New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Judge Dismisses Capital Murder Charges in 1992 Gilmer Disappearance
GILMER, Texas (AP) — At the surprise request of state Attorney General Dan Morales, a state district judge has dismissed capital murder charges against a police sergeant and seven others in the 1992 disappearance of a 17-year-old Gilmer girl.
“The evidence is insufficient to support the indictment(s),” said the dismissal motions, filed Monday by Assistant Attorney General Shane Phelps and special prosecutor Scott Lyford.
Visiting Stale District Judge James B. Zimmermann, a retired state district judge, granted the motion at a hearing.
‘These are highly unusual times and highly unusual cases/* said the judge, who said he had no inkling until Monday morning that Phelps intended to ask him to dismiss the indictments.
At the center of the investigation is James York Brown, 35, a veteran police officer and the chief investigator in the Wilson case until his indictment in January by an Upshur County grand jury.
Hantavirus Suspected in Death off Tarleton State Student
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP)—It will take at least two weeks to determine if a Tarleton State University graduate student died from hantavirus, officials say.
C. Kelly Kirk, 24, who worked part time at a dairy near Stephenville, had been treated since March I at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. He died Friday and was buried Monday in Decatur.
Kirk, a graduate of Chico High School and Tarleton State, had won numerous agricultural awards at the State Fair and at livestock shows in San Antonio and Houston.
He had been hospitalized for an undiagnosed respiratory illness and had been treated against the possibility of hantavirus.
His father, James Kirk of Decatur, said the death may be related to anhritis medications that his son had
taken for years. The medication contains steroids, which can offset antibiotics administered to fight pneumonia.
Wilson Champions Case off Cadets Being Expelled From Academy
WASHINGTON (AP)—Hie Air Force Academy’s attempt to oust five cadets less than three months before their graduation has drawn the ire of a Texas congressman and the attention of Air Force Secretary Sheila Widnall.
Rep. Charlie Wilson on Monday asked Ms. Widnall to block the proposed expulsion of the five cadets, including one nominated by Wilson to the Colorado Springs, Colo, academy.
The Lufkin Democrat also is seeking a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the academy’s student review policy that led to the proposed expulsions.
The recommended sanctions resulted from a review of the senior class initiated by the cadet commandant. A committee of Air Force officers decided to drum out the five cadets because of a lack of “military aptitude.”
The five posted academic records and military aptitude scores that qualified them to be commissioned as officers, The Lufkin Daily News reported Monday. In fact, the cadet from Lufkin currently is on the dean’s list.
Agency Counts 900-Plus Complaints
AUSTIN (AP) — State officials say staff shortages are largely responsible for a backlog of more than 900 complaints about health and safety problems at Texas nursing homes.
The oldest of the 933 complaints was filed with the Department of Human Services nearly a year ago, the Austin American-Statesman reported Monday.
But DHS officials said the backlog doesn’t include reports of life- or health-threatening conditions. The agency must investigate such complaints within 24 hours or two weeks, depending on the urgency of the complaint.
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birdKochis mounts independent drive for Precinct 4 JP
Pat Kochis, the “fair, honest, independent” candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, officially opened his campaign drive on Wednesday, March 9.
He released the following statement:
Kochis, a native Texan, was bom and raised in Northeast San Antonio. He is the youngest son of Ret. Major Andrew A. Kochis and Alma F. Kochis.
Kochis graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1974. Upon graduation he entered the U.S. Navy. While serving in the United States Submarine Forces, Atlantic Fleet, Kochis graduated from Three Rivers College in Connecticut. When stationed aboard the nuclear submarine USS Jack (SSN 605), and Commander Submarine
Squadron IO, Kochis was decorated by the Secretary of the Navy for Distinguished Achievement Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. In 1980, Kochis was transferred to Texas as a Recruiter, and established his ability for sustained superior performance by becoming decorated two more times by the Secretary of the Navy.
Kochis has been honored by his present employer, Intergraph Corporation, numerous times for loyalty, dedication, and customer excellence. He has been employed with Intergraph for the past 11 years as a Computer Field Engineer.
Kochis and his wife Debra, an Assistant Vice President of the Frost National Bank Investment Department, reside in the Eden Ranch subdivision. Kochis
is a member of the An.'lives Lodg< #1399, a Scottish Rite Mason, and Alzafar Shriner.
Kochis believes that a Justice of the Peace should be fair and impartial serv-; ing everyone equally. Kochis’ op|jo nent has lost that ability through “partisanship, power struggles, and kingdom building.’’ These attributes and the opponent’s inability to see into the future rarely benefit the people of Canyon Lake and the residents of Comal County. The time has come for the next generation of men and women to become actively involved and take charge in the business of running county government. Kochis says “the people deserve a fair, honest, and open justice court system which will benefit everyone.”
Other states envy Texas’ $75 million lottery jackpot
DALLAS (AP) — Officials with state lotteries in California, Florida and Pennsylvania are looking longingly toward Texas, where $75 million worth of Lotto mania is spreading across the state.
Spokesmen for lotteries in those states, which have posted some of the biggest lottery jackpots on record, report Monday that it has been a while since they’ve enjoyed the craze associated with gigantic pots.
“We’ve been in somewhat of a dry spell in terms of mega-jackpots,” said
Bob Taylor, spokesman for the California Lottery, which had an all-time record pot of $118.8 million in April 1991. “Seventy-five million dollars is indeed an exciting situation.”
Mark Schreiber with Pennsylvania’s lottery said his state hasn’t had a decent pot since October. But he added that Pennsylvania has offered games of chance since 1972, so it takes some time for the excitement to build and the jackpots to grow.
The $55 million Texas Lotto jackpot that was up for grabs Saturday night
would have been a record, besting two $50 million prizes awarded last year. But no one correctly picked all six numbers, so the pot is now estimated at a new high of $75 million.
Lottery officials say the fever starts spreading through their states when the jackpot reaches $20 million to $30 million.
Ed George, spokesman for the Florida Lottery, knows about Lotto mania. Florida’s jackpot reached a whopping $106.5 million in September 1990.
“We get excitement anytime we get
over $30 million, but it really goes crazy over $50 million,” (ieorgc said Schreiber agreed. “It starts at $20 million and it just continues to build By the time it gets to w'here you are right now, it’s insanity ”
When the pot gets really big in Cal ifornia, would-be millionaires start pooling their money with friends anti co-workers and wainng on long lines to get their tickets. Retailers report their sales double, triple or even quadruple, Taylor said.
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