New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 126
June 27,1985 25 Cents
20 Pages 2 SectionsBerri: crisis may soon be resolved
Beirut: Shiites exploring options
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Shiite Moslem leader Nabih Berri said today that the two-week-old ordeal of the 39 American hijack hostages in Beirut was nearing an end.
He talked to Western television reporters at his heavily fortified house in west Beirut minutes after coming from a 30-minute meeting with French Embassy First Secretary Marcel L’Augel.
“I’m waiting for an answer. Until now I don’t receive any answer from U.S. government,” Berri said in English. “But I think we’re in the end, end of this thing.”
Beirut radio stations said France had offered to house the 39 Americans, taken hostage in the hijacking of a TWA airliner on June 14, and two kidnapped Frenchmen at its west Beirut embassy for two days on condition Israel freed 735 Lebanese prisoners.
But the French Foreign Ministry in Paris issued a statement saying: “We cannot act as substitute jailers. ... We are ready to welcome liberated people, not hostages.”
L’Augel said after meeting Berri that “moving the hostages to an embassy would be a long-term matter. It will take a lot of talks to get them there.”
In Bern, Switzerland, the government said it was studying an offer from Berri to transfer the American hostages to the Swiss Embassy.
The wife of one of the two kidnapped Frenchmen said French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas told her today that her husband, magazine writer Jean-Paul Kauf-mann, and the other Frenchman, scientific researcher Michel Seurat, had been handed over to Berri.
Gunmen kidnapped the two Frenchmen on the highway to Beirut airport May 22.
Berri told a news conference Wednesday men who kidnapped the Frenchmen had contacted him to say they had decided to put the pair in his charge “in the same position” as the hostages from the TWA flight.
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See BEIRUT, Page I2AWashington: no news is good news?
WASHINGTON (AP) — An administration news blackout, coupled with intensifying contacts with Syria and other countries to win the freedom of the 39 American hostages in Beirut, suggests diplomatic efforts are at a particularly sensitive stage.
Hints that the 13-day old drama may have reached a turning point revolved around comments Wednesday by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar and the Rev. Jesse Jackson and - before the blackout — by White House spokesman I^rry Speakes.
The administration-wide secrecy lid, a tactic often applied when a negotiating effort may be bearing fruit, was another indication of diplomatic movement.
William Quant, a Carter administration Middle East expert, said Wednesday when asked for his interpretation of the news blackout: Maybe it’s on the
way to a solution.”
Jackson said after meetings with top State Department officials on the situation in Beirut that he has “reason to believe” President Reagan has been “more
directly in touch” with Syrian President Hafez Assad. “That is a step in the right direction,” he said Jackson, who traveled to Syria last year to win the release of a downed U.S. flier, was accompanied to the meetings by Sheik Muhammad Jawad Chirri. a Detroit-based American Shiite leader.
Chirri said, “President Assad is a man who can deal with the problem efficiently,” a reference to the dominant role Syria plays in lebanon.
Lugar told reporters after a meeting with Reagan that the crisis was 'at a very important stage, and it’s ver\ hopeful.” He later amended the remark somewhat by saying that his observation was a personalview, not necessarily that of the administration’s.
Before the blackout was imposed, Speakes said the United States had been ‘in close touch” with Syria and that Assad had expressed a desire to be helpful. He declined to repeat his statement of Tuesday when he said there was “no tangible evidence” Assad’s efforts had made a difference.
Sheriff's deputy hurt in wreck
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Stapleton is recuperating at home for the next few days after being injured in an accident on FM 306 about two miles west of FM 2673 Tuesday afternoon.
Another car driven by Daniel Dwayne Wood, 40, of Cypress (near Houston) tried to turn left into a parking lot, crossing in front of Stapleton’s vehicle as he drove west.
The patrol car left 40 feet of skid marks where Stapleton attempted to avoid hitting
the car, according to the Department of Public Safety report.
Wood’s car hit the patrol car in the front on the driver’s side and then came to rest 18 feet from the road.
Stapleton was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by Deputy Ed Mullins and was treated and released. Wood, uninjured, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. He was released on $300 bond Tuesday.
The crash occurred on the north side of Canyon I,ake west of Canyon City.
Child advocate trainees watch mock abuse trial
Potential child advocates watched a mock trial of an imaginary child sexual abuse case Wednesday to help them get an idea of the role they may play.
County Court-at-lxiw Judge Ron Zipp presided over the trial while probation department officer Debra Board played a calm child advocate on the stand.
About a dozen people from many professions showed up for both training sessions Monday and Wednesday: teachers, homemakers, a psychiatrist and a paralegal aide.
In the Monday session County Attorney Bill Renner emphasized the importance of confidentiality. New Braunfels Police Detective Ray Douglas went over the different criminal charges that can be used in child abuse cases.
And Rim Deasy, a caseworker with the Department of Human Resources, explained the process they go through on child abuse cases.
Reimer, who played the defense attorney in the mock trial, reassured the advocate trainees that they would rarely be called to testify in criminal cases.
But the mock trial also gave the potential advocates more familiarity with a system that will have to guide a child through.
Most likely in a criminal case, you will not be asked to be a witness,” assistant District Attorney Bruce Boyer, who played the prosecutor, said. “You will mainly be used to familiarize the child with the system, to maintain a trust relationship “(Through that trust) we need you to convince the child to talk to the investigators, doctors and others trying to work on the case, to tell the child this is a place where justice is done, and to reinforce that what happened is not their fault.”
If an advocate was called to testify, he or she would not be giving the facts of the case,
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Glue in hand, eight year old Amy Grunwaid prepares to put the third construction paper portion of her flower onto its stem Arts and crafts
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projects were part of vacation Bible school at St. Paul Lutheran Church which runs through this weekMurder trial September 9
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The capital murder trial of Rodolfo Baiza Hernandez has been set for Sept. 9 before 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder said that date was agreed upon by Hernandez' attorneys John Chunn and Mark Cusack.
Hernandez, and Jesse Garibay Jr., both of San Antonio, are charged with capital murder, in connection with the gangland-style shooting of five Mexican nationals off FM 1863 on March 7 Four of the victims survived, but V ictor Manuel Serrano Cervan, 20, was fatally wounded.
Both men are currently bein# held in the Comal County Jail w ithout bond
Schroeder said jury trials have been set for both Hernandez and Garibay on Sept. 9. "But Hernandez will be tried first, and the Garibay case will be subject to the outcome of Hernandez’ trial," he stated.
A change of venue motion to move Hernandez’ trial away from Comal County was denied by Pfeuffer earlier this month. The ruling came after testimony from City Councilman Valdemar Espinoza and New Braunfels ISD trustee Aguinaldo Zamora that Hernandez’ Spanish surname would prevent him from receiving a fair trial here,
Schroeder said some pre-trial motions filed on Garibay's behalf were scheduled to be heard Tuesday in court, but were simply granted bv agreement The exception was Garibay's change of venue motion, which will be carried over to his trial date.
A meeting between defense attorneys and all four victims has also been scheduled on July 26 The meeting will either be in New Braunfels or San Antonio.
Schroeder said the meeting took some June to arrange because three of the victims have returned to Mexico since the shootings, while one is still in Texas
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Tim Gullickson pulled an early upset at Wimbledon today, knocking off the No. 8 seed in the men’s singles.Sports. Page 6A
Note Eof the first time in more than three years, the level of Canyon Lake is above the conservation pool level of 909 feet above mean sea level Release rates are now determined by the Fort Worth hydrology department of the Army Corps of EngineersToday's Weather
A 30 percent chance ot rain today increases to a 40 percent chance tonight and Eriday. Temperatures will range from the lower-90s during the day down to the 70s overnight. Winds will vary between 10-15 mph. Wednesday’s high was 91, and this morning’s low was 74. Sunset will be at 8:38 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6 36
City trying to sort out new labor law
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
The city’s personnel department is taking a wait-and-see attitude while the federal government decides if local governments are exempt from the Fair l,abor Standards Act, especially as the Act pertains to hours worked by firefighters and policemen.
Exactly how the act will affect the local fire and police departments is not known yet, but one thing is for
sure, it s a confusing situation.
.After the l^abor Standards Act was passed, governments sued for exemption from its provisions where •‘normal, government services” were concerned Now, the new U.S. Department of I*ibor regulations resulted when the Supreme Court reversed the exemption after a wage and hour dispute at VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio.
"Because of abuses and because of the problems in deciding what are
normal, regular government services, they decided that governments should come under the Act,” said Charles Bode, director of purchasing and personnel for New Braunfels.
Bode said he is now watting for the US Department of I,abor to issue the new regulations. "We are going to be affected, but how big it’s going tp be. I don’t know yet," he said
"The whole thing is really confusing,” he said. "Nobody has the new regulations and we don’t know w hat the whole impact will be.”
Bode attended a seminar recently and found out this city will not be affected as much as he had first thought
"We’re not quite as bad off as I originally thought,” Bode said. But, there’s still a lot I do not know New Braunfels alreadv meets most of the standards set forth in the Act. In most cities, the new regulations will affect both the police and fire departments, however, in New
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Explosion rips East Texas town
CIJCVEI^AND, Texas (AP) - An explosion believed triggered by a gas leak ripped through a building in the downtown section of this town of 6,000 people early today and fire quickly spread to other buildings in the block.
No one was reported injured and the fire was declared under control about 7.30 a m. CDT, authorities said.
By mid-mornuig the blaze was out
although officials were worried that another gas leak could set off a second explosion, said Steve Wheeler, fire chief in Cleveland, a community about 45 miles north of Houston.
Police dispatcher Maxine Smith said no one was evacuated. The blast levelled the Trinity Valley Floor Co., a floor-covering firm, with the fire
spreading to three adjacent businesses.
"At first they told us the whole block was on fire,” she said.
But later she said it was learned only about four buildings were on fire, including a jewelry store, an attorney’s office and the Cleveland Advocate, the town’s weekly newspaper.