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WEDNESDAY June 8, 1983 25 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 113
(USPS 377-880)Savage will face another charge
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Attorney General Jim Mattox will appoint an attorney from his office to prosecute William Dale Savage for the deaths of three members of a New Braunfels family last October.
Mattox announced his decision Wednesday morning, “following an extensive review of the record in this case, and after a thorough investigation of all the facts. It appears there is justification to prosecute Savage for the deaths of three innocent people,” Mattox stated. “I will not prejudge this case, but this office will work hard to see that justice is done.”
An assistant attorney general w ill be named
to prosecute the case within the next few weeks, Mattox said. In an attempt to narrow down the candidate list, Will Rogers, a clerk in the Public Information Office, said, There are more of them (assistants) than I can count. But if I had to guess, it will probably be someone from the Enforcement Division.” District Attorney Bill Schroeder was in the driver’s seat for the first case against Savage, who was convicted, fined $5,000 and placed on IO years probation for the death of Ruben Sauceda by a Comal County jury on April 14. However, Sauceda’s pregnant wife and two small children were also struck and killed as the> walked along U.S. Highway 81 on (X't. 30.
My decision (to not prosecute Savage for the other three deaths) was based on what I believe the law to lie concerning multiple
punishments, as well as the facts of this case,” Schroeder said Wednesday in his reaction to the announcement. “Under those circumstances, I still feel I was justified, and my belief in the law and the jury system will continue to substantiate my position about any further prosecution, trials, etc.”
Then Schroeder opened up. "I'm tired of it, frankly. It's time to move on. You get to where you have to lay it aside, and pick up the ball again. I did the best job possible. I follow ed Hie law, and to bt* told by the attorney general that he feels otherwise well, that has a tendency to rub me the wrong way.
“I hope this wasn’t done as a political ploy, but in all honesty, for a true concern for the law." he added Savage’s attorney Kick Woods was a bit
more vocal about the politics game. “I’m not surprised by the announcement. He (Mattox) already had his mind made up back in May, when he said if this case didn’t warrant penitentiary time, he didn’t know what the law-had in mind," Woods said. “I think the charade his office has gone through in 'review ing the case’ is an insult to the public."
Woods also revealed his plans now that Mattox has gone public. “I will wait for the judge to set a pre-trial hearing, and I will file a writ of habeas corpus. By doing so, if the judge denies my relief request. I have the opportunity to be heard by an appellate court — before a trial ever begins.
“I ani also thinking about filing a motion to recuse (withdraw) the AG’s Office from prosecuting the case, because I believe the
decision was politically motivated,” Woods said. “In addition, I will withdraw any motion I had on a change of venue, and will oppose it from the other direction. There are certain things they must prove to take another trial out of Comal County."
But smiles were on the faces of Virginia Pacheco, leader of the Committee of Justice for All, and committee member Ezequiel “Cheque" Torres. “That news makes my day. You’ve got me good news,” Torres said at his home Wednesday. “This Is a victory for justice, which was what the Committee was fighting for We believe Schroeder didn’t try his best, but at least this way, we will have our day in court."
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NBISD board sees cool '84
Air conditioning work to begin next month
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
If all goes as planned, students in th** New Braunfels Independent School District will bi* sitting in airconditioning classrooms next spring.
That’s according to time estimations made by NBISD planners and architects, who are also hoping to have a new NBISD elementary achoo! open by September, 1984
“We hop** to start (working on the installation of) air-conditioning by July and we’re shooting for i having it installed in all NBISD schools) by March or April," Supt O E Hendricks said at the end of Tuesday’s school board meeting
Completion expected by next spring.
These two items * are our number one priories...and our most pressing needs," of all that was included in NBISD's $8 85 million bond package which voters passed May 3, Hendricks said
“The others (things outlined in the bond package j we will plan to do after we get bids" for the school and airconditioning, lie said Hendricks predicted that the other expansion and renovation items outline*! ui the bond package will probably be done in two or three phases. Hendricks added The district's bond package calls
for renovations and expansion of the district's facilities, including a provision for a new administrative office building. Depending on which is most economical and feasible, the district plans to either renovate the old high school on West Mill Street or build a new building where the old administrative office now sits.
“His (architect's) guess right now is that it will la* more expensive to remodel...but he’s going to get those figures for us," said Hendricks.
“He’s looking at the alternative of remodeling (tie old building and what federal and slate laws have to be met and w hat to do with the upfier and lower floors (of the old high school),” Hendricks added
Although Hendricks will not tx* with the district past June 30 his retirement date - he is working with architects on preliminary plans for carrying out the goals of the bond package.
Hendricks' successor, Charles Bradberry of Jasper whom the board hired last week will take over July I Meantime, Hendricks is keeping him up-to-date on tile architects' progress “The final plans will be long after he gets here," said Hendricks “But I feel like we need to do altaic planning before he gets here ”
The new school, which will ease c urrent overcrowded conditions, will consist of 28 classrooms, a music room, library, administrative offices, special education rooms, cafetorium and oilier areas.
Group pointing to next board meeting
A group bearing the title of "Concerned Taxpayers” of the Comal Independent School District, lias all ears tuned to the June 14 school board meeting
We've been told by several board members that the board, acting as the committee for the whole. will report its findings on the investigation we asked for at the May 24 board meeting," Carter Casteel said Wednesday About 250 persons attended tliat meeting, with most criticisms directed at Supt Edgar WiUhelm, his lack of communication with tea* liers, and various policy * flanges made by Ila* board.
We expect a crowd on June 14. and on June 21 (the board's regular meeting) Tile word is out," Casteel added * We’d like to hear their answers to our concerns expressed on May 24 We want to give Diem that courtesy before we plan our next move We’re still exploring all avenues, and are dedicated to making sure the board continues to listen to its patrons," Casteel added "Concerned Taxpayers" is "growing” as a group, Casteel said There were 60 people at tile group's first meeting, and about 55 at the second meeting. "But about 20 of those 55 weren’t at the first meeting, so we ftave grown and are growing," she added
County to buy jail site for double appraised value
County officials have tentatively agreed to pay $210,800 for a nine-acre tract tiff Water lane for Hie new county jail site.
Commissioners Court and property owner Terrell Timmerrnann reached this “negotiated price" for the nine acres which has frontage road on West San Antonio Street, County Judge Fred Clark said Wednesday.
Thursday, during the court’s regular meeting, Clark plans to reconunend that the county accept the proposed contract — even though the county found through a formal appraisal that the property was valued at approximately $96,000
Nonetheless, Clark said he “feels that tile contract
will be accepted" by Ult* court "...when you consider tile (costs involved* in condemnation (proceedings) and a jury trial we’re better off" agreeing to the $210,800, Clark noted in a telephone interview The negotiated price is considerably less than the $300,000 to $350,000 that the county originally Uiought it would need to purchase land for the jail.
Had the county chosen another jail site — such as tile one being considered off Hanz Drive in tile Gruene area - and all of the $300.000-$350,000 might have been needed, Clark added
See JAH., Huge IZAInsideToday's Weather
Expect a sunny, warm day, with winds becoming southeasterly and 5-10 miles per hour this afternoon and persisting through tile night On Thursday, they will increase to 10-15 mph, bringing a few clouds and warner temperatures. Sunset today will be at 8:29 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at6 30a iii.AI beck signs
At press time Wednesday, it was learned that Spurs coach Stan Albeck fiad signed a Contract with the new Jersey Nets Terms were not announced. The agreement caps two weeks of bitter legal struggles between Albeck and Spurs’ owner Angelo Drossos
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WEATHER .............. 2A2 local men charged in drug raid
l wo New Braunfels men were released from the Guadalupe* County Jail today after being arrested in a raid that netted 1,551 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $1,240,800.
Terry Ulloa, of 2870 Pecan Street and Alfonso Gonzalez, of 414 Orange Street, were charged Tueday with possession of marijuana. The men, in their 20s, were released on bond today, a Guadalupe Sheriff’s Department spokesman said Four other South Texas men involved in Uh* incident were also released today on bond,
The Department of Public Safety narcotics office in San Antonio, which organized the raid, reported they acted on a anonymous tip Troopers arrested three men traveling in a rented truck along Interstate IO iii Guadalupe County Monday. The DPS reports that 1,181 pounds of marijuana in 15-pound bags was seized in the arrest.
After the arrest, tin; l)l*S, with the assistance of U.S. Customs officials from San Antonio and Uie Comal and Guadalupe sheriffs’ departments, conducted a 24-hour surveillance on a residence in GuadalujM' County , Gonzalez, Ulloa and a South Texas man were arrested at the residence, the New Braunfels Police Department reported.
The DI*S reported 370 pounds of marijuana, 23 weapons, and some stereo equipment was confiscated at the residence New Braunfels police reported tliat about $17,000 iii cash was also found at the residence.
Ulloa had been free on bond after he and his wife Elsa tutti pleaded guilty Monday to felony possession of marijuana charges iii 274th District Court Sentencing was to lie July 7, and a presentence investigation was being tonducted by the Comal County Adult Probation Department.
Iii other police news, the Comal County Sheriff's department released a Start/ville mail wanted iii Dis Angeles to U S. nutrslials today.
Comal County Sheriff Walter Fellers said Van Arthur Dudek, 22, of Startzville and formerly of Los Angeles, was released to U S marshals at 9 am. Imlay Dudek was arrested Tuesday at The Oaks Subdivision at Canyon Dike. He had been charged iii California for violation of probation and passing counterfeit government notes.
Geronimo residents study incorporation
By DYANNE FHY Staff writer
Residents of Geronimo will decide on Aug 13 whctta*! they want to Im* a city or not A petition signed by 65 qualified voters was presented Ui Guadalupe County Commissioners last week. After cheeking out the signatures, County Judge Jim Sagebiel announced that an incorporation election would bo held the second Saturday in August at Navarro High School.
That gives the group ui favor of incorporation plenty of time to answer residents’ questions But they’ve already done a lot iii that direction Hie idea came up two years ago, said John Duncan, president of Hie six-member steering committee that put the petition together Interest at that tune was high enough to warrant the Jaycees' doing a study on incorporation The club presented results of that study at a town meeting in January, Duncan said TD* steering coiiuiultee was formed, spent some time talking to people and drew a map of tile proposed City of Geronimo.
It encompasses two square miles * tile maximum allowed by state law for new cities) and 396 residents Duncan admitted the map "looks like an octopus,” with a 500-foot strip
extending down every residential road iii lilt* area
We wanted to get our insulation in,” said Duncan Tin* minimum population for a newly-incorporated city is 200
ria* heaviest opposition to the effort seems to be coming from tile “fingers" along U S 123 and Bar-ha rosa Road. Duncan says tin* committee wasn't really aware of this until the map was nearly ready to submit to tis* Commissioners Court "We got six signatures (for the petition) along Barbal usa Road, so we included them iii the plat," he said.
He considers the steering committee's main purpose to he education. Geronimo held an in* rorpoi allod election some years iii the past The effort was voted down, Dunean believes, because of misconceptions among tile citizenry.
“This year, we want to bt* able to say that tin* voters knew wiiat they were doing,” he said. “No one that I have met, including myself, is trying to force this Kung.”
Proponents want to preserve the identity of tlk*ir little conununity, and perhaps to control the speed of traffic on VU In Duncan's opinion, most of tin* opponents “just don’t like the idea of living in a city,
"You won’t find anybody out iiere
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Some cals won t put up with this type of treatment, hut apparently tins one likes the attention its getting from sisters Rebecca (3, left) and Betty Jo (age one and a half)
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Aquero of 236 S Plum "Puckered up" Betty Jo looks like stie s going to give tile kitty a kiss on the nose, as a nutter of fact