New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
West End residents ponder suit on jail site
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
There's another lawsuit in the air and a^ain it concerns the county jail.
A disgrunted group of Hispanic citizens who oppose the county building a jail on its chosen Water I .ane site talked Thursday nifctht of obtaining an injunction to stop the county's plans
County commissioners. County Judge Fred ‘ lark and Sheriff Walter Fellers met with approximately 80 of
the city’s West End residents Thursday at Holy Family Church to answer questions about the jail plans The result of the session was Clark and commissioners defending the site they’ve chosen for the 100-inmate jail. which the county is legally required to build by August. 1985 From statements made by the crowd and from a show of hands held up in protest of the jail site, it was obvious that the group was unhappy with the county's plans.
Currently the county is negotiating
to obtain a nine-acre tract on Water I .ane off West San Antonio Street.
Following numerous questions, one member of the group asked Clark what could be done to stop the county’s plans for building on Water I-ane.
Nothing, unless you go to court and get an injunction.” was Clark s response. ‘ We're not hen to say that we’re going to change the site...we're not able to reverse the vote it s going to be built there.”
The judge then pointed out that a
majority of the voters approved the construction of the jail on Water lane in the county's May 7th $3.9 million bond election.
But Fzequiel “Cheque" Torres, w ho spoke out a great deal, contended that county officials had "not informed the people” of the county's jail plans.
"I disagree,” Clark responded. It (the jail I was given a great deal of publicity.” through newspaper and radio reports, he said. "It was available to you."
Torres argued, however, that "not
one in 20 people ton the West End) read the newspaper and they don't listen to the radio , because they don't understand English.”
Thursday’s meeting was the direct result of a petition turned into Commissioner Charles "Tart” Mund last week The 268 people signing it voiced opposition to the Water bine jail site. Their main concerns were that the jail would lower their property values and generate additional traffic in their neighborhoods.
In response, Clark and Mund
repeatedly noted Thursday that the proposed 100-inmate jail would not be an eyesore and would like more like an office building than a a jail To prove their point they held up a large architect’s drawing of the what they propose the completed jail would look like
Mund also pointed out that the Water lame land is commercially zoned such that "a lot worse things that are not near as nice could be
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T exas twisters take eight lives
HOUSTON Apl Eight people perished, dozens were hurt and damages were the worst we have seen” as perhaps 15 tornadoes ami high w inds sliced through southeast Texas in the predawn darkness today
The National Weather Service confirmed five tornadoes hit the area between 2 a in. and 6 a in COT and said it had reports of three other possible twisters A Department of Public Safety aerial survey found evidence of as many as 15 tornadoes through the area, said DPS Et larry Snider in Houston
Utility company officials estimated 100,000 jieople were without electric power, hundreds of utility poles were down and "two or three" of Houston's huge, high-voltage steel towers were crumpled by the winds
"This is the worst damage we have seen that was not associated with a hurricane, said Graham Painter, a spokesman for Houston Lighting and Power, which serves a wide area of Houston and beyond.
"This is the worst damage we have seen that was not associated with a hurricane,” said Graham Painter, a spokesman for Houston Lighting and
Power, which serves a wide area of Houston and beyond
Waller County sheriff’s officers, just northwest of Houston, report two trailer pal k residents, a 15-year-old boy neai Prairie View and an 8-year-old girl near Sunnyside, were killed when a tornado blew away their homes
Both burlies were found 50 to Bl) feet from their trailers,” said a sheriffs dispatcher, who declined to give his name lh also declined to name the vu tuns In the Washington County community of Phillipsburg, one jierson diet! when a mobile home ov ort limed, Snider said Montgomery County Sfieriff Joe Corley, surveying the damager from a Department of Public Safety helicopter, said two people died in the New Caney-
Porter area, 12 people were hospitalized and damage w as extensive.
I just came down out of the chopfier and we've got a lot of work to do.’ Colley said "We estimate about 350 homes were damaged From the air, it looks like there were three tornadoes iii a three-mile area around New Caney and Porter, and each one cut a quarter-mile path Corley identified the dead as Angela Hawkins Morgan and Bob Wagner, but did not know their ages or the details of how they died lie said an earlier report that three were killed in Montgomery County turned out to be inaccurate Several businesses were damaged or destroyed from winds and hail the size of golf balls or larger. Corley said Trees were uprooted and power lines were felled, flooding was widespread and several bridges were out, he said liberty Police Chief Fred Clements said an elderly man was killed when a tree fell on his mobile home in the South IJ borty oilfield. Clements said the man s name could not be released because his wife fuel not been notified A north Houston girl, identified as Kelly Hut!) Handsborough, 5. was killed when a tree collapsed on the liedroom of tier home, said Houston E ire I Apartment spokesman John Valentine A Klein girl, (Benda McCoy, 14. died in the wreckage of her trailer house, said her 16-year-old brother. Allen "Ms sister was pinned up under a bed." he said I list wokeup w hen the trailer started rolling Residents in northwest Houston turned in "12 to 13" tornado reports, sheriff's Corp Tom Twar* dew sky said
We had a lot of stiong heavy winds that took off roofs anti knocked down trees, but you can't really say whether they wert' from a tornado” because of darkness. Twardowsky said
Public safety officers reported tornadoes or high winds over a I OO-tnt Ie-wide area surrounding Houston, leaving hundreds homeless Emergency shelters were set up in New Caney, Klein, Hempstead in W aller <Anility arid at a Houston apartment complex where 133 of the >13 apartment units wei e reported damaged.
Painter said most of the damage was iii tile nor* thw ester ii part of I lams ('aunty
It looks like a war out there and we lost," fie said
A tree* crunched this River Bend mobile homeHigh winds whip area
By DYANNEf RY Staff writer
Other Texas towns fared worse, but trees and roofs were tin main * asualties of Friday morning’s storm in New Braunfels It blew in a few minutes before midnight Thursday. raged approximately one hour, and dumped almost an inch of ram on Comal County before daw n.
Residents of River Bend, a mobile home suf>-division on the southeastern outskirts of town, were out with chainsaws early this morning. A towering hackberry with a three-foot trunk went down on one street, blocking .ill traffn and two or three front yards as well.
“We've got a tree down here, limbs down over there," said one resident, dragging away branches ,r tiles were cut from Hie massive trunk “On the other side, over in Placid Cove, there’s a tree in the living room of a trailer I heard I haven't been over there
I .anda Park lost tw o trees about that size. too, said Court Thieleman, director of Parks and Recreation for tilt City of New Braunfels City Manager E N Delashumtt reported limbs across the road on Torrey Street and Market Plaza Some crashed into |>ower lines, causing scattered outages during tile night Thieleman said lightning struck a line iii front of hrs house on Merriweather SII • et, and the nearest utility pole caught fire
Utilities and Public Works crews have been out since I a iii , try ing to clean lip the damage. They were still working at press time The Ut‘mid Zwtunq couldn’t get a wind speed report fin this area, hut San Antonio reported velocities tip iii 61 miles per hour at the airport. A Hondo wl ather station reported 66 mph.
I hiiTeman said the tin roof from one of the dugouts at the Common Street ball field was “picked straight up and set down on a chant link fence about 25 yards away ” Usually. Thieleman said, a bad wind will tear a tin roof off iii chunks that happened to the bistort! Hillman House mi Castell Avenue i and roll it across the ground, crumpling it up a bit Thu* roof was set dow ii intact
You could still see the nails.” said Thieleman Johnny Castilleja repotted a 30-year-old oak tree w as just mow cd d<»w if iii Ins father's y aril at 442 K. North.St,
There were two of them, side by side, said Castilleja, who lives across the street “(The wind) got pretty loud over bere, but I had no idea it was going to knock my dad‘s tree dow ii
Gomez re-indicted after 99-year term reversed on appealInside
By Of BBH Del OATH Staff writer
Amaldo i .ome/ was sentended to 99 years in prison in 1978 for attempted murder. The Court «*f Criminal Appals recently overturned his conviction, and the Comal County Grand Jury has responded by reindicting him.
Gomez, now residing iii the ( amal County Jail. was indicted Wednesday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon < enhanced I, and burglary of a habitation (enhanced i
"Yep. we got 99 years in 19.8 for the attempted murder of Hat Gonzales, who saw (ion ie/ iii connection with a break in of a house near a local nursery,” District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Friday. ‘ The conviction was overturned on pure semantics ”
Hack when Gomez was convicted. an indictment only had to show an attempt was made on another per-son's life “The attempt was all we had to allege So the indictment read, an attempt to cause the death of Fat Gonzales by stabbing bun with a knife,”’ Schroeder went on. "Then the appellate court decided there had to be a showing of a wound somewhere in the evidence But there was no wound in this case.
“In other words, if Gomez fuul cut Gonzales, even scratched him, we’d have lieen in business We work our buns off to get .i ‘49-year conviction, and some bingo head makes up something like this It s enough to make a prosecutor dingy,” Schroeder said, shaking his head
If Gomez is convicted on lite enhanced aggravated assault charge, ‘the most fie can get now is I we* to 20 years," Schroeder added.
Iii other grand jury indictments, half of the indicted individuals were (barged with Driving While Intoxicated subsequent offense I hey included George U Chapa of 124 Glenbrook, two counts; Gilbcrto Charles l»pez of ABC Cottage Apt. 14, Seguin, Randall William WocmI of 786 Grucne Road, Charles W Tucker of Box 891, Cameron; Carlos Garcia of Route I, Box 140. New Braunfels; Daniel lw*e Welter of 233 Rhine Terrace; and Robert William Green of 106 Cliffwood, Corpus Christi Daniel Wayne Jackson, transferred from the Texas Department of Corrections along with Gomez, was indicted on two counts of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft Jerri I we Claudme Young of 2834 Roosevelt, San Antonio, was also
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It will be cloudy today and tonight, with a chance of thunderstorms, some possibly severe A slight chance of thundershowers exists for Saturday morning, turning partly cloudy by the afternoon. Winds will be easterly at 10-lb mph today. Sunset will be at 8:19 pm., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6 33a in Probability of rain is 30 percent today, 40 percent tonight and 20 percent Saturday.Unicorns Kick Mules
Armando Martinez dazzled Alamo Heights with a one-hit shutout, and the Unicorns ( ame up with two runs in the fifth inning to t>cat the Mules iii their playoff series Thursday Details in SportsGame 6 Tonight
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County backs bill seeking control of Edwards pumping
Gov Mark White will soon be getting a letter from (’oi i la I (’ommissioner s i oui t
At the request of the New Braunfels ('handier of Coil ll lier ce, the court agreed Thursday to support proponed legislation concerning the Edwards Underground Watei District
The legislation would givc KUWI) the authority to control and-or regulate water withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer when such withdrawals ai* transported outside the district' s boundaries Identical lulls calling fot this legislation has c ta en passed by Ute Texas Senate House of Kepi* an latices and Senate
All that is needed now to make it law is the governor’s signature, I) J George, chairman of tin Chamber's Natural Water Resources Committee told commissioners
Noting that the legislation is a .top iii th* 11. iii direction," Commissioners Court adopted a resolution in .support of the legislation and agreed i ■ send a letter to the governor urging him to also support it
In April Chamber members, including George, testified before the Texas Senate Intergovei amental Relations Committee stating that it i imperative that the legislature provide a means of controlling additional pumpage to areas outside the El WD ‘ We understand that withdrawals of ail kinds will .shortly In* approaching Ute Uh* average annual redial gc As usage continues to use du* to iii creased population, business, recreational, in dustrial and agricultural growth, tin* need bu conservation becomes even more vital, acc ording to George'* written statement given to the Senate committee
Iii addition to approving the El WD legislation
resolution, commissioners took action on .several other items Thursday The court approved a $%0 budget amendment for Precinct 3 Justice of th* Peace Fred Stewart for the purchase til a new typewriter for his office Currently Stewart's office has a small portable machine, hut it is not adequate* to do the job hi* needs a heavy duty typewriter," County Auditor Bate Bond said The money foi tile new mat lune will come out of th* court's contingency fund. which as of T hursday amounted to approximately $79,178, Bond saidCounty roundup
In athel business, the court looked ut three county subdivision plats Sketc h approval was granted to Bi and Ranch Subdivision, located iii precinct I north and cast of the intersection of Highway 46 and U S 281 Approximately 2 tH acres are beng divided into 24 lots i aug,mg in size from 2 to38 4 acres
Another precinct I subdivision was also considered and given sketch approval The court approved the vac ating and ^subdividing of lots 17 and lh iii Whitson Mi Subdivision as presented by ( aunty Surveyed Woody Cash The new lots wail number 1-13
Sketch approval was also grunted to the master plan of ( \ press ( ov *■ Subdivision, Unit 12, located iii (neemet 4 north *»l the Guadalupe River west of Canyon I-ake ileal I M 306 I he master plan included a icsulnlivision of lots 12-22 of Unit 8 rn tins subdivision.