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2 Sections—24 Pages5 Mexicans gunned down in county
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Authorities were still searching today for at least two men in a “big blue car” who killed one Mexican citizen and severely wounded four others in an gangland-style shooting off FM1863 Thursday morning.
The dead man has been identified as Victor Serrano of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He was shot twice in the neck and once in the upper chest, and apparently bled to dead at the scene. He was pronounced dead at 12:55 p m.
Thursday at Northeast Baptist Hospital.
Comal County Sheriffs Investigator Kermit Kroesche said an autopsy on Serrano was set for 9 this morning in San Antonio.
Sheriffs Lt. Rudy Rubio said the attack occurred hours after the Mexicans illegally entered the country at Eagle Pass Thursday and rode a train to San Antonio en route to Denton.
“They were being transported from San Antonio by two Latin males when they were ordered out of a big blue car, marched into the brush, told to lay face-down, and shot
with a medium caliber weapon," Rubio said.
All five were found by authorities within the new Beck Ranch Estates subdivision, about five miles from U.S. Highway 281 East. A passing motorist, Bill Jones of Blanco, already had two of them in the back of his truck when he flagged down Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Mullins around IO: 30 a .rn.
The four survivors, transported to two San Antonio hospitals by Bracken and Spring Branch-Bulverde Emergency Medical
Service units, were listed in guarded condition after undergoing surgery.
Adolpho Mata, 16, is recovering at Northeast Baptist with gunshot wounds to the right temple, hand and under his arm.
The other three victims are at Medical Center Hospital. Kroesche said Genaro Coronado, 18, was shot in the neck, stabbed in the neck and had possibly suffered a stroke. Juan Jose Ramirez, 19, had a gunshot wound to his abdomen, and Rafael Nunez, 20, was wounded in the neck and had his throat
“This was meant to be an execution, no mercy shown or anything," Kroesche said.
Mexican consulate officials are still trying to determine where the victims lived, and “the Immigration Service has a big interest in this one, too,” Kroesche added.
Rubio said Kroesche and Investigator George Gonzales should be able to talk to the survivors later today at the hospitals.
“I believe the information they obtain will lead to the arrests of these men,” he added.
Weather station may go up
at Canyon Lake
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
National Weather Service officials say chances are excellent that the new radar station serving south central Texas will be moved from Hondo to Canyon Lake.
At a meeting of the Canyon I^ake Chamber of Commerce Thursday night, two spoksmen for the weather service told lake area business men that preliminary’ indications show that Startzville is the best place for the radar station.
The two weathermen said a decision about the location would be made this fall but it might be three years before the station is in operation. After the site is chosen, land will be leased and facilities will have to be built.
Camp Bullis, north of San Antonio, is also being considered, but NWS area manager Bill Crouch said he thinks the radar station mil be moved to Comal County.
“You may be pretty far up on the priority list,” Crouch said, since there are so many military bases in San Antonio.
The location being considered is adjacent to the microwave tower on FM 3159, southwest of Canyon Lake. Crouch said that is the highest spot in Comal County. The new radar station will serve both the Austin and San Antonio airports, as well as military bases rn both cities. Major considerations for locating the weather station are lack of tall buildings or electrical interference nearby, and access to water, electricity and telephones.
Larry Peabody, supervising
forecaster at the NWS forecast office in San Antonio, was also present at Thursday’s meeting to answer questions.
He told chamber members there was nothing they could do to assure that the station would be built at Canyon I^ake.
“It will be a meteorological decision," he said, “but I feel pretty sure the hill in Startzville is where it will be.”
The NWS, along with the Federal Aviation Agency and the United States Air Force, are updating weather forecasting facilities all over the United States and the present station at Hondo will be technologically obsolete when the new system is in place.
“It is not a good location to service Austin,” Crouch explained. “People in Hondo aren’t happy that the radar has to be moved,” he said.
Crouch said the people in Hondo consider the station good advertising for their city.
Stanford Research Institute is advising the NWS on preliminary location recommendation for the station, and some sites such as Galveston and Corpus Christi are obvious, Crouch said.
He expects other stations in Texas to be located in San Angelo and somewhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Just because the weather radar .station may end up in Comal County doesn’t necessarily mean the weather forecasting sttaion will be moved here.
“All you may get out of it is a piece
See WEATHER, Page IZACommissioners hear report on almost-finished county jail
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The new jail will be complete in the first week in May, the contractor told Commissioners Court Thursday.
“We can have the jail commission come in and inspect before that, then we need to get the furniture in and then you can move the prisoners in,” David Talbott, representing the contractor Hill Engineering, said.
Commissioner Monroe Wetz suggested that the public be invited to an open house of the new jail before the prisoners are transferred. The commissioners agreed.
“It s sort of a closed subject after that. It’s the only time you can really show it off And for the majority of our citizens, it’s probably the only time they will see the inside,” Wetz said.
The commissioners also con
sidered naimng the building and landscaping the grounds
“Dorris Brown with the Men s Garden Club has expressed an interest in helping with the landscaping,” County Judge Fred Clark said. “His group is anxious to help on this.”
The coordination of the furniture, which the commissioners will open bids on next Wednesday, was of some concern. Talbott offered to have a
room cleaned up to store the furniture, but Clark said, “The furniture will probably come in about the time you will be ready for it.”
Commissioners asked the architect to look again at the cost of putting in the wash rack and gasoline pump.
“Tell you what. We could waive all the late fees in exchange for the wash rack and gasoline pump,” Clark joked. “We might be able to do it very reasonably.”
Since the jail was supposed to be completed by Jan. 15, even after rain days and change order days were added, the contractor might have to pay some penalty days, which in most contracts amount to $100 a day.
“I don’t believe the commissioners should charge any penalty days,” Buddy Vogler, on-site inspector for architect Chris DiStephano sa d in a telephone interview. “We specialize in building jails and I have been
involved in 13 jail building projects and in almost every case you get behind schedule because there are only three to four manufacturers of jail equipment in the whole country.” He explained that almost always the detention equipment holds up the other work because the companies get behind on orders.
“Southern Steel was the low bidderSee JAIL, Page IZA
Increases in Social Security*
In percent change
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•Cost-of-living adjustments Social Security recipients have received since automatic increases tied to the Consumer Price Index began in 1975
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Social Security increases stump budget committee
WASHINGTON (AP) - A politically skittish Senate Budget Committee is deadlocked over whether to cancel cost-of-living increases next year for 35.5 million Social Security recipients to help prune federal deficits.
Committee Chairman Pete V. Domenici, R-N.M., said his panel will try again next week to break the impasse, predicting that some form of benefits freeze will ultimately prevail, despite Strong Reagan administration objections.
In a series of votes late Thursday after a stormy two-hour debate, the 22-member committee rejected, 13-4, Domenici's proposal to freeze benefits as well as a rival effort by
Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., to block such a freeze, by a 12-9 vote.
It also rejected, 18-3, a middle-ground proposal by Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., that would have given the cost-of-living increases only to those with earnings below the poverty line.
Failure of Congress to act on the issue would allow next January's cost-of-living increase to take effect as scheduled, as the president has proposed. The proposed freeze would cut about $6 billion from the deficit in 1986.
“There are two or three people who may change their vote (in favor of a freeze) if they get something else
they want,” Domenici said “I still think there’s pretty substantial support for a freeze ”
Domenici also put off until next week the related question of proposed cost-of-living freezes for a wide range of government pension and benefit programs — including those for veterans and retired federal workers. He argued these beneficiaries should be put on the same footing with Social Security recipients.
Before quitting until noon on Tuesday, the committee voted to reject Reagan's proposal to terminate the Legal Services Corp., adding it to a growing list of programs spared from the knife.
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The State Board of Education will wait for a recommendation from the House before it decides on changing rules for extracurricular activities in Texas schools Page SA.
Cloudy nights and mornings will give way to partly cloudy, warm afternoons through the weekend. Highs will be ii the upper Tie and lows in the lower 44a. Thursday's high temperature was 74 degrees, while the overnight low was 4i Sunset today will he att Jfi p.m •Ad sunrise Saturday at 4:44 a.rn.
Judge allows Port's patrol car
statements into trial
A judge has ruled that statements mz.de by David Port to a Houston patrolwoman will be allowed as evidence at Port’s murder trial.
Port, 18. is charged with the June 7 slaying of Houston mail earner Debora Sue Schatz, 23. His tnal began at I pm today.
State District Judge LD. Mc Master ruled Port’s statements to officer Irma iares-Sauseda on the way to the police station after his arrest on June 8 were admissible, and would be heard by the jury. He made the ruling at IO this morning, and told the bailiff to have the jury at the courthouse by I p.m. to begin the tnal.
Judge McMaster took the admissibility of all of Port’s statements to police under advisement Thursday after a two-day pre-trial heanng Witnesses for the prosecution included three Houston officers who said Port told them details of the slaying after his arrest.
A nine-man, three-woman jury chosen late Tuesday and sequestered at a local motel since Wednesday morning will now be allowed to hear statements Port made to officer Sa use da un the way to the police station.
Patrolwoman Inna I^ares-Sauseda testified Wednesday she was following police procedure, looking at the suspect in the car’s rearview mirror, when Port “just started talking He said, ’I don’t remember everything that happened, but I do remember walking her upstairs with my gun ’ ”
Sauseda said Port told her the earner struggled with hun, and she fell. “He said, ‘I know I missed her many times, but I know I hit her at
least two times — maybe on the head.
I just stood and looked at her a long time. Then I went downstairs. I knew she was dead.’ ”
The officer then asked Port why he shot the mail carrier She testified Port said, ‘I don’t know. I didn’t even know her.’
“I told him he didn t have to tell me all these things,” Sauseda testified.
“Hesaid, I know.*”
Port also told Sauseda he wrapped the body rn trash bags and put it in the trunk of his car When it got dark, he said he threw the body in a bayou.
McMaster said he would review the court reporter’s notes to decide before the trial starts if his admissibility ruling will include a statement Port tater made to Sauseda when they reached the police station There, Sauseda said when she retrieved a 22 caliber pistol, obtained at the Port home on June 8, from the trunk of her car, “He asked me, Is that my gun?’ I asked him,
‘Do you recognize it?’ He said, Yes, that’s the one I used to kill her.’ ”
The defendant also gave oral statements to patrolman Mike Waltman and a partial written statement to Sgt. E T. Yanchak, both officers testified. Those will not be admissible in the murder tnal under McMaster’s ruling.
Defense attorney Jack Zim-rnermann argued Thursday that oral statements taken in custody have been inadmissible under Texas law for 90 years. “We’ve followed this law for so long, because oral statements are subject to misin-
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