New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUSTIN (AP) — Former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Yarbrough, who fled the country after losing his appeal of a perjury conviction, was captured after he ventured away from his safe retreat on the Carribbean island of Grenada, officials say.
The fugitive ex-justice was arrested Wednesday on the independent island nation of St. Vincent 19 months after fleeing Texas to avoid a five-year prison term.
Acting on the fear that Yarbrough
might post bond and flee, officials left Wednesday night to begin extradition proceedings.
Yarbrough was ordered to prison for a 1978 perjury conviction. He faces an additional charge of felony bond-jumping, authorities said.
“I’m enormously pleased. I’m delighted,” said Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, who announced the surprise arrest at a hastily called news conference Wednesday evening along with Gov. Mark White.
Yarbrough had fled Texas with his wife and two children to attend medical school in the Caribbean island of Grenada. He had successfully avoided arrest there because the United States has extradition problems with that island state.
But two weeks ago, Yarbrough left Grenada on a trip to the nearby island of St. Vincent, and U.S. authorities made their move.
Yarbrough was spotted by U.S. consular officials in Kingston, the
capital of St. Vincent, and arrested by local authorities, said Gilbert Pena, head of the governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
“A couple of weeks ago we heard there may be an opportunity to make the connection in St. Vincent, so we were in contact with the U.S. marshal’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Thomas (the nearest U.S. territory), who were assisting us in developing a plan to get him,” said Pena.
After the arrest ‘‘the governor in St.
Vincent decided to let the U.S. government have him — not on an extradition basis, but simply as a person who is almost deported, an undesirable person,” Pena said.
He said federal marshals from the Virgin Islands flew to St. Vincent in the British West Indies on Wednesday and took custody of the Texas fugitive. They whisked him on a charter flight back to U.S. soil, where Pena said “I think he’s in jail” on the island of St. Thomas.
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Bill Willms and Travis County Sheriff Doyne Bailey left Wednesday night on a private plane for St. Thomas, according to Ann Arnold, White’s press secretary.
The three officials flew to Dallas on a state-owned plane and then flew to St. Thomas on a private jet owned by Dallas millionaire H. Ross Perot.
Ms. Arnold said the trip was set up quickly because of fears that Yarbrough might post bond.
See YARBROUGH, Page 16
County panel to narrow field of jail sites
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Six specific locations for the proposed new county jail will be revealed tonight by a Commissioners Court-appointed site selection committee
The group’s recommendations — which will be trimmed to three or four sites — will then be passed to Commissioners Court for its consideration.
Prior to deciding on a final location, however, the court will hold public hearings to discuss the sites. County Judge Fred Clark has said.
The conunittee, led by local resident Elliot Knox, divided itself into three subcommittees to study different locations of the town - including the downtown area.
There has been a major lobbying effort made by the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association and Chamber of Commerce to locate
the new facility downtown.
Each of the three subcommittees will name two recommended sites at tonight's meeting which will be held in the District Courtroom, second floor of the Courthouse at 7 p.m., said Tim Darilek, Commissioners Court administrator.
“They’ll recommend their preferred and second place (choice),” he noted Thursday. It s then expected that the site committee will vote on which of the six sites it will recommend to Commissioners Court for its consideration.
The meeting was originally scheduled to be held in Commissioners Courtroom, but it s expected more people will show up tonight in addition to committee members. The district courtroom has more room, Darilek said.
Knox's committee originally considered more than 20 sites for the
See JAIL, Page 16
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Restaurant owners Gary and Ida Pittman inspect what s left of the window where the deer made a surprise entrance
Deer crashes lunch hour at restaurant
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
It could be she just missed her turn. The street called Deer Trot connects with Walnut two blocks to the east.
Whatever the reason, the deer that dropped by Soh w ainkrug’s Steakhouse Wednesday must have been in one heck of a hurry. It came right through a double-pane window, bringing the outer screen all the way into the entry hall.
It left by the same route, bounded across Walnut Avenue, then backtracked across Schwamkrug’s lot. It was last seen heading for a small canyon behind tile steakhouse.
It all happened at the height of the lunch rush.
“I don’t know what (the deer thought it was doing.,'' said restaurant owner Gary Pittman. "There were a lot of people here, a lot of cars. You wouldn’t have thought it would have even come up here.
His wife Ida was minding tile cash register at the time, and got a look at the critter. She s pretty sure it was a doe — Dossibly the same one, Mr.
See DEER, Page 16
St. Patrick's flap
IRA sympathizer's presence causes bands, officials to skip parade
NEW YORK (AP) - Despite a boycott of today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade by the Irish government, 23 bands and some politicians because of its controversial grand marshal, officials vowed the event would be held "with dignity and pride.”
"We're not going to let them hijack the parade,” said Mayor Edward Koch, as final preparations were made for New York’s 221st annual celebration of Ireland’s patron saint Gov. Mario Cuomo said he would "never miss” an opportunity to celebrate the "magnificent culture” of the Irish.
The 23 bands, Irish government, 26th U.S. Army band and such politicians as Sen. Daniel Patrick Moymhan and former Gov. Hugh Carey planned to boycott the parade because of the election as grand marshal of Michael Flannery, an Irish Republican Army sympathizer. However, parade organizers said
they expected a larger than usual crowd of 160,000 people, as opposed to Uh- usual 120,000.
Cardinal Terence Cooke, archbishop of New York, did not say whether he would review the parade from the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, as is customary.
The cardinal cited as "a new danger” statements that the event had turned into a "pro-IRA parade.”
Kennedy, Moynihan, Carey and other members of the Friends of Ireland, a political caucus, released a St. Patrick’s Day statement which termed 1982 "a year of disappointment and concern for all of us who hope for peace in Northern Ireland.”
The message, signed by 26 U.S. senators and 48 representatives, had critical words both for the outlawed Irish Republican Army and British authorities in Northern Ireland.
Parade officials, trying to downplay the controversy, noted that more than
140 bands remained in the parade and others might take the place of those who dropped out.
"We expect a great parade, with dignity and pride,” said parade conunittee spokesman Martin Dunne. "The purpose of the parade is not to focus on the controversy in Northern Ireland. That’s only part of it.”
Flannery, 81, was acquitted last November of conspiring to smuggle weapons to the IRA. He said he was working with the Central Intelligence Agency, a claim the CIA denied
Flannery has long been active in Irish civic affairs and is founder of Irish Northern Aid, which supports anti-British groups. He was elected grand marshal by a parade committee vote of 510 to 12.
After the vote, the Irish government announced all its agencies, including Aer fungus, the Irish airline, would boycott the parade That sparked the U.S. Defense Department co order that no federal troops — including the 26th U.S. Army Band, a traditional participant — could march in the parade.
Among the bands that dropped oui was the contingent from Toms River High School East ui New Jersey, which was named best hand of the 1981 parade
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The hogs were the first exhibits to arrive at the annual Comal County Youth Show last night, and the rest of the exhibits— four-footed and otherwise - arrive today. The event will run through Sunday.
Local bands take first divisions
New Braunfels High School bands played their way to a Sweepstakes trophy at University Interscholastic League competition this week The Smithson Valley band received a special awards trophy for excellence in two events.
The Unicorns’ Silver Band traveled Tuesday to Clark High in San Antonio, where they received first divisions in concert and sight reading competitions. Those ratings, along with the band s top rating at marching contest last fall, qualified the Silver Band for a Sweepstakes — the equivalent of a state championship in football.
Smithson Valley competed Wednesday at the University of Texas at San Antonio, as did the Unicorns’ Blue Band. Both groups received first divisions in concert and sight reading. Smithson Valley did not qualify for a Sweepstakes because its band got a second division in marching last fall.
Bands from Canyon High School played in this week’s contests, too. The first band, playing Tuesday, got a second division in sight reading and a third in concert. The second band competed Wednesday at UTSA, and earned a second division in both events.
Wind advisories are in effect for Canyon lake this afternoon. Reports a spokesman at the Corps of Engineers station: “We’re about to blow off the hill up here.” There’s a frost warning out for tonight in Comal County. Today will be fair, with northwest winds 20 to 30 miles per hour and gusty. Tonight will be clear and cold with light winds, followed by a sunny, warmer Friday. Sunset today will be at 6:40 p.m., and sunrise Friday at 6:38a.m.
Charge reduced in fatal wreck
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
An involuntary manslaughter charge against a Schertz man was reduced to crmunally negligent homicide by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday.
Donald C. Beal of Schertz was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a one car rollover on Interstate 35 on Feb 12 of this year. Ann Michelle Morris of Schertz was killed
A spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office said the case against Beal will now be turned over to the County Attorney's Office for prosecution, smce criminally negligent homicide is a misdemeanor charge.
The Grand Jury returned 14 indictments ui its Wednesday session. Billy Ralph Sanford of 311 Comal, and Joe Astran Chavez Jr., of 466 Schmidt, were indicted for possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine. Terry Ulloa of 2870 Pecan was indicted on two counts of possession of a
See GRAND JURY, Page 16
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