New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Youth Show winners rake in the ribbons
—Inside A section
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Mustangs, Hogs fall in NCAA
— Sports, Page 9A
Hem Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94 - No. 55
March 17,1985 BO Cents
56 Pages —5 Sections
Port gets 75-year sentence
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The highly-publicized murder trial of David Port, convicted Friday of killing a 23-year-old Houston mail carrier, ended Saturday with a 75-year prison sentence.
A jury of nine men and three women deliberated 24 hours Saturday before setting Port's punishment and assessing a $10,000 fine.
It took jurors equally as long Friday to decide Port’s guilt in the June 7 slaying of Debora Sue Schatz, who disappeared while delivering mail to the Ports' affluent neighborhood Her body was discovered two days later near Cypress Creek in Hams County.
The teen-ager showed no emotion when the
punishment recommendation was made by the jury, or when State District Judge I.D. Mc-Master formally sentenced him moments later. There was a brief meeting behind closed doors between Port and his parents, whose refusal to testify against their son before a Harris County last year put them both behind bars. Then Port was led away in handcuffs to the Comal County Jail as his family and friends wiped away the tears.
•Nobody ever likes to listen to a sentence come back like that," defense attorney Jack Zimmermann said. “It’s like an aging relative. You prepare for his death, but when it comes, it’s still a shock."
Woody Schatz, the victim’s 33-year-old brother, said the sentence was •‘still not
enough. We’ll never have our sister I ick again.”
Darlene Sanderson, one of Schatz’ sisters who also watched the entire trial, said she was “relieved. I’ve been waiting a long time."
The victim’s mother. Mrs. Barbara S< hatz, was not present for the verdict, but has filed a $5 million wrongful death suit against the Ports. Her husband, Albert Schatz, died of a heart attack shortly after his daughter was killed.
Prosecutors said Port will have to serve at least 20 years before becoming eligible for parole, but defense attorney Jack Zimmermann said he intended to appeal the verdict and sentence.
• This conviction is not in accordance with
the law," he said Saturday. “We have a legitimate disagreement in this case on what the law is, and an 18-year-old has been sent to prison based on a single man’s interpretation of the law.”
Zimmermann’s comments concerned the admissibility of an oral statement allegedly-made by Port to Houston police officer Irma I^res-Sauseda after his arrest on June 8. She testified Port told her he killed the mail carrier, wrapped her body in trash bags and threw her in a bayou.
“ I don’t remember everything that happened, but I do remember walking her upstairs with my gun. I know-1 missed her many times.
See PORT, Page 14A
DAVID PORT . convicted of murder
Issues and answers
Panels take shape for conference
Former US. Senator John Tower is scheduled to be honored Thursday as Texan of the Year at the 19th annual Texas Legislative Conference.
He w ill be honored at 7:30 p m Thursday at a special reception at the Civic Center. The reception kicks off the annual conference.
Tower is currently in Geneva, serving as chief arms negotiator for the United States. He has made arrangements for someone to accept the award for him if he is not able to return for the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Texas State Chamber of Commerce.
This year, the conference will attack taxes. The topic, “Texans and Taxes Who Pays and How Much?”, will be discussed by state and national panels.
The conference begins at 8 a.rn Friday with registration at the Civic Center. At 8 30 a rn., local attorney David liimon, chairman of the conference arrangements committee, will call the event to order. Chamber of Commerce President John
Duster will welcome the conference delegates and Max Sherman, director of the LBJ School of Public .Affairs in in Austin will give the opening address.
Former U.S. Rep Kent Hance will act as moderator for the conference.
The first panel begins at 9 a m. and will tackle state issues. Speakers for the state panel are State Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos, D-Austin; State Sen. J E. (Buster) brown, K-I^ike Jackson; State Rep. Charles Evans, D-Hurst; State Rep. Stan Schlueter, D-Killeen, and State Rep. Frank Tejeda, D-San Antonio.
The national panel, which begins at 10:30 a m , will include U S. Reps Michael Andrews, I> Houston and Tom Ixieffler, R-Hunt.
The conference ends Friday with a luncheon at the Civic Center.
At 2 p m. Friday afternoon, the Greater Austm-San Antonio Corridor Council will sponsor a forum on funding for higher education. The forum is free and will be at the Civic Center.
Arms talks may be lengthy
GENEVA, Switzerland (APt — American and Russian negotiators have set the stage for what is expected to be lengthy and complex bargaining on nuclear and space arms.
The eventual aim of the talks is ending the nuclear arms race on earth and preventing its extension to outer space.
Sen. Edward Kennedy , D-Mass., who was a member of a senate observer group at the opening of the talks last week, summed up the prospects for an accord when he told a reporter “It will be a long, long, long haul.”
The U.S. spokesman, Joseph l>ehman, took a similar line when he said, “I think it’s going to take quite a few more negotiating .sessions for us to make an assessment of whether or not we are near agreement or not."
The chief Soviet negotiator, Victor P. Karpov, on the other hand, sounded a more hopeful note when he told reporters in the Soviet mission that if both sides want an accord “you can do that on the kitchen floor, here or somewhere else.”
The past week has seen the usual routine of delegation arrival statements, and a first full-scale meeting at which opening positions were put on the table by Karpov and by the chief U.S. delegate, Max M. Kampelman.
Nothing of substance has slipped by a “confidentiality” agreement the two sides reached at their get* acquainted meeting Tuesday in the Soviet mission, a modernistic structure behind a black steel fence.
On Thursday came the first fullscale meeting of the three negotiators on each side who will
See ARMS, Page HAInsideShow boar
Handmade by a Minnesota woman, this "grumpy honey bear" is one of the more unusual items at the semi annual antique show and sale at the Civic Center. The show concludes Sunday (it runs from noon to 6).Today's Weather
Cloudy skies will remain today, although the sun may peek out some this afternoon. There’s a 20 percent chance of rain and an expected high in the upper 60s. Tonight’s low will drop to the upper 40s. Winds will be from the north at IO mph. Saturday’s low was 49 and the high was 60. Sunset tonight will be at 6:40 p.m. and Monday’s sun will rise at 6:39 am.WaterWatch
262 eta luwne) 1.083 cts (down 210) 856 eta (up 56) 624 65 (up 09) not availableGunslingers flop
Comal Rival ......
Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Canyon Lake (aval
Still unable to find any offense, the San Antonio Gunslingers were routed by the Ix>s Angeles Express, 38-7, in LA. Saturday night. Details in Sports.
No bum steer
David Waldrip and his grand champion steer wait for the bidding to be completed during Saturday'; livestock auction at the Comal County Youth Fair. Waldnp's steer was bought by First Federal Savings and Loan, which has purchased the top steer for the past several years. The selling price -$8,190.
Hefty prices paid for top animals
The Comal County Junior livestock Show and Sale ended Saturday night with around $36,000 brought in by grand champions and reserve grand champions alone.
David Waldrip’s grand champion steer earned $8,190 in the auction ring, bid by First Federal Savings and I/Oan and the reserve champion earned $4,840, bid by J C. Reagan, Comal Title Co., Picture Show, Tillman & Tillman, Square One and the law firm of Reagan, Burris, Dierksen, lannon and Bluntzer.
The grand champion hog received $6,400 in the auction ring, bid by Alamo Haulers, Redland Worth Corp, and Krause and Saur Construction Co. Reserve champion was sold for $5,676, to Cliff Barnes Oil Co.
The grand champion iamb went for
Results, photos inside
$2,415 to New Braunfels National Bank and Producers Coop. The reserve champion lamb earned $1,785, bid by Alamo Haulers, W W. Transport and General Portland.
The grand champion turkey’s highest bid was $1,700, made by l*roy Neuse Construction, and the reserve champion turkey’s highest bid was $1,450, made by Alamo Haulers and Midcap Bernng.
Grand champion rabbit went for $1,400, bid by Goerke’s Country Cavern, Tri County Doors, Tinshorn Mid Market and Jumbo Evans. The reserve champion went for $1,000, bid
See AUCTION, Page HAOil's well?
Pipeline plan prompts action from Kuempel, McAlister
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
The aftershocks of two public meetings on the proposed crude oil pipeline that will traverse Comal County have been felt as far away as the state capitol and the board room of Goodyear Tire and Rubber.
Ron Hinn, vice president and project manager (rf All-American Pipeline Co. which plans the 30-mch heated pipeline from Bakersfield, Calif, to Freeport to carry 300,000 barrels of high-sulfured crude a day, gave a slide presentation and fielded questions at the Edwards Underground Water District Board meeting and a public meeting in New Braunfels Monday.
All-American is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Celeron Inc. which is wholly-owned by Goodyear.
State representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin), whose legislative aide Ray Spivey attended both meetings, sent a letter to Railroad Commission Chairman Buddy Temple Friday, asking for no permit to be granted for the pipeline to cross the Edwards Aquifer. Kuempel also wanted a public hearing on the project and an environmental impact statement to be made.
•After hearing more about the All-American Pipeline project, I strongly believe there are many unanswered questions concerning the environmental impact on our state," Kuempel wrote.
“In particular, much more consideration should be given to the pipeline crossing the Edwards Aquifer — the sole source water supply for a number of cities, including San Antonio. Because of the importance of the aquifer, one spill or leak would be one too many," he added.
All-American applied Jan. 21 for an operating permit from the Railroad Commission and in February received a pipeline permit covering the route from the Texas border to McCamey, but not on the McCamey to Freeport route, which includes Comal and Guadalupe counties. It withdrew the application on the rest of the route Jan. 25
Kyle McAlister, part owner of Guadalupe Cattle Co., Guadalupe Realty Co. and Questor Pipeline Co. whose land the pipeline crosses, is one of many property owners against the pipeline’s route and has taken a different angle to defeat it.
“lf Goodyear Tire and Rubber persists in building this line it is my suggestion to the people of Texas that
See PIPELINE, Page UA