New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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This afternoon will be mostly cloudy, warm and humid. Tonight and Saturday will be much the same, with winds from the southeast at KMB miles per hour. Sunset today will be at 8:16 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at 6.39 a. rn.SAN ANTONIOSpurs, Lakers tangle
The San Antonio Spurs, after splitting their two games In Los Angeles, come home to the Convention Center and their enthusiastic fans for Game 3 of their playoff
series against the Lakers. For those of you without tickets (ifs sold out), the game will be televised locally. Sports, Pegs SA
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Justice Department here; striker pleads guilty
The protest picture surrounding the 10-year probated sentence given to William Dale Savage has reached the United States Justice Department.
Houston conciliator Efraln Martinez and Kd Dancause out of Dallas, both with the Department's Community Relation Service, came to New Braunfels to ’ clear the lines of communication," Martinez said Thursday.
Instead of answering specific questions, the two men spoke around them. "We're here to assist communication in dealing with the racial Issues. We analyze the situation, for Instance." Martinez said. like what needs to be done for Monday's hearing, details on the number of people who can bt* In the courtroom.
the logistics of Main Plaza w hether It will be blocked off or not. things Uke that ”
Judge Robert Pfeuffer has scheduled a hearing for 9 30 a rn Monday to nile on a motion for a special prosecutor, filed by the Committee of Justice for All Savage was tried and placed on probation for killing Ruben Sauceda Sr but the group wants Savage prosecuted on pending Indictments for Sam eda's wife and two small children
Despite a hunger strike by Jail Inmates and the Committee's picketing the courthouse District Attorney Hill Schroeder has blatantly refused to further prosecute Savage
Is the protest a racial issue or an Issue of Justice as Committee
members and their attorneys claim? Neither Martinez or Dancause w ould get specific, but Dancause said. "There is no cookbook recipe for situations like this We're just trying to get a handle on local folks' per spectres, and tin* communication so far has expressed feelings that need to be dealt with "
"We’ve talked to persons who feel the two Issues are connected That s their perception and Ifs our duty to address that perception."Martinez stated
And what about beyond Monday's hearing" "Monday aside, we're at tempting to come up with activities to better the overall situation here
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 92 No. 95
18 Pages 2 Sections
May 13. 1983 25 cents
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Ortiz handed 15-year term
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
Juan Ramon Ortiz, found guilty Wednesday of murdering Roman Turcloa last July, was sentenced to 15 years In prison by a Comal County Jury Thursday
Sobbing so hard his words were barely audible Ortiz took the stand Thursday and denied killing Turcloa, one of four Kl Salvadorans shot ut clos** range along the Brazos River July 4 He told hla attorney that he didn t even reeognlze the people who had testified against him for a week and a half
While In jail last summer, Ortiz said he had been threatened by the only convicted member of the Los Tejus smuggling gang "Jorge Alfredo Munoz Rodriguez told me he had many brothers out there, and lf I opened my mouth. I might leave the jail but not the graveyard," o r 11 z said Rodriguez was sentenced lo four
concurrent 20-year prison terms Jan 13.
"When the detectives first arrested me. they said, 'Okay. we know you're not the one, but you know who dbl it * So they beat me arui treated nu* very badly." Ortiz satd through the court in terpreter
In closing arguments Thursday, Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney Don Bankston accused Ortiz of shedding "crocodile tears ’ while on the stand "Those tears weren't for Ramon Turclos, they were for Juan Ortiz "
Bankstons first assistant. Bernard Hobson, said there was nothing w rong with feeling sorry for Ortiz wife and children, who were present In the courtroom "But think long and Ira rd about feeling sorry for Juanlllo — a convicted murderer
"We learned today he's a
He* ORTIZ. Rage IO %
Sure, cactuses do* thorny But so are roses, and no one ever drought drat detracted from their beauty Perhaps the man was actually looking at
pot My pear blossoms when he wrote "The Yellow Rose of Texas
No complaints here
NBISD tax rate hearing gets underwhelming response from residents
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
(ilyn < luff stood outstep New Braunfels High School Thursday night, watching the sunset and watting for a public that never came
I kicking an audient e. the board of trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District adjourned Its public tax hearing at M 15 p rn — 15 minutes after It start ed
But Uoff. NBISD tax assessor collector, decided to wall around until x 30 p rn since last year one person showed up after the hearing had been adjourned and after Golf had already gone home
Goff's walt Thursday, however, was in vain since no one ever
showed up fur the hearing which was called to give the public a chance to complain or ask question! about NHISD's proposed tax rate for the iuhh m school year
Earlier this week school board president Margy Waldrlp got on** phone call from a patron com plaining about Increased taxes But that s the closest the district came to having an audience Thursday night The district Is promising a 90 39 cent tax rate per SUSI valuation Of this. 57 *9 cents will go for the district s maintenance and operation and 32 5 cents will go for bonded indebtedness
That bonded indebtedness now Includes the addition of $h 85 million In new bonds which voters approved In NHISD's May 3rd
That approval means a new elementary school will be con strut ted current facilities will be upgraded, all schools will lie air
Earlier this week, school bourd president M.irgy Waldnp got one phone call ♦rom a patron complaining about increased taxes But that s the closest the district came to having an audience Thursday night.
conditioned and th** ad ministration of NBISD will get a new office with the $x HS million The addition of the fie MA million
figure to th** district's honied Indebtedness a *1 *1***1 ap proximately 20 cents to th** new tax rate District officials wen* proposing a tax rut** of 7o cents had the total bond package not passed
NBISD Business Manager Lonnl** Curtis said th** proposed 90 39 cent rate w ill bring in slighlty less than 3 percent more revenue than last year's 97 * cut tax rat** He’s estimating that this year's total tax revenue will amount to $2,2X3.902 and next year’s at $2,442,966
The additional revenue ut
$159,054, however, will probably not be enough to meet Unproposed 1983-M4 $10 million
budget, h** saiil This year's
budget amounts to $9 7M million
Curtis told trustees that they
would have to eventually decide "how much you want to cut out of th** budget or out of the district'> reserve i funds I I sing reserve funds to meet the proposed budget was not his top cholee, however, since these are th** district's emergency funds
Depending on what th** stat** legislature decides, th** district may have to pay additional local funds for tea* hers salaries But even if the state doesn't call lot an Increase, each year MUSI) teachers move up a pay grad** meaning their sa la rn Ties iii (•reuse, ('til tis said The business manager Is also expecting the district's group health insurance rates will be increased this next year, since h< said Ifs been three years since such an boreas.Stripper bares all for House
Al STIN (Aft A lawmaker w hose mischievous colleagues paid a st ripper lo perform for him says they apparently did not know what kind *1 dancer they had hired for th** practical joke The gyrating woman suggestively stripped down to a (J-string and pasties In a public lobby of th** Texas Capitol Thursday a* Rep David Putromdla. I) Houston, sat w atching, red faced and smiling House Speaker Gib Lewis condemned th** stunt as In 'very poor last* ". .Hid said tho*** responsible had apologized
"I don't think they realized It was going to he that kind of stripper, said I'atrouella, who celebrated his 2Hth birthday Thursday and was th** victim ut th** intended Joke ‘ Sh** was a little more suggestive than I think anybody would have Intended Ile said the stunt took bim "completely by surprise Th** Incident occurred during th** afternoon when th** Hon e was in session I was asked bv a lobbyist to come outside I thought I was going to see a constituent," fatmnella said instead, he was asked to sit Iii a chair in th* lobby outside the House chambers and a shapely blonde dressed in black appeared and begin to perform bumps and grinds directly In front of I ‘a I rom* Ila
A crowd ringed the couple amt watched in amazement as tile woman took off her clothes w hit** making suggestive movements at times less than an inch In front of I 'at ronetitt’s lace
Rep < ’ha lies » Ll inly I >
Mesquit** acknowledged til,it about lo fellow House member hail chipped in $5 aph** ** to pay for the stunt
"It was to he a practical J«* e. • * tart it got a little out ot hand It was an embarrassment to the House Nom* of US wen interested In embarrassing the met* ber dup of til** House ot David t > that extent * Lindy said
I*atronella said later . was embarrassed by th** incident and said Much antics should take plat «
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Friday the 13th
So You Feel Lucky?
That's not a wise feeling to have on Friday the 13th, according to superstition Rather, ifs a day to run frantically to your insurance agent to check your hospitalization coverage should the dreaded black cat cross your path Don't run under any ladders on the way, either.
Superintendent field narrows to four
Th** list Is narrowing From th** original 101 appui ants applying for th** position of superintendent of the New Braunfels Independent School District, four finalists remain
The school district Is hoping to hire one of these four — whose names were not released — by June I to replace retiring Supt O K "fete" Hendricks Hendricks will retire June 30 from the post he’s held since I960
During an executive session Thursday night, the four male candidates were recommended to the school board by Trustee Rudy Relrner, head of the three man committee appointed to review applicants.
Of th** im applicants, which Included a few female applicants, Relmer’s committee Interviewed IO Following two hour Interviews with each of the IO, the committee chose four to recommend to the school board
"It was tough cutting" the list of IO since "all were well qualified Individuals But these four gentlemen have a little more to offer In our en vironment." said Rcimer.
The board has set meetings for May 19 and 21 for final Interviews with the four. A time limit of three hours has been set for each of these Interviews which will be conducted In executive session, Reinter said
Three of the four candidates now reside In lit** San Antonio or Dallas regions of th** state and the fourth is from out of state, although he has lived In Texas, Reinter said
The ages of th** four men which he said "are very well qualified and ex perlenced" range from 38 to 49 Reinter added
All four, who are presently superintendents In other school districts, have "kept up" with the happenings of the New Braunfels school district — Including the recent passage of an $h K5 million bond package. Reinter said
During preliminary interviews,
Kellner s < <imn.litre learned til.it Un candidates were quit** Impressed w itll th** N BISI * school system, will* ii they said "has a good reputation state wide.’ KeJmer noted
Hendricks announced his retirement plans during an executive session of tin* achoo I hoard In January His resignation, however, was not publicly announced or accepted tty th*- board until Feb 15
At that time Hendricks said there was no particular reason why he wanted to step down from the post of superintendent other than to say thul in* w as ready to ret lr**
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