New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp,Manslaughter charges filed in wake of tragic crash
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A 22-year-old San Antonio man spent Thursday night in Comal County Jail after being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter earlier in the day.
William Dale Savage, a private stationed at Fort Sam Houston, was arrested by New Braunfels Police Lt. Felix Roque at ll:20 a m.
at the military base. The four charges were in connection with the deaths of a New Braunfels family Oct. 30.
Ruben Sauceda Sr., his wife Ortencia, their 23 month-old daughter and ll month-old son, were all struck from behind by Savage’s Volkswagen on U.S. Highway 81 as they walked to the Y Cafe late Saturday night. Sauceda Sr. was dead at the scene. The children were pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital, and the mother, who was
also five months pregnant, died early Sunday morning in a San Antonio hospital.
Savage was booked on four involuntary manslaughter charges in the county jail at 2:52 p.m., where he was still confined as of presstime Friday. Bond was set at $7,500 for each count, or $30,000 total, by Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Friday the Savage case will be presented to the Comal County Grand Jury Tuesday, Nov. 9.
“I certainly learned a lesson last year,” Schroeder said. “Since the Patrick case, I have demanded a blood test on questionable accidents where lives are lost. Believe me, this one will be handled differently than Patrick was.”
The district attorney was referring to a tragic accident last year about this same time, when Debra Patrick of Houston lost control of her car on a River Road curve, and killed two people sleeping in their tent.
Patrick was given one year of deferred adjudication probation, meaning if she kept out of trouble for one year, the offense would be stricken from her record.
In the Oct. 30 incident, Savage was charged with driving while intoxicated, with any future charges pending on results of a blood test taken the night of the accident. Once the blood test results were confirmed, Schroeder made the decision to go ahead with four counts of involuntary manslaughter.
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
During its 21-year existence, Wlustiest has grown to such an extent that few know or remember how the first sausage festival, which it was then called, came about
One local man, however, has vivid memories of the first Wurstfest — as well he should It was his idea.
Wurstfest, which orginated in December, 1961 as a small one-day celebration, was Hie brainchild of Dr. EA. Grist, who at that tune was a veterinarian and the city’s meat inspector.
‘‘Every conununity has got something to offer to others and if meat is all we’ve got, then we’ll take a link of sausage and wrap it around the nation to let them know we’re here,” Grist said in the nud-1960s in explaining the rationale of Wurstfest.
Today Grist still feels that sausage — which became the focus of this festival that has now gained world-wide attention — is one of the best things New Braunfels has to offer.
All small communites like to have a local identity to be identified or known through,” Grist noted in a recent interview. “Ours happens to be sausage.”
“New Braunfels has long been known as the beauty spot of Texas,” the 67-year-old former County Sanitarian said. “This Wurstfest) is the added dressing to what’s already here.”
Since the German people first settled here in the 1800s. sausage has always been a part of New Braunfels’ history. German settlers had been making sausage long before they arrived here. But once settled in this area they learned even more about the art of preserving meat from the Indians, said Grist
Coming up with the idea of using sausage as the center of attention for a town celebration came about quite naturally to Grist The idea was a result of his association with the town’s ' dozen or so” sausage manufacturers rn his work as the city meat inspector.
Grist’s orgmal idea in holding a "sausage week,” climaxed by a one-day sausage festival, “was to focus attention on these local merchants who produced sausage.
“The idea was to fill rn the gap with merchants between the off-sununer season and Christmas when business was usually slack,” Grist explained, “...to promote income to those type of people during that time.”
He appeared before City Council rn August, 1961 suggesting that Dec. 11-16 of that year be designated as sausage week.
“During this week the producers and merchants (were) to display all types of sausage made in and around New Braunfels, to be climaxed by a sausage supper for the public,” Grist proposed at that meeting, according to the minutes
Grist’s recommendation was approved by Mayor Joseph Faust, who proclaimed the first sausage week and noted ‘‘...and upon its success (it is) hoped that the festival be an annual affair.”
Grist was appointed chairman of the first
Unemployment rate breaks post-war high
Dr. E.A. Grist crowns E P. Nowotny as "Mr. Overstuffed Bologna' in 1961
Grist recalls beginnings of Wurstfest
WASHINGTON (AP) The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 10.4 percent in October as joblessness among blue-collar and full-time workers shattered the post-war records set only a month before, the I^abor Department said today.
Nearly 300,000 people joined the jobless rolls last month, swelling the unemployment total to 11.6 million.
Overall, the department reported, seasonally adjusted unemployment rose 0.3 percentage point, from September’s 10.1 percent to 10.4. Since the economy fell into recession in the late summer of 1981, some 3.7 million people have lost their jobs.
The Bureau of I.abor Statistics’ survey of some 60,000 households showed that hardly a segment of the population escaped the deteriorating employment picture.
Blue-collar workers, hard-hit by business failures, plant closings and slumping sales, registered a 15.9 percent unemployment rate, up 0.3 percentage point from September and the highest since such figures were first compiled in 1948
Joblessness among full-time workers spurted from 10.1 percent to 10.5 while the rate for part-time workers stood at IO I. down from 10.5 percent.
“We have never had the rate for full-time workers exceed that for part-time workers," noted bureau analyst Deborah Klein. "I think that’s clearly a sign of the recession and its impact on the durable goods i manufacturing I sector,”
The jobless rate among construction workers alone reached 23 percent, a new high.
For other population categoi les, new jobless peaks were reached for:
—Adult men, 9.8 percent, up from 9.6.
—Adult women, 8.6, up from 8.3.
—Whites, 9.3, up from 9.0.
—Hispanics, 15.2, up from 14.6.
—Married men, 7.6, up from 7.3.
F’or blacks unemployment held steady at the record 20.2 percent reached in September.
Teenage unemployment rost 0.3 percentage point, to 24.0 percent, matching previous record highs.
At the White House, spokesman l.arry Speakes said President Reagan is '‘sympathetic and concerned about the difficulties of those who are unemployed” but does not intend to alter his economic policies.
Speakes said Reagan believes his program of tax and spending cuts “will bring results in unemployment in the in the near future. ... We are confident that unemployment will begin to come down."
Texans hail windfall profits tax decision
Grist recalls how it all got started
festival’s planning committee by the mayor. And he did such a good job that for six years after that he was re-appointed to head up the project.
Joining Grist on that first committee were Harley Schulz, Charlie Schwainkrug, Joe Chapman, Kermit Krause, Alphonse Oberkampf and Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the Chamber of Commerce, now in charge of Wurstfest.
Not named to that committee, however, was the one person who Grist said assisted him the most in planning that first festival — his wife Betty. “I guess you could call her my manager,” he laughed.
Needless to say, the festival turned out to be even more successful than Grist hoped, although it bore little resemblance to the current festival.
“The first Wurstfest was a little thing. People came from neighboring areas only,” Grist said. "Then word spread and publicity broke.”
Orginally scheduled for luanda Park, the first festival had to be moved to the National Guard Armory due to bad weather. And because it was held on government property no alcoholic beverages were allowed.
Approxunately 1,500 to 2,000 local residents attended that one-day event where sausage-making contests, exhibits and displays were exhibited, Grist said. And like today’s Wurstfest, that first celebration included a lot of merriment — in the form of singing, dancing and food.
Reflecting on the growth of Wurstfest and the Wurstfest Association, Grist said he “had no idea" how successful and accepted an annual sausage event would become to the town.
See WURSTFEST, Page 16
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A federal judge’s decision calling the socalled windfall profits tax unconstitutional is "way past due" and will be a boon to the oil and gas industry if the ruling holds up through the appeals process, Texas oilmen and state officials say.
U S. District Judge Ewing T. Kerr in Cheyenne, Wyo., on Thursday ruled that the tax — which specifically exempts oil produced in Alaska — violates a constitutional requirement that all taxes be applied uniformly.
Kerr said the more than 30 plaintiffs in the suit should get back the windfall profits taxes thay paid between March and December 1980, but added the government should continue collecting the tax until a higher court reviews his decision.
Rep. Kent Hance, a Lubbock Democrat whose bill to repeal the windfall profits tax
is pending in Congress, cautioned that the oilmen’s fight is far from over.
“Now we reach the second stage,” he said. “You know the government will appeal it, and if we continue to win. you know there’s going to be members of Congress that will re-introduce the windfall profits tax to apply it to all states, including Alaska
"Then comes the true colors of President Reagan, who campaigned in Texas that the tax should be abolished Because if a new law is passed by Congress, he will have an opportunity to veto it. And I wwould hold him to that promise," he said from Austiin, where he was attending a dinner.
Julian Martin, executive director of the West Texaas Oil and Gas Association, which is involved in the suit, said the ruling is "a realization that the tax is an unfair special excise tax."
"We welcome this as great news, lifting the tax will release money for exhilaration and development at a time when we really need it,” he said. “Our industry has joined the recession with a vengeance, and this ruling will help turn that around.”
For J. Frank Stringer, president of Stringer Oil and Gas in San Angelo, the news was so good he said he could hardly believe it.
"It will stimulate exploration activity,” he said “It will put money in the pockets of not only the producers, but the landowners, ranchers, farmers — everybody.”
Ed Thompson, executive vice president of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, said the ruling was “way past due." The association joined with the Independent Petroleum Association of
See PROFITS, Page 16
Protest may be aired on Precinct 4 results
Canyon I .ake businesswoman I Ans Duggan planned to appear before Commissioners Court Friday morning to protest die court’s certification of a portion of ballots cast in Tuesday’s general election.
Duggan, who ran in the Republican primary last May for precinct 4 county conumssioner, was going to ask the court that they not certify the votes cast in the precinct 4 county
According to unofficial voting totals, Canyon I .ake resident Bill George won that race over incumbent County Commissioner OR Heitkamp, a Democrat.
George, a Republican, defeated Duggan by 19 votes in the GOP prunary.
See ELECTION, Page 16