New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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SUNDAY March 27,1983 50 cents
Vol. 92 - No. 61
70 Pages — 5 Sections
(USPS 377-880)Young given two-year sentence
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A Comal County jury, asked to put “teeth in a paper tiger (the Texas Penal Code),” sentenced Thomas Henry Young to two years in prison for involuntary manslaughter Friday in 274th District Court.
Young, 54. was found guilty Thursday of killing 17-year-old James Edward Muenich on April 19, 1982 Muenich was jogging on the Interstate 35 access road when he was struck and killed by Young’s Jeep Wagoneer.
The punitive phase of the trial began Friday morning. Defense counsel opened with several witnesses, testifying that Young would follow the rules and regulations of probation. Young himself took the stand, and related his chance outside the courtroom to apologize to Mrs. Muenich for the tragedy.
“I told her I was so sorry,” Young said, “and she said, ‘I know you are.’" The boy’s mother was not present in the courtroom Friday.
In his closing arguments, District Attorney Bill Schroeder told the jury the Texas Penal
Code is merely a “paper tiger with no teeth. This jury can give it teeth.
“Tom Young is asking for probation. If you grant his wish, the law will have won the battle but not the war," Schroeder went on. ‘‘Somewhere a jury has to put teeth in the .aw. Tom Young disregarded the fact Iw *vas intoxicated...an attitude that has grabbed us by the throat and hasn’t been addressed. You are the people who can begin to change that attitude.”
Defense attorney Ken Furlow asked the jury
for a second chance for his client. “You’ve heard people say what kind of person he is. Consider that. Tom Young has gotten his punishment. He hasn’t taken a drink since that night. He’s lived each day since with the thought of what he did. Consider that, too.”
“I think we’ve all forgiven Tom Young,” Schroeder stated. “I think he’s a decent human being, and I don’t want to see him go to prison. But to be honest, I don’t want any more Tom Youngs in this courtroom. I want this to stop.
“The few years Tom Young will spend in the penitentiary may save someone else’s life,” Schroeder concluded. “I’m sorry, but I want the message to come across. I must demand time in prison. This is the justification this jury can give to Jimmie Muenich’s death.”
The jury began deliberations over probation and-or a punishment range of two to IO years in prison, and up to a $5,000 fine, at 10:45 a.m. The two-year sentence, with no probation, was announced in open court shortly before 2 p.m. Friday.
Rec center funding faces City Council
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Recommendations from two city boards will come before the New Braunfels Qty Council Monday night.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber at City Hall The top two items may attract a large crowd, because each set of proposals came after long hours of board discussion and lots of citizen input.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will ask council to authorize the hiring of a city recreation coordinator is position that's not presently in the budget) and use the Landa Recreation Center at least part-tune for city activities
For weeks, parks advisors have been trying to figure out what to do with the recreation center A city-owned building, it was remodeled and opened approximately 18 months ago by the Landa Recreation Association, a volunteer group which has been unable to keep the operation solvent. In January, directors of the association asked the City Council to consider setting up a recreation department which would include the center as one of its facilities. The matter was referred to the parks
board for further study.
Council will also consider the Arts and Cultural Commission’s plan for dividing up art and culture’s share of the 1983 room-occupancy tax. The city has allotted IO percent of this tax to artistic, cultural and historic groups The new commission, sitting for the first time this year, had funding requests from eight groups. It recommended shares for seven of them, as follows: Circle Arts Theatre, 3.5 percent; Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, 3 percent; Braunfels Foundation Trust (supporting the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture), I S percent; New Braunfels Art League I percent; Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, .5 percent; Froelichen Volkstanzer, .25 percent; South Texas Sound. .25 percent.
New natural gas rates proposed by Entex, Inc. will come up again. Entex representatives may have some answers requested at the March 14 council meeting, and council may set the rates or ask for further justification.
Council will hear a report on the inspection of Landa Park’s snack bar and novelty shop, which is due to open Easter weekend. City officials had specified that several things had to be done to the
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This is not a license plate garden, although it may appear so at first glance. Closer inspection of the garden on Live Oak Avenue will reveal the plates are
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shielding young plants from the recent cold snap, which made the first days of spring this week feel like mid winter.
Tuesday deadline looms for absentee ballots
If you’re going to be out of town next Saturday — the day before Easter — but still want to voice your opinion in that day’s elections, you have until Tuesday to cast an absentee ballot.
Both the Comal and New Braunfels Independent School Districts have school board elections on that day, as does the Garden Ridge City Council.
Also on that day, New Braunfels city voters are being asked to decide two issues — whether the city’s water supply should continued to be fluoridated and whether city council members should be elected according to a ”4-3” plan (four from singlemember districts and three at-large).
Those qualified registered voters wishing to cast an absentee ballot in any or all of these races can do so during business hours at various locations.
Qty Hall, 202 N. Seguin, is the place for city voters to cast absentee votes in either of the two city election issues.
For the school board races, absentee votes will be taken at the both district’s central administrative offices - 431 W. Mill Street for NBISD
and Highway 81 East for CISD
Three spots are up for election on the NBISD school board and one on the CISD board
Incumbent trustees Rudy Reimer and Bob Self are both seeking reelection to the NBISD board in places 6 and 4 respectively. Reimer is opposed by David Cook and Jose Valdemar Espinoza. And in place 5 on that board, being vacated by incumbent William Lee Jr., there are four candidates — Gladys Bart ling, Ronald Dalrymple, Bonnie Uhr Denson and Christina Zamora.
There are two candidates for the one place up for grabs on the CISD board. Incumbent Erwin Lehmann will face Selden G. Becker in that race.
Garden Ridge voters may cast absentee ballots through Tuesday at that town’s City Hall on Timber Rose Drive. On that ballot, Robert Kolstad will face Paul Davis in the race for mayor; Robert Howey will face Neil Craigmile for city council place 2; and Robert Harmon faces Ben White for Place 3.
Jonas case prompts look at county policy
Comal County Commissioners consider a standard policy governing use of private vehicles for county business at their next meeting, set for IO a.m. Monday in the county courtroom.
The absence of such came to County Judge Fred Clark’s attention a week ago, when Precinct 3 Constable Lester Jonas was brought before a Grand Jury on the accusation that he had bean stealing gasoline from county
pumps. Jonas said that what he was actually doing was filling up his own car for patrol duty, stating the vehicle supplied by the county wasn’t in good enough shape to drive.
The Grand Jury no-billed Jonas, and when the arguments were all over, it wasn’t clear who'd been at fault. But Clark, who took office Jan. I, said the commissioners would be
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Today will be sunny and mild, with light, variable morning winds turning northwest and blowing near 15 miles per hour. Expect fair skies tonight and Monday, with chilly night temperatures and pleasant days. Sunrise today will beat6:27a.m.Garden Ridge elections
There’s a City Council election next Saturday, only it isn’t a New Braunfels Council election. Garden Ridge, Comal County’s only other incorporated town besides New Braunfels, will elect a mayor and two council members Saturday. For a preview of the races, See Page 6A.Recreation Vote Monday
City Council (New Braunfels’, that it) will vote on a parks board recommendation to establish a city recreation department Monday night. The Herald Zeitung believes the council should accept that recommendation, and we’U tell you why we feel that way. See Page 4A.Billies Drop Canyon
Canyon fans were treated to a sea of pro scouts at their game against Fredericksburg Friday night. Five scouts came to view Billie pitcher Michael Friederich who defeated the Cougars 1-0 with a 99 mph fast ball. See Page 9A.
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County parcels out federal funds
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Not everyone got what they asked for in the county’s proposed 1983 federal revenue sharing funds budget. But that’s not surprising, since requests for these funds were almost double the total amount available.
The requests of 25 service organizations and county fire and ambulance groups amounted to $410,645. The county, however, has only been alloted $143,144 for 1983 in federal funds, according to the County Auditor’s office.
And even with the surplus of $56,034 saved from 1981 and 1982 revenue sharing funds, that amount came no where near matching all the requests made for these funds, County Judge Fred Clark said earlier.
According to the revenue sharing budget adopted by Commissioners Court Friday, $100,000 was split among five county volunteer fire and ambulance departments.
The court proposed that Bexar Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) get $13,100 (out of $23,100 originally requested); Bulverde Spring Branch
Ambulance Service, $11,500 ($16,500 requested); Bracken VFD, $30,200 ($175,000 requested); Spring Branch VFD, $15,000 ($25,000 requested); and Canyon I^ike VFD, $30,200 ($49,500 requested I.
In the new revenue budget — which will no be on display for 30 days in the County Clerk’s office — Commissioners Court set aside a $76,138 f and “for the purchase of property and-or capitol improvements,” Clark noted.
Following the public display of the proposed revenue sharing budget in the clerk’s office, the court will hold a public hearing to discuss it, County Auditor Bate Bond said Friday.
Other departments designated to receive revenue sharing funds (and the amount proposed for that department) included: the Hays County Womens Center ($1,040); Canyon I^ake Action Center Inc. ($1,000); Senior Citizens Center ($1,500); and Home Care Program ($3,000).
Others were: Comal County Juvenile Center ($5,000); Citizens’ Task Force on Water ($500); Mental-Health-Mental Retardation Center ($4,000); Community Service Center ($4,000); and the Community Council Aging Program, ($3,000).
Herald wins six awards in contest
The Herald Zeitung walked away with six awards in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ (AMPE) competition Saturday.
Editor Robert Johnson, staff photographers John Senter and Cindy Richardson and staff writer Jacqueline Smith were named to receive awards at the annual APME convention, held in El Paso. Entries came from the calendar year 1982.
Johnson received a first place award in page-one make-up and an honorable mention in editorial writing for his piece on the controversy surrounding former County Court-at-Law Judge D.H. Buchanan.
Senter won second place in sports photography for his picture of a Unicorn football player being hugged
by his mother following the team’s loss in the state semifinals in December. He also rated an honorable mention in feature photos for a shot of a Marine flagbearer bowing to pray during a Veterans’ Day service.
Richardson placed second in feature photography for her shot of a boy measuring his height with a yardstick. Smith’s feature layout on the opening of the Moyer Champagne Company rated her an honorable mention in that category.
This is the third year the Herald Zeitung has competed in the contest since switching to a daily format in August, 1980. This year’s performance increases the Herald Zeitung's total number of awards for those three years to 19.