New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Frances Ancile Edwards, 90, formerly of Schertz, Texas, died June 8, 19%, in San Antonio, Texas. Mrs. Edwards, affectionately known to her friends as "Toone,” was bom January 8, 1906, in Vandalia, Illinois, rn Bertie Ethel and Waller "Boss” Sharp. She was married to William V.
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Pena F. Akoser, age 97, of New Braunfels, died Monday, June IO, 19%, at Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home. She was bom Angust 3,1898, in Laredo, Texas, lo Jose Angeldom* and Esther Regalado Flores. She married Juan Alcoser who preceded her in death in 1939.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Seguin where she was a member of die Guadalupana Society. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Joaquin F. Alcoser of Seguin, Texas, Pedro and Mercedes Akoaerof Austin, Texas, Alfred and Manuela Alcoser of San Antonio, Texas; daughters and son-in-law Sofia and Joe Aguirre of San Antonio, Texas, Sarah Gallegos of New Braunfels, Texas, Alexandra Maldonado of Seguin, Texas; 40 grandchildren, 90 great grandchildren and 13 grcat-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Leonor Martinez, daughter-in-law Manuela Alcoser, and sons-in-taw Fkxeotino Martinez, Bem-abe Maldonado and Enacio Gallegos.
A rosary will be recited 7 pm Tuesday evening at the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral mass is scheduled for IO arn. Wednesday at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Msgr. Edward Bily officiating. Burial will follow in die Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joaquin Alcoser Jr., David Camelias, James Maldonado, Alfredo Akoser Jr.. Gregory Garcia and Wdkf AJcosSF^ *
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Tobacco industry asks for change of venue
By PEGGY FIKAC
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AUSTIN (AP) — The tobacco industry has formally denied allegations in Texas* $4 billion federal lawsuit against it and asked that racketeering charges be thrown out.
bi its response Monday to a lawsuit by the slate, the industry also urged the case be moved from Texarkana to Travis County.
"This lawsuit is nothing more than an unwarranted political attack on a legal industry that has always operated in a legal fashion in die state of Texas,” Austin lawyer Jack Maroney said in the filing in U.S. district court in Texarkana.
In die lawsuit, state Attorney General Dan Morales is seeking reimbursement of Medicaid money spent on treating smoking-related illnesses. He alleges the tobacco industry violated racketeering, wire fraud, conspiracy, antitrust and public nuisance laws.
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The council gave its penrasskm for its tax coOcctkn arm to seB some delinquent properties at a bottom rate erf* 50 pur-ceat of their market value Monday.
Carleton Dollop, tax collector for the New Braunfels Independent School District, which collects property tax for the city, asked the council to let him sell about five lots that (bd not sell during last November’s Sheriffs auction.
The permission is granted until June 1997.
Donop sad fee move will allow him to return lie property to the city's tax roll instead of being a maintenance burden for the city.
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The city council declared June 21 "Public Safety Day” in honor of the job local law enforcement officials performed during the Ku Khix Klan rally June 1.
Police Chief Ray Douglas and LL John Wotnmack of the New Braunfels Police Department received the proclamation from Mayor Jan Kennedy Monday.
Local law enforcement officials will be treated to a cookout at Lands Park June 21 to thank them for their outstanding security during the Klan rally, City Manager Mike Strands said Monday.
“It could have gotten out of hand, but it didn’t,” Douglas said. “We owe the city our thanks.”
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In other action Monday night the council named Herb Skoog as the city’s official ambassador to Braunfels, Germany during its 750th Anniversary Celebration.
Skoog, owner of a local advertising agency, will meet in Braunfels July 12 along with Council member Paul Fraser and former Mayor Clinton Brandt New Braunfels officials plan to present Braunfels dignitaries with gifts, which they did during their visit here last year, Skoog said.
The celebration will include a gala, concerts and historical skits about Braunfels.
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— Factual details required to support the RICO charges can’t be provided by Morales.
— Morales has an illegal contingency fee agreement with private lawyers helping in the case, who include some of his campaign contributors.
bi the arrangement, if the state wins, the outside lawyers would get part of the federal share of recovered Medicaid money. A tobacco industry lawyer has said the law requires funds that are recovered to go back into the Medicaid program.
— Morales lacks the authority to file the case in the way he did.
— The state of Texas, which taxes tobacco, has profited from the product’s legal sale and distribution.
—The case should be tried in Travis County because that’s where state agency documents and tax records are located.
The tobacco industry said the case will require reference to hundreds of
“It’jtori^Upgical that ^rrr tut be heard in a federal court in Central Texas,” Maroney said.
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HOUSTON (AP)—Authorities say it is unlikely that serial kilter Coral Eugene Watts win be granted parole when he comes up for review, but a victims’ rights leader says just the possibility is another reason to abolish the state’s mandatory release law.
Watts, who has been in prison since 1982, is scheduled for release in 2004. In 1982, he confessed to killing 13 women, 12 in Texas and one in Michigan, in exchange for a burglary conviction and a 60-year prison term.
Some think Watts may be responsible for as many as IOO slayings in various states.
Watts agreed to give the Harris County District Attorney’s Office details of die killing in exchange for the burglary conviction and sentence.
Andy Kahan, head of Houston’s Victim’s Assistance Office, said Monday that each time Watts comes up for parole, it serves as a reminder of what will happen if die mandatory release laws are not changed.
Southern Baptists Op#n National Convention
NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Election of a new president and downsizing the denomination were amalg major considerations today as die Southern Baptist Convention opened a three-day national assembly.
Selection of a successor to the Rev. Jim Henry, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla., was virtually a foregone conclusion. Conservative members have united behind Rev. Tom Elhff, a fonner missionary to Zitnbab-; we who is now pastor of die First Bap-* fist Church of Del City, Okla.
Presidents of the 16-rraflion-member congregation traditionally serve two
Ona ACS supporter will find Nm-•elf behind the wheel of a brand new Chevy Tahoe this month. Don Maxwell Chevrolet Ie donating a one year lease for the vehicle, or the cash equivalent, to the Starlight Gala fund-raising event benefitting the local ACS unit. One raffle ticket will be drawn at the 1996 Gala “A Night In Casablanca” on June IS. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Raffle tickets are now on sale for $6 or three tor $10. For more information, cell 629-6153 or 6094115.
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The convention’s 20,000 delegates, who are called messengers, also are expected to consolidate 19 agencies into 12. They also will take up a resolution critical of the Walt Disney Co. for producing movies and pursuing corporate policies that many Baptists believe undermine the traditional family-
Baptists are especially aggrieved at Disney’s decision to extend company benefits to gay employees’ palmers. Florida Baptists last year urged each other to “prayerfully reconsider” their purchase of Disney products. Now, they have brought the issue to the national meeting.
Lawmakers Moot To Work Out Kinks in Gun Low
HOUSTON (AP) — Only a small number ofTexans who apply for concealed handgun permits are checked for a history of mental illness because of rules regarding confidentiality, die Department of Public Safety chief says.
Testifying Monday before die Senate Committee ai Criminal Justice, Col. James R. Wilson said mental health background checks have been nm on less dun I percent of the 83,158 Texans who submitted applications as of last week.
Wilson said officials only can look into mental health if it is public record.
“I think psychiatric care is an issue we need to work harder on,” said Sol. John Whitmire, the committee’s chairman.
• The lawmakers met in Houston to hear suggestions from law enforce-ment officers and the public ai improving Texas’ 5-month-old concealed handgun law.
Bush Backs Long-Haul Trucking With Mexico
HOUSTON (AP) —It’s time to lift 5 the roadblocks preventing long-haul • trucking between the United States and ; Mexico a risk undermining the North American Free Trade Agreement, Gov. j George W. Bush says.
“We in the United States must make ! sure that we honor our part of the • agreement,” Bush said. “I believe the J current administration made a bad mis- ! take in shutting down long-haul truck- • ing between our two countries.”
Citing safety and enforcement con- • cerris, the United States last December » delayed implementing rules under ! NAFTA that would give Mexican • trucks access to U.S. roads that are ; now off-limits. I
Mexico and Canada both allow larg- • er trucks than the United States. Some ; critics have said those countries should I tighten their standards rather than ask-ing the United States to ease its rules ; under NAFTA.
Better Accessibility Nssdsd By 2000 Election
AUSTIN (AP) — An advocate fa I the disabled says a federal court in Texas has become the first to apply _ die 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act to voting rights.
AU Texas polling places and many . of their voting booths must be made w accessible to voters who are blind a physically disabled before elections in the year 2000, U.S. District Judge David Briones ordered Monday.
“This is a declaration of indepen- ii dence fa voicers who have disabrfi-ties,” said attorney Jim Hamngton, L legal directa of the Texas Civil Rights Project who worked on tile case.
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