 1964 elections.
"What is Rep. Loeffler going to do with $388,000 of leftover campaign money? Take it with him?," the jjjmm on the ad said.
The ad was placed by a Washington-baaed organization Citizens Against PAC*.
CAP founder PMI Stem waa in San
Antonio Thursday to promote his cause.
"Why would they (PACS) give money to Congressman I iffier if not to gain influence with him — at the minimum to gain access," he told The Associated Press.
"Our basic question is why should a lobbyist who doesn’t live or vote or pay taxes in a congressional district have foavored access to that congressman over his own constituents who can’t afford large political donations?" Stem said.
Loeffler was unavailable for comment, but his office issued a statement in response to the ad.
"Political action committees are one way for citizens to participate in the political process as is voting or walking precincts," Loeffler said in the statement. "I welcome their participation."
A spokesman iii Loeffler’• Washington office said the money left over from the 1984 campaign has remained in campaign coffers.
Loeffler represents the 21st
District, which includes Comal County. He is expected to announce he will run for the Republican nomination for governor Stem said he questions why the American Medical Association, the National Association of Home
Builders and other PACS have given Loeffler money.
"He doesn’t need the campaign money. He hasn’t had a close race since he was elected,” Stern said.
The PAC system, created in Watergate-inspired campaign
finance reforms in 1974, costs consumers money. Stern said.
Special interest groups like the dairy industry or the tobacco farmers form PACS that win federal
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dividual customer’s bills as “PCA” on the August billing for consumption during July.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the average residential increase will be about 4 percent (or $2.71), commercial about 4.5 percent (or $5). Industrial users at 5 million kilowatt hours will also see about a 3.7 percent increase.
However, fuel charges to Utilities are expected to decrease by as much as 20 percent. That means the bottom line on most bills will probably be less, even with the new adjustment.
“It’s an interim power cost adjustment, in that it will be eliminated as soon as our electric cost-of-service study is finished," Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said. New electric rates will be based on that study, which could be presented to Utilities trustees in August, and to City Council in September.
“With two readings in September, and one in October, the revised electric rates would go into effect Nov. I," Sohn added.
In the meantime without any power cost adjustment, Sohn said, “I'd be sitting here taking a $150,000-a-month hickey if I can’t equalize LCRA’s rate increase. This is like a pass-through charge just like fuel costs No more, no less."
Utilities should receive its bill from LURA today. “It will reflect the new costs, so we will not have lost anything at all," Sohn added.
In other action, trustees approved $61,000 in charge-offs, and a 1985-86 budget showing an $18.1 million bond issue that stalled last June when it went before City Council. The budget also shows $30.5 million in expenses, representing less than a 7 percent increase over last year’s amended budget expenses.
The new budget reflects $56 million in total funds available, compared to
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County contracts for satellite office
Commissioners signed a earnest money contract Thursday to buy a half-acre lot in Saltier to put a satellite office on.
The land in Sattler Village owned by Gene Whittenburg will cost $10,000 total, and commissioners agreed to put up $1,000 in earnest money.
A rkaang date of Aug. IO was set, and the temporary jail that is now vacated was discussed as the building the commissioners plan to move out there for an office.
"The contractor could move the
building for $2,200 and he probably could be ready by Aug. 12," Commissioner Bill George said.
George had been negotiating first on finding property to lease and then to buy at commissioners’ request.
The office will hold the justice of the peace and constable of Precinct 4, an extension office for the county sanitarian and possibly the comity 'commissioner'
"It is located behind the SatUer
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Partly cloudy and hot afternoons are in store for the area, with late night and early morning clouds and winds from the south at IO to 15 mph. Afternoon highs will reach the mid-to upper-906, with nighttime lows dropping to the mid-70s.
The Loe Angeles Dodgers, baseball’s hottest team, whipped the Chicago Cubs and extended their lead in tile National League West Thursday night. Sports. Pee# BA.