New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
MICROPLEX INC. MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245Port jury set to begin deliberations today
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The David Port murder case was expected to go to the jury this afternoon, as closing arguments were to begin after a lunch recess today.
Judge I D. McMaster and attorneys on both sides spent this morning working on the charge (instructions of law) to the jury. That charge was expected to be read prior to the noon recess.
McMaster gave the prosecution and defense 90 minutes each for closing arguments, after which the jury will
retire to begin its deliberations.
Both sides rested their cases Thursday.
The 10-year-old Port is accused of slaying Houston mail carrier Debora Sue Schatz. The state rested its case with testimony from a firearms examiner, who said one of two bullets retrieved from Schatz’ head was fired from a .22 caliber pistol recovered from the Port home.
Schatz, 23, disappeared on June 7 while delivering mail to Port’s neighborhood. Her body was found two days later in a wooded area near Cypress Creek.
Since the state began calling witnesses on March 7, testimony has come from a neighbor who said she heard
“screams of terror” coming from the Port home that day. A Houston police officer testified Port, after his arrest on June 8, told her he forced Schatz into his home at gunpoint, killed her and threw her body in a bayou.
Expert state witnesses in chemistry and fingerprinting also testified blood stains in the Port home contained genetic markers similar to those of Schatz, and a latent print of her middle right finger was lifted from the door jamb of Port’s bedroom.
After the prosecution rested Thursday, defense attorney Jack Zimmermann asked Judge I.D. McMaster for a directed verdict of innocent. He said there had been
nothing introduced by the state other than the confession that served to link Port to the murder,
Prosecutor Mary Milloy argued there was sufficient corroboration in the record to support a finding in the case, and Judge McMaster denied the motion.
Zimmermann opened his defense Thursday afternoon by telling jurors someone else other than David Port shot Schatz to death on June 7. “But we don’t know who. We don’t know when and we don’t know where,” he said before calling his three witnesses to the stand.
See PORT, Page 12A
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Crossbred piggies win at
TTie two top winners of the swine judging that finished at 2 a.m. Thursday at the Junior Livestock Show were both cross breed champions
Keith Smith’s hog won the Grand Champion hog and Troy Heitkamp’s hog won Reserve Champion out of the 206 market hogs shown.
Breed champions were as follows: Stacy Preiss’s Berkshire won Breed Champion and Russel Hansmann’s Berkshire won Reserve Breed Champion.
In Chester hogs, Wade I^ngston owned the Breed Champion and Dee Ann Reidel owned the Reserve Breed Champion.
Among the Durocs, Ky la Goodson’s animal won Breed Champion, and Clint Montanio’s won Reserve Breed Champion.
Hampshire winners belonged to Marcia Odell, who had the Breed Champion, and lasa Sachtleben, who had the Reserve Breed Champion.
Wade l.angston’s Spot took Breed Champion, and Sandi De Witz’s took Reserve Breed Champion.
Yorkshire winners belonged to Tommy Hubertus, Breed Champion, and lisa Hoffmann, Reserve Breed Champion.
In the breeding gilt class, Chet Hatlock had the Gilt Champion, and Scott Syamken had the Reserve Gilt Champion.
Senior Showmanship Award went to Usa Wetz, first place, and Tracy Odell, second place.
Robyn Wunderlich won first place Junior Showmanship Award, and Melissa Koepp won Second Place.
Today the homemaking projects will be judged and the auction on these entries will begin at 6 tonight. Judging of the rest of the livestock will continue today.
The Junior livestock Show Auction, scheduled to begin 1:30 p.m. Saturday, uses a point system to redistribute the * bid prices,
See YOUTH, Page 12A
Ham Braunfels. Texas
March 15, 1985
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Inflation rate drop surprises experts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheaper prices for meat and gasoline helped overcome a sharp jump in fresh fruit and vegetable costs to pull wholesale prices down 0.1 percent last month, the government said today.
Prices soared 9.1 percent for fresh fruit and 4.6 percent for vegetables — both the result of January’s devastating freeze in Florida. But prices for beef, pork and poultry were dow n. Overall, food prices fell 0.1 percent.
Gasoline prices were also off, standing 3.4 percent below the level of the preceding month.
Overall wholesale prices, which held flat in January, were down at an annual rate of 0.8 percent for the first two months of the year.
That compares to a 1.8 percent w holesale inflation rate for all of 1984 and a slight 0.6 percent gain in 1983 — the best back-to-back inflation performance in two decades.
The February decline surprised many analysts, who had forecast an increase as sharp as 0.3 percent overall. The severe winter weather, they conjectured, had driven energy prices up while sending food costs soaring.
Although fruit and vegetable prices did rise, the gains were not as dramatic as had been expected, apparently because the devastation in Florida was offset by higher yields in California.
Energy prices also stayed docile despite the cold weather, helped along by a sharp 3.6 percent decline in
Many analysts had forecast an increase as sharp as 0.3 percent overall, fueled by the severe winter weather.
heating oil prices. While natuial gas prices did rise 1.9 percent, they had fallen 1.8 percent the month before.
The steep gasoline price decline, the product of the soaring dollar and slackening worldwide demand, left prices 9.7 percent below their level a year ago. Analysts point out, however, that prices have turned around and are expected to continue rising in the coming weeks.
In all, many analysts expect inflation this year will remain in the range of 1.8 percent, largely because of the dollar’s strength against other currencies.
“The dollar is still the dominating factor rn keeping commodity prices down,” said Donald Ratajczak, head of the forecasting unit at Georgia State University.
The strong dollar makes foreign imports cheaper for Americans to purchase and the flood of imports keeps pressure on U.S. manufacturers to hold the line on their prices.
Budget blueprint may feel the knife
Danny Scheel's shoulder provides a good leaning place for his son Matt during a Seele School parent student lunch in Landa park this week Matt is a second grader at Seele, and his teacher is Colleen Tiller, The special lunch was part of the Public Schools Week activities in New Braunfels ISO this week.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A $966 I billion budget calling for a freeze in Social Security benefits and a lid on military spending is headed for Senate floor action, but Republicans and Democrats alike are predicting major alterations.
“It needs some work,” Majority leader Robert Dole, R-Kan., said of the spending outline that would trim $35 billion from the nation’s $200 billion deficit in 1986.
The Senate Budget Committee gave final approval to the budget on Thursday after rejecting last-minute Democratic efforts to strip away provisions that mandate some of the spending cuts. Dole promised to bring it to the floor rn about two weeks.
The committee vote was a straight
party-line 11-9 tally, with only Republicans voting for the measure and only Democrats opposing it.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. William Gray, D-Pa., said the Senate panel had demonstrated that even the Social Security system is no longer immune to the buuget knife.
“Obviously, it’s not a sacred cow anymore because (Committee Chairman) Sen. (Pete V.) Domemci and the Republican-controlled Senate Budget Committee did touch it in defiance of their own president," Gray told reporters.
Reagan’s budget called for deep domestic spending cuts, but left Social Security alone.
Gray said when the House committee begins its work on the budget
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in several weeks, “Social Security cost-of-living adjustments will be on the table."
See BUDGET, Page 12AMattox celebrates not-gullty verdict—See Page 6AGoing hog wild at the Youth Show—First results, below
Comal Rival 262 cl* (down 4)
Canyon inflow ........1.293 cl* (up 7391
Canyon Dam outflow ...... 800cf»(*am*>
Edward* Aquila*....... 624 56 (up 12)
Canyon lak* (aval ...... 903 81 (up 22)
It will stay cloudy and cool today with a 70 percent chance of •bowers, decreasing to a 80 percent chance tonight,
Fetal inn faff nut / Henry wants businesses
rCCIIIiy ICI I ULU^at Parks Service workshop
By DANA STELL Staff writer
A two-day workshop next week among the National Parks Service and representatives of the city, county and other governmental and private groups has excluded the river business community, claims one local resort owner.
But proposective workshop participants disagree.
In protest, Jeff Henry, co-owner of Landa Resort and Schlitterbahn, sent
a letter to about 40 persons invited to the meeting. Invitees include Gov. Mark White, US Rep. Tom Loeffler, and State Sen. John Traeger.
Others include representatives from the Soil Conservation Service, Texas A&M Extensive Service, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, Corps of Engineers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Lower Guadalupe Business Association, Alamo Area Council of Governments, Chamber of Commerce, the city and county, and various rivers committees.
• From Ronald Reagan down," Henry said of the guest list. His letter informs recipients that the RH. Henry family in December filed a lawsuit claiming that members of city government “willingly, wantonly, and maliciously pursued their consipracy of destruction against the Henrys’ businesses.”
Henry said his letter is meant to gain him access into the workshop Wednesday and Thursday.
The letter, he explained, "merely lets everybody know if they continue
with this, it will be added to the suit. I’m serving notice on those people that we have been systematically and with intent left out."
He continued "Number one, I expect them to send me an invitation to this thing.”
Henry said that no Comal River representatives were listed on the Feb. 20 version of the workshop list — those from the Guadalupe River. “The ignored businesses (including
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