New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Austin next stop on Unicorns'agenda
By DAVID KING Staff writer
ROBSTOWN - As the New Braunfels and Robstown baseball teams went through the ritual handshakes after the Unicorns’ 8-4 victory Friday, the 2,000-odd fans bellied up to the ballpark stood and cheered.
Obviously, they were cheering for the Cotton Pickers, whom they had
fanatically backed to a 26-7 season.
But then the chant started.
"Unicorns to state, Unicorns to state, Unicorns to state.” the Robstown fans roared.
It was about as fitting a conclusion as could be found to the Region IV championship series, which New Braunfels swept with Friday’s victory.
The two surprisingly similar teams battled and battled back in a
confrontation of squads that had beaten paths with pitching and defense in 1983 New Braunfels’ pitching and defense was just a little better, which is why the Unicorns’ path now leads to Austin. They play in the state semi-finals Thursday afternoon.
Joining the Unicorns in Austin will be Snyder of District 2-4A, Desoto of 6-4A and Westlake of 12-4A, The draw for the single-elimination
tournament will be announced Monday.
The Unicorns earned their sweep the hard way Friday night, winning in front of one of the biggest - and loudest - high school crowds in South Texas.
Fans filled all Hie available bleachers by 7 p.m., an hour before game time. Then they started lining up along the fences, climbing atop the dugouts, standing on cars on the
And they cheered every foul ball, every strike, just about every pitch.
One New Braunfels player returned to the dugout after scoring a run, sat down and observed, to no one in particular, "Man, those people are something else.”
But then, so were the Unicorns.
New Braunfels took a 4-0 lead, lost
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End of the line
Tax protester killed in shootout
urn J-: ROCK. Ark < API - A medical examiner said Saturday he had tentatively identified a gunman killed in a shootout with police as fugitive tax protester Gordon Kahl Dr. Fatuity Malak said there is a "great probability” that the man is Kahl, but positive identification would be impossible until lie gets dental records Monday.
However, Malak said he made a tentative identification based on Kahl* general description, scars from surgery Kahl underwent, an old bullet fragment in the left hip, and a description of Kahl's dental work given by a daughter of Kahl The body believed to be Kahi was found Friday night inside a mumtions-fdied concrete house tliat exploded and burned after police tossed in tear gas A fatally wounded sheriff fell or stumbled to a door before the fire and was grabbed by a marshal lanmard and Norma Gutter, tax protesters who owned the house outside Walnut Ridge, Ark , were arrested Prosecution was authorized under the federal harboring statute, FBI agent Darnel Kelly said
They were charged Saturday with capital murder oI the sheriff Capital murder in Arkansas may be punished by execution or life imprisonment without parole
Kahl, 83, a reared North Dakota farmer, was wanted rn the shooting deaths rn February (rf two U.S. marshals near Medina, N.D. Kahl was a
member of a uulitant, survivals, anti-tax group called Posse Comitatus and was on probation for a 1977 conviction for failure to file federal income Lax forms
Kahl fled and an extensive manhunt began. U S Attorney Rodney Webb of Fargo, N U , said he understood that Kahl iiad lived rn Arkansas from July 1981 to July 1982 Malak said tile man believed to be Kahl had been shot once in the side of the head with a 41-caliber handgun
The probability is great the sheriff shot lulu,” Malak said "To be sure we have to match the bullet with the sheriff's gun ...” Kahi was dead before the house burned, Malak said Malak said Sheriff Gene Matthews, 37, died from loss of blood
Matthews was shot twice, Malak said, once from a rifle fired from more than 3 feet away. That bullet entered between the flaps of his bullet-proof vest. The other shot, from a shotgun, struck Matthews in the back but was stopped by the vest ”1 think the sheriff shot Kahl and Kahl shot the sheriff,” said FBI agent Ray McElhaney of Little Rock
“Mr Kahl, as far as we know, is deceased,” James Blasingame. head (rf the FBI in Arkansas, said Friday night Also at the scene Friday night, Tom Kupferer, U S marshal in North Dakota whoSee SHOOTOUT, Page IZA
It will be partly cloudy today with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, mostly cloudy toiughl, and partly cloudy again on Monday. A chance of afternoon and evening thunderstorms is also on tab for Monday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, with the sun setting at 8 28 pmFire victims
They had something in common - ties to Texas, and luck tliat ran out Thursday night. A folksinger and three women returning from a Mary Kay Cosmetics ouUng were among the victims of the disastrous plane fire which look 23 lives Pave 3APLO strife
'Die Palestine liberation Organization is fighting again, but this tune ifs fighting rebels within its own ranks The death toil mounts in Syria’s Bekaa Valley See Page 3A
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Federal funds brighten Teen Connection's future
By JACQUELINE SMHH Staff writer
Nancy Ney lias a big smile on lier face these* days Ney, director of Teen Connection — a local foster home and alternative school lias learned that $45,379 in federal funds is on Hie way.
This means that the alternative school portion of Teen Connection, w hich will be housed in the old Zoeller Funeral Home on West San Antonio Street, will be open by mid-September Ney, who plans to have the school open no later tlian Sept 15, said these money will be used to hire two teat liers, pay the salary of a payroll clerk and be used for leadier*’ traveling expenses And as if that wasn't enough good new* for Teen Connection, Ney say* her organization has also just "made the first hurdle” toward obtaining $61,000 rn federal funds for the foster home.
Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has sent a favorable report to the U.S. DeparUnent of Health and Human Services concerning the use of federal funds for the foster home, Ney said
The Human Resources Division of HHS would be tile agency to award the federal funds, sliould they decide to approve them after relieving AACOG’s favorable report on Teen Coimection's proposed plan for its foster home.
lf the $61,000 iii federal money is approved by HILS, Dial means lite foster home could be open by December I, said Ney.
Ney credits the community with enabling her organizaUon and project to get off Hie ground “One of Hie big reasons we received funding was because we were able to sliow i tliat we hadi so much conuuunity support,” aile noted “They’re (federal agencies! impressed when they see a community so enthusiastic about a community program with son) much support and conuuunity involvement,” she added Most of the renovation work has been completed to the old funeral home for Teen ConnecUon, Ney said. “There's very little left to do to the building."
DonaUons and equipment are, however, still needed, she em-
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Decision overdue on Savage
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
CINCINNATI. Ohio (AF) - A federal investigator said Saturday the fire on an Air Canada flight that killed 23 people probably w as not set and the probe was focusing on the plane's electrical system Donald Engen of the NaUonal Transportation Safety Board said the FBI had made a preliminary examination of the plane and the tests "did not develop any evidence of sabotage or foul play.”
Air Canada spokesman David Pember confirmed Saturday that the plane that caught fire and was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday was the same one that lost a
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tail cone during a flight over the Atlantic Ocean in 1979. In Uiat incident. the jet landed safely in Boston with four minor injuries reported "Both incidents are not related w'.iatsover,” Pember said Engen said investigators were not sure how the fire began but were concentrating on the earlier assumption that it started in a rear lavatory A circuit breaker for the lavatory's electrical system tripped during the flight and pilot Donald Cameron tried unsuccessfully to reset it, Engen said.
Cameron entered the note into the flight log, but F.ngcu -'aid he did not know if it occurred just before Uh* fire was discovered or earlier in tile flight Engen said the circuit breaker could have been tripped either by a short circuit or by a fire interfering with tin* electrical system Hut he* stressed that the cause* of Hie fire remained undeternuned Air Canada Flight 797 caught fire en
Three weeks have come and gone, and there is still no word from Attorney General Jim Mattox whether William Dale Savage will be prosecuted further for the deaths of a New Braunfels family of four.
Savage was placed on IO years probation on April 14 for the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr His con mon-law wife and two children were also struck and killed Oct. 30, while walking along U.S. Highway 81.
A month of community protest over the probated sentence prompted State District Judge Carl Anderson to order Mattox’ office to review the Savage case on May 16 The attorney general said the investigation would take "approximately two weeks ”
Will Rogers, a clerk in Hie Attorney General’* Public Information Office, said that Arthur Mitchell, one of three lawyers closest to Mattox in staff position, got the job of reviewing the case. Upon completion of his review, Mitchell will make a recommendation to Mattox Hut the final decision rests with Mattox, and Rogers estimated Uiat announcement would go public no later than June 3, then added, "I just don’t have any way of saying for sure.”
If Mattox does go for another trial. Savage's attorney Kick Woods tuts vowed to take the issue alt Hie way to Hie Supreme Court Woods said another trial would place Savage iii double jeopardy — a constitutional protection against a person being tried twice for the same offense There will be an automatic change of venue lf Savage faces another trial, and Judge Anderson will preside Judge Robert Pfeuffer, who presided over Hu* first trial, lias excused himself from Hie case
route from Dallas to Toronto Thursday night and the DC-9 made an emergency landing at Greater Cincinnati Airport in northern Kentucky.
The fire spewed smoke and toxic fumes into the aircraft. Of the 46 people aboard. 23 passengers perished.
Air Canada officials declined to make the crew available to reporters again Saturday. “These guys have had very little sleep,” Pember said.
‘ They've been through an incredible ordeal,"
latter in the day. the captain and four crew members met reporters and photographers for a three-minute photo session but made no statements and no questions were allowed Air Canada officials said no questions were allowed because federal investigators haven’t completed interviewing them. They said they probably would be made available to reporters when they return to Canada in several days.
On Friday, Engen conceded it was possible the fire was started by a lighted cigarette discarded in a lavatory waste container. But Saturday he said further investigation made that possibility more remote A physician who helped remove 23 bodies from the fiery jet said another half minute could have meant survival for many victims, whose bodies had "Ha* cherry red color” that indicates carbon monoxide poisoning.
"They were so close,” said Dr. James Schrand, one of several physicians who removed bodies from Hie burned fuselage "The closest body was about six feet tiack from an exit,” he said "That’s how close they were to getUng out. Whether one person
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Unidentified flying canoe
Most canoes that ye over Huaco Falls on th* Guadalupe* Rivet have somebody in than That s not always tile case, as the top photo sIkjws Below, this group in a raft has a little more luck in
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negotiating tile tricky rapids Rivet visitors turned out in force Saturday, taking advantage of the 300 culm: foot per second release at Canyon Dam.