New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
ireSavage case decision may come next week
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
It's been almost two weeks since the Attorney General’s Office accepted the role of decision-maker in the saga of William Dale Savage And an office spokesman said Friday another week could pass before lawyers decide whether Savage will bt* prosecuted further for killing a New Braunfels family of four last October
On April 14. Savage was convicted, fined $6,000, and placed on IO years probation for the
death of Ruben Sauceda Sr As they walked along Highway 81. Sauceda's pregnant wife and their two small children were also struck and killed by Savage’s Volkswagen A month-long protest of courthouse picketers, downtown marches, and jail inmate hunger strikes prompted State District Judge Carl Anderson to order the Attorney General’s Office to review the Savage case on May IO. and Jim Mattox said his office would comply. He said the investigation would take “approximately two w eeks. "
“All I can tell vou is the lawyers haven’t
reached a decision yet." said Will Rogers, a clerk in the Attorney General's Public Information Office. "They like to go over things slowly, especially with a case as important as this one, and they just can’t bt* pushed."
Rogers said Arthur Mitchell, one of three lawyers closest to Mattox in staff position, got the job of review ing Uh* Savage case. Once his review is completed. Mitchell will make a recommendation to Mattox, and Mattox' decision will then be made public.
"That (the announcement) could come as early as Wednesday or as late as Friday I just
don't have any way of saying for sure," Rogers added.
In an attempt to contact Mitchell personally, his secretary said Friday. "He just said he was still reviewing the case."
Back on May 16, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said, "I still consider myself right about the law on multiple punishments. Jim Mattox is setting a precedent that shouldn’t be set. and to have another trial, they will have to find justification.”
Rogers said Friday, "I don't think they have to find a mistake in the proceedings that
already have taken place, because a decision will involve a new trial I think they just have to make sure there’s enough evidence that the guy’s guilty of the offense, or that maybe there was some problem with the first trial."
Rick Woods, Savage’s attorney, objected to the Attorney General’s review, contending it placed his client in double jeopardy a constitutional protection against a person being tried twice for the same offense. He has also vowed to take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court if further prosecution becomes a reality.
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Leftists claim credit for adviser's murder
SAN SALVADOR. El Salvador AP A communique purporting to be from the main leftist guerrilla faction claimed responsibility for the first slaying of a V S military adviser in El Salvador The communique said the killing was in reprisal for "the criminal intervention of Yankee imperialism " But there was no confirmation of the claim, either from rebel radio stations or other sources The communique, broadcast by two private radio stations Thursday, clanned that urban commandos of die Popular Liberation Forces FPL , the largest of five rebel bands fighting the U S -backed government, killed Navy Ll Cmdr Albert A. Sehaufelberger 111 on Wednesday evening
But copies of the communique did not carry the official FPL emblem Hie groups clandestine Radio Farabundo Marti, as well as Radio Venccremos, the official voice of the five rebel bands, reported the slaying without indicatm* who was i espousing The message claimed guerilla com mandos "recovered" a pistol, a submachine gun and a radio transmitter that belonged to the slain American It also said Sehaufelberger. 33, of San Diego. Calif., was "executed" in reprisal for
MoPac crossing to be open this weekend
Those orange and white barricades across Walnut Avenue are gone for the Memorial Day weekend, lake many oilier folks, the Missouri Pacific repair crew will be taking Monday off The section between Lancia Street and the Dry Comal Creek bridge was closed off most of this week, as crews began much-needed repairs on the railroad crossing there Daytime traffic has been re-routed at I anda Street to the north, and Mill to the south The barriers will go back up on Tuesday, and railroad workers hope to finish the job sometime Wednesday, said Fred Hyden, city director of public works It all depends cm the rail traffic. They can stop the curs from going through, hut the workers can’t reroute Uh* trains.
"Every time one comes through, they have to back off the track," said Hyden They’re doing the best they can ”
U S Ambassador Deane K Hinton said Salvadoran police have t>egun an investigation and would likely receive FBI help to probe w hat he called the "shocking, c owardly murder" of Sehaufelberger, who was deputy commander of C S military advisers in El Salvador Sehaufelberger was one of 51! American noncombat military advisers training the Salvadoran armed forces in their 3*s-year-old civil war against leftist guerrillas He also was in charge of security for the American military group Before the purported claim of responsibility, Hinton implied leftists were to blame
We do not have evidence that would confirm w ho the killers were," he said, but added "You can imagine who it is in this country wh have been saying venomous things and lies about the role of the military trainers and would conceivably carry out such a terrorist act."
Schaufeibei get is the nrst Amene in adviser slain in El Salvador since the Reagan administration sent them here in 1981. In February, another adviser was wounded by groundfire while flying iii a helicopter over Usulutan province ( in Thursdav w I blesses of the slay mg at
tile Central American University campus iii San Salvador said four gunmen acting with the cool manner of professional killers murdered Sc haufelberger as fie alone wailed in his car for a w on tan friend, Consuelo Escalante, 34, manager of a faculty cooperative
The shooting net til red after far - and the street was crowded w ith vehicles, students leaving classes and other pedestrians The killers acted with shocking calm" and gave tin impression of great professionalism." one w itness said hour men in civilian clothing pulled alongside Sehaufelberger s green Chevrolet Malibu, a I S government vehicle in winch la* liad replaced the bulletproof glass window? with ordinary glass recently bec a use the air conditioner did not wot k One of them alined a revolver through an open window and fired (out lunes Three ,22-calibei Magnum hoUow-pomt, explosive bullets struck the Navy officer in the head
According to witnesses, one* of the assassins told the gunman to finish hun off "
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It will ta* partly cloudy and warm through the holiday weekend, with widely scattered afternoon and evening thundershowers Winds will ta* southeasterly ut IMO mph today Sunset will ta* at 8 23 pin, and sunrise .Saturday will be at 6 32 a iii
Memorial Day Holiday
Just another reminder well be closed Monday, Memorial Day, so ttiat our employees may enjoy tile holiday w itll their families
The legislature won’t budge on his plan to hike teacher salaries, so Mark White has come up w ith an interesting idea hold tile Railroad Commission
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I tie Dikers went foi (tic equalizer Thursday night iii Philadelphia They didn t get it. and there were no excuse*. this time I tic Sixers’ defense held Los Angeles off down the stretch, a* Philadelphia won. IHI ti;} Details in Sports
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You could say Settle; St bool students (jet a kit k out of st hoot or more accurately, a kick out of Hie annual far ulty kit khall game Above third guiders ( beer for Coach’s Cosltures, led by Hit hard Hingham, who bested Danny's Demons Id IO At left Jo Ann Robinette gets a h ic k in tor the losers who
Bingham named president of N.B. Savings and Loan
By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer
Jim Bingham, new president at New Braunfels Savings and Izuan Association, is once again finding out what ll s like to ta* lending the money instead of borrow mg it Prior to taking the position at the savings association he owned his own building and developing business in the Hryan-College Station area During that tune, he was living in New Braunfels and commuting • I was tired of so much travel and being away from my family too much,” Bingham said Over the two-and-a-half years he did that, Bingham calculated he travelled 250,OCK) miles and spent a total of 210 days on the road.
He has been involved in the banking business for most of the time since graduating from North Texas State
University in 1970. Bingham worked for banks in Houston and Baytown, as well as being an assistant national bank examiner for th** United States Comptroller of the Currency
IU* moved to New Braunfels about four years ago when he became president of Guaranty State Bank Bingham stayed there for two years before leaving to run his own business
He feels that being a developer and builder has given hun broader insight into the job of a bank president. "I know what it’s Uke being on tile other side of the desk,” he said "It has increased my understanding of being a lender.
"I’m looking forward to the challenge looking forward to it with confidence and optimism We love it here This is home to us a great place to live and raise a family," Bingham said.
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County needs new laws to use report- Clark
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County Judge Fred Clark likes the recommendations made by the County Growth and Development Committee for meeting tins area's grow til, recreation and tourist related problems Unfortunately, as he explained Thursday , the county doesn’t have the authority to carry out most of the recommendations New legislation is needed to do what the committee has suggested and the soonest Clark envisions that happening is 1986 Nonetheless, on behalf of Commissioners Court Clark accepted the committee's final 12-page report Thursday and promised committee chairman Charles Kmbbe that the report wouldn't "be put in a filing cabinet and lay there "We need to do lobbying to get what
hi* want done with the legislature. said ( lark I think the concept (of (br (i ii inuit tee’s idea i is excellent
Du committee's basic recommendation ( .ills for the establishment of a Water Oriented Recreational Area WORA) in Comal County Tins special district which the court < urrently doesn't have the authority to establish, would be administered bv tin* court and supported bv special taxes
Iii addition, the 16-member committee reeonunended that the county apply for $7 million in state and federal grants to help finance a in year, $25 million improvement program.
The grant money would go toward repair and widening county roads im heavy traffic areas; the construction <jf IO or more parking lots < equipped with restrooms and trashcansi to be nlaced in recreational areas of the
county; and the improvement of campsites, boat and canoe r amps and construction of gates to control cut i v to the W< IRA
But if ttie county cannot obtain grants, the committee offered a val lets of suggestions for raising tile $7 million
Funds could tx* obtained, the re|M»rt said. through the sale of additional county bonds va filch would mean an increase iii taxes The group also recommended that money be obtained through a "User's fee” charged to each individual visiting Hie WORA Bona fide residents" of ( omaI County would riot, however, be charged this users fee, according to the report Other recommendations for obtaining. funds included •Charging an annual vendors fee to
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