New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Lr : ‘Itch -o r.-'ie • u• ‘oxCounty jail inmates end 19-day hunger strike
by DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The hunger strike is over
Juan Lopez and Gilbert Gonzales, two of the original four Comal County Jail inmates who began the fast on April 15, had tacos and fruit cocktail for supper Thursday, and scrambled eggs and bacon for breakfast Friday.
The fast, which ended in its 19th full day. was for the prosecution of three other involuntary
rn a n s I a u g h t e r indictments against William Dale Savage, who was given IO years probation by a Comal County jury for the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr.. Oct. 30 Sauceda's pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed by Savage’s car
Lxipcz. Gonzales. Margarito Maldonado and Richard Willis vowed to "starve to death" until Savage was tried again But Willis, in jail for carrying a weapon on licensed premises, was released on bond April 25.
and Maldonado was picked up by the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office May 4 for a revocation of probation hearing there
Gonzales is scheduled for release on probation sometime this morning. He was serving a two-year sentence for Driving Wbile Intoxicated
And that leaves Lopez, who was indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury April 20 for passing a forged instrument. Lopez lias been to the penitentiary already
for murder without malice, and assault to murder The Comal County offense carries the potential of a third conviction, which would mean an automatic life sentence in Texas as an habitual criminal Maldonado faces the same possibility, since he was also indicted by the same grand jury for burglary of a non habitation, and has been to the penitentiary twice for felony theft and possession of marijuana
If Gonzales County revokes his
probation for a three-year DW1 sentence in January of 1981, Maldonado will go to Huntsville But District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Thursday he will bring Maldonado back to Comal County for prosecution of the burglary charge, "according to the Grand Jury instructions." Those guidelines state d Maldonado be prosecuted as an habitual criminal, since the burglary charge carried the potential of a third conviction.
Outside tile courthouse Friday.
there were no sign toting protesters from the Committee of Justice for All K z e q u I e I "Cheque" Torres, a spokesman for the group, said Thursday, "We won t be protesting Friday, in memory of the deputy who was killed We want to respect his memory."
Torres was referring Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Byrd, who was killed in a two car crash near Bandera Wednesday night Byrd was alone and off duty when tile accident occurred.
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Jail bond vote Saturday
Clark hopes for passage, large turnout
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
County Judge Fred (’lark is optimistic that Saturday's $3 9 million jail bond issue w ill pass
He’s hoping, however that the decision w ill ire made by a "good turnout of voters
"What I fear most is a small voter turnout This is an important occasion and something that tin* people should participate iii iii tile decision being made," lie said Frida)
But tile judge is worried that with Satur day's election being in the middle of Mother’s Day weekend, voter turnout may not br* heavy He's also worried about voter apathy Through presentations lie's made concerning tile jail bond issue ('lark has discovered an "attitude that tills is not really a matter of choice ♦ that the jail is going to lie Inuit anyway so my vote may not be all that critical."
But in ins opinion, every vote is critical and ('lark urged all registered county voters to make it to the polls between 7 a iii to 7 p iii. Saturday
Tile election is being called to pay for tin* construction of a new jail and purchase property adjacent to tile Courthouse for future expansion of county government
Follow mg are tile polling places, listed by voting precincts
Precinct I Dittlingcr Memorial Library, precinct 2 Cross Lutheran Church Activities ('enter precinct 3 Fire Station No 2, Loop 337; precinct I Comal Klcmentary Sc his) I; precinct 5 Bracken Fire Station, precinct f>
I rilled Methodist Church Wesley Hall; plectra t 7 Lone Star School, 144 Hidalgo, precinct * Fire Station No 4. 501 Kerlick Lane precincts Mission Valley Community Center, and precinct IO Bulverde Bowling
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New jail needed despite suit
S ut* /**<
New home rn works?
County (ail inmates will be behind different bars in two years and there will be room tor more of them if voters pass a $3 9 million bond issue Saturday Polls will be open from 7 to 7, as usual
Two former Inmates who complained about unsanitary conditions in tile current jail are responsible for Comal County having to build a new one
But had it not been for these two. a new jail would have to lie built soon anyway since the county has outgrown its current facility, County Attorney Bill Reinter said Thur sday A facility containing a IOO inmate jail. of flees for the Sheriffs Department arid sinai! magistrate’s court Is the topic of the- county s $3 9 million bond election Saturday
The bonds would pay tor the construction of the new facility, and for purchase of property adjacent to the* Courthouse for future ex pansion of county government and or parking area
The county must build tins structure by August, 1985. according to a federal lawsuit settlement
Originally the complaints against the jail concerned alleged unsanitary conditions and lac k of proper meals or medical care
No mention was made of crowded conditions in the initial suit filed in September, IWM I Iii t S District Court by former county inmates Robert I >elgadoand Freddy (lac/.a Jr
Commissioners Court. Sherif! Walter Feller s and Distric t Attorney Blit Schroeder w et c* listed as defendants
latter however, the suit became a "class action * suit. meaning that it represented all present and past inmates — vt!to could com plain about overcrowded jail conditions, Renner said
Iii federal lawsuits such as this, "what starts oft as a relatively minor tiling gets full blow ii w hen the1 attorneys get involved," said
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Hit? star nmiks the site the county has chosen for a new jail the corner of San Antonio Street and Water Lane. An earlier map in correctly placed the site catty cornered from the actual nine acre tract The fail will be built with $3 9 million iii bonds if the voters approve a bond issue Saturday
Witness says Ortiz threatened to kill himInside
At presstime Friday, defense counsel was making a stab at discrediting the state's key w itness, Gerardo Orlgel Perez, in the trial of Juun Ramon Ortiz
During Friday’s mid morning break, Perez and Ortiz exchanged words Chief Prosecutor Iron Bankston asked Pere*, after th** break, w hat Ortiz said to him
"He said I want to talk to you. and that he was going lo kill me." Perez answered With that, defense attorney Charles Cate stood up. asked the judge to remove the jury. and hail the courtroom security personnel, Ortiz, and the Interpreter C B Garcia, testify about the exchange of words
Ortiz said fie never threatened to kill Perez, but that Pere* had tried to start a con versatlon with something like "What's hap penlng?" "I got up and tried to get Mr (* a re la I asked him if Pere* could talk to me?," Ortiz continued "Mr Garcia told rn** Perez couldn't talk to me Hey. the problem i have now , why would I want to bang myself
Garcia t«s*k th** stand, and said Ortiz told Pere*, "I want to talk to you." but added he never beard the defendant threaten the wit ness
Sheriff’s Deputy VI W Massey said he heard Ortiz suy "ITI get even with you," and then Per**/, said w hy or what, more w ith lits hands than with words
"That's when J attempted to get in between them." Massey said He then told Ortiz to stop in Spanish
The bailiff. Frank Dees, testified he heard Ortiz say something ilk** "I want to talk to you." ami added that be had bi ask Ortiz three times to sit down Ortiz is on trial for tin* murder of Ramon Turf ion. 15, one of four Kl Salvadorans who were bound and shot at close rang** along the Brazos River last July The other aliens who died were Pablo Perles Flores, 19. Jose AnescioGuzman, 25, and Mlsasel Turcio, 17
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Plentiful pools change swim program
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Times have changed since Paul Davis last sat in the mayor's seat at Garden Ridge
In the formative days of the ll year-old city, Davis remembers training lifeguards in backyard pools for a communitywide youth swimming program. All it took was the cooperation of a few homeowners At certain times each week, "every kid in Garden Ridge went swimming," Davis said
Now back in office, with summer coming up, he'd thought of trying something of the sort
again But the town’s a lot bigger than it was "You know how many pools we've got in this city'* Fifty-six," he told the (Tty Council Wednesday night "I don’t think we need the same kind of program we had before."
Instead. Davis will open Red Cross lifesaving classes for up to 24 young trainees on May 16 The classes wdll be held at 4 p m in the mayor’s backyard pool, and will be offered to children who have swimming pools at their own houses
"We would encourage parents, with a lifeguard on duty, to feel safer inviting more children over to swim," Davis saidToday's Weather
This afternoon will be partly cloudy and warm, with winds from the south at KMB miles per hour and gusty. Tonight will be mostly cloudy, with south winds near IS mph. Saturday will be sunny, windy and warm, with breezes shifting to the west-northwest at 20 25 mph by mid day. Sunset today wlii be at 8:13 pm. and sunrise Saturday at 6:44 a.rnRangers Champs
On the strength of an 8-2 victory over Cole, Smithson Valley rode into the throne room in the District 26 3A baseball race Thursday. The win. which gives the Rangers a 6-0 district murk, ensures them of their first baseball crown in the school s history Sports. Pac)* 7AUnicorns in First
The New Braunfels Unicorns eked out a 2-1 win over the Hays Consolidated Rebels
Thursday to move into a tie for first with
Fredericksburg in District 13 AA Sports.
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Unemployment rate declined in April
WASHINGTON (AR) - The civilian unemployment rate dipped slightly to 10.2 percent in April, matching tin* level of last September, as a burgeoning business recovery created some
360.000 Jobs, tin* Labor Department sani today
It was the second decline in as many months and 0.8 percent below the post Depression high of ll)> percent set In December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
Matching the decline in the overall rate was a decrease in the rosier of those officially listed hy the government as unemployed That total fell from 11,381,000 to
A separate unemployment rate, which includes a constant I 7 million military personnel Stationed in th** United States, remained ut IO I percent
Th** civilian unemployment rate is based on a monthly Census Bureau survey of 60,000 U S households The April survey showed that total civilian em ployment Jumped sharply from 99 I million, where it had st*>od essentially unchanged since October, to more than 99 4
Recovery from previous recessions lias been followed by u rupld expansion OI tile labor force as jobless Americans, believing hiring prospects were improved, renewed their search for work.
Before April, however, there had been no such quick spurts iii tile number of job seekers this time. even though signals have abounded that there is at least a moderate business turn around underway.
A separate government survey of non agricultural business payrolls last month showed that total employment in this category, which includes most workers, went up by 260.IMM) ♦ from HS 9 million to nearly M9 2 million
The hulk Of the 360,000 jobs created last month, ti*** report showed, went to adult women, Willis** jobless rate tell from 8,8 percent to 8 4 percent
The jobless rat** for adult men. ti)** traditional family bread winners, rose by 0.2 percent to 9 8 percent, however
One of the brightest spots in Usiays report was a statistic showing continued improvement in the number of hours put In by the nation's factory workers The average workweek rose to 40.1 hours, tin* highest level since June 1981, before the recession set in
Similarly, the number of workers forced to accept only part time hours because full-time work was not available declined by roughly 120,000.
Within the various population
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