New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels Herald Zertong Tuesday, March 15,1983
Justice to probe Barbie case
"He’s been more normal than usual today!"
WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General William French Smith, under pressure from Congress and the White House, is launching a full investigation of whether U.S. intelligence helped Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie escape from Europe after World Warn.
Earlier this month, Smith had tentatively decided that the Justice Department would not pursue reports that Barbie, 69, was paid by U.S. intelligence and got U.S. aid in eluding French authorities.
The French were seeking to try Barbie for his role as Gestapo chief in Lyons from 1942 to 1944.
Known as the "Butcher of Lyons,” Barbie
was twice convicted and sentenced to death in absentia by French courts on war crimes charges in the 1960s.
Last Feb. 6, Barbie was expelled from Bolivia and returned to France to face another trial for alleged wartime mass murders.
Late Monday, Justice Department spokesman Tom DeCair said the allegations that U.S. officials paid Barbie and assisted his flight from Europe to Bolivia in 1951 are viewed “with deep concern, and a preliminary review of pertinent government files indicates that these allegations have sufficient merit to warrant a com-prehensive investigation.”__
Shortly after Barbie was expelled from Bolivia, Erhard Dabringhaus, 65, a German history professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, said that while working as a U.S. Army counter-intelligence officer in postwar West Germany, he was ordered twice to lie to French officials seeking Barbie.
He told the French that he knew nothing of Barbie, although in fact he knew that the U.S. government was paying Barbie $1,700 per month for at least the last six months of 1946 for his cooperation with U.S. intelligence, Dabringhaus said.
Dabringhaus, who was assigned at that time to an intelligence unit in Augsburg, West Germany, said that most of Barbie’s
information was useless but that he did provide good information about a uranium mine in northern Czechoslovakia.
Earlier this month, sources said that Justice Department officials had found evidence that Barbie entered the United States several times, under the name “Klaus Altmann,” at Miami and New Orleans in 1969 and 1970 on trips from his sanctuary in Bolivia.
But department sources said Smith tentatively decided in early March that further inquiry into the Barbie case was unlikely to lead to any U.S. prosecution and that a historical inquiry was outside Justice’s jurisdiction.
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HOUSTON (AP) — A stuntman seemed undaunted by his apparent failure to crack the 1,000-foot mark by scaling the 75-story Texas Commerce Tower, after he miscalculated the building's height.
“You read your almanac, ITI read mine,” Ron Broyles said about midnight today, shortly after posting an $800 bond on a charge of criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor. "If that didn't do it technically, I’ll go back and climb another one.”
The building is 1,049 feet above sea level, but only 999 feet over the street. Officials said the face Broyles chose rises 993.33 feet to a parapet where police took the climber into custody.
Broyles, a 29-year-old stuntman from Ixjs Angeles, was to be arraigned before County Court-at-Law Judge Al Leal at 9 a.m. today.
Hundreds of spectators cheered and honked horns when Broyles, clad in a white tuxedo, ended his trek by swinging himself onto the roof. He began his climb at 4:30 a.m. and finished at 10:44 p.m. Officials said he was not noticed until he was at the eighth floor, beyond the reach of fire department ladders.
The crowd, which gathered on streets ordinarily deserted after sundown, chanted "Go, go, go" as Broyles rested for several minutes at the 74th floor. Some lay down on the sidewalk and watched through binoculars.
Robert Narveil, ll, charged $1 for a look through his $300 telescope. Dark and distance rendered Broyles almost invisible to the naked eye as he reached the roof
Broyles said he was given sandwiches and soft drinks when he reached the top, then taken down an elevator to a waiting patrol car. He gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was driven away to the Harris County jail.
"I felt good to the 25th floor. At the 50th, I didn’t think I was going to make it," Broyles said after he was released on bond. For the last 25 floors, he said, "My arms were dead, my legs were going. My
fingers wouldn’t work.”
He said his equipment — two short-handled wedges fitted inside a window washer's track and attached to a stirrup and a web seat — did not slide as easily as he had expected. Broyles climbed by alternately moving the wedges upward.
Broyles would not say specifically what he plans to climb next, but mentioned the possibility of climbing a building in a foreign country.
Building officials and police made no attempt to stop the climb, explaining that they did not want to take any action that would endanger Broyles.
Broyles seemed to be having a good time. He stopped frequently outside windows and used a portable telephone to call news reporters and office workers who posted signs in windows as he went past.
At one point he clowned by throwing himself backward and faking a fall Onlookers on the safe side of tile windows gasped and then applauded.
Many women asked Broyles for dates or issued dinner invitations by posting signs on windows as he climbed past their offices. Broyles replied to most by saying, “I can’t tonight. I’m going to be in jail,” but said later that he accepted some of the offers.
He vowed to keep the dates if legal entanglements did not prevent him.
"I’m a man of my word,” he said.
The climber said by telephone that he fell behind schedule because of all of the attention from reporters and spectators.
Jim Martin, a member of Broyles’ ground crew, said tile climber has scaled three other buildings, including the 732-foot Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta. He failed in an attempt to climb the Transamerica Tower in San Francisco, Martin said.
George Wiliig scaled the 110-story south tower of the World Trade Center in New York May 27, 1977 Daniel Goodwin of Kennebunkport, Maine, climbed the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago May 26.1981.
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Selma chief works to end 'trap' image
SELMA, Texas (AP) — The police chief says it could take IO years to change this small South Texas town's reputation as a speed trap.
"This reputation of Selma’s has been here a while,” Chief Joe Potempa said Monday. "It’s not going to change overnight.”
But Potempa, who has been in office since December 1961, says some attitudes already have started to change.
“They used to call it ’Hemorrhoid City’ on the CB,” Potempa said. ”1 know for a fact we’re changing slowly. People are talking decent about us on the CB.”
Potempa, 41, has been a member of Selma’s police force for six years.
“This city’s been labeled a speed trap for I don’t know bow long by the media,” he said. "The media can really hurt a city."
Potempa has changed the police cars from an inconspicuous brown to blue and white so motorists on Interstate 35 who pass through this town, about IO miles north of San Antonio, can identify a patrol car more easily.
The police shield on the car doors also has been enlarged to make it more visible.
Selma never really had a speed trap — just officers who enforced the law, Potempa says.
“If they’re speeding out there,” the chief said, “we’re going to enforce it.”
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