New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
HeraldZertung, New Braunfels,Texas
Wednesday, November 13,1985
Man charged in police shooting
AMARILLO (AP) — One man has been charged with capital murder and two others are being held as material witnesses in the shooting death of an Amarillo police officer.
Randall Wayne Hafdahl, 32, of Dallas, alias Jack Douglas Cone, is being held under heavy security in the Randall County jail in nearby Canyon in lieu of $250,(KH) bond,
Justice of the Peace Phil Woodall said.
District Judge George Dowlen set two $150,(KH) attachment bonds for Shawn David Terry, 22, of Denver, Colo., and Daniel Louis Helgran, 24, of Largo, Fla., who are being held as witnesses to the shooting.
The men were captured late Monday after a manhunt that spread into New Mexico.
The search began after Amarillo Sgt. James Mitchell Jr., 43, was shot in the head and chest when he approached a car that sped off an expressway and rammed into a back yard fence of a home IOO yards from the freeway, officials said.
Mitchell had just gotten off duty at 3 p.m. and was still in uniform when he was shot.
Within 45 minutes, two helicopters were in the air and hundreds of area off-duty officers were activated for the manhunt, said Ralph Fletcher, another police spokesman.
Hafdahl and Terry were arrested about six blocks from the shooting, Woodall said. Helgran was arrested in Clovis, N M., while trying to board a freight train, police said.
Woman gets probation, fine in shooting of student
DALLAS (AP) — A flamboyant, eccentric woman who got IO years probation for shooting a high school student she claimed tormented her has vowed to appeal her conviction.
Betty Minyard Stein was given the probated sentence Tuesday and fined $5,000. Immediately after the judge read her sentence, she said she would appeal.
A Dallas County jury pondered her fate for more than six hours Monday and almost three hours Tuesday before reaching a verdict on her sentence.
Earlier, the panel deliberated only about an hour before convicting her of the charge stemming from a July 24 incident in which she said she was trying to shoot out the tires of the car driven by Ward Huey III.
Huey, 18. testified she shot him in his arm after an altercation in which he cursed the woman after she told him he should be arrested for screeching his car out of a parking spot near her house.
Mrs. Stein said Huey tried to hit her with his car twice on the day of the shooting and once the day before. Other witnesses con tradicted that, however, and said she was never in danger.
Hance names campaign chairmen
AUSTIN < AP) Former U.S. Senate candidate Rob Mosbacher says he has become co-chairman of Kent Ranee s gubernatorial campaign because Hance is the Republicans’ best hope for beating Gov Mark White Mosbacher, a Houston businessman, lost the 1984 GGP nomination to Phil Gramm At the same time. Hance lost the Democratic Senate nomination to Lloyd Doggett, who was defeated by Gramm in the general election Hance, a former congressman from Lubbock, switched parties last spring But Mosbacher said Hance’s record in carrying more than 2(H) of the state’s 254 counties in the Democratic primary shows he can do better in rural areas than the other Republican candidates
Also seeking the GGP nomination are former Gov. Bill Clements, the first Republican chief executive in Texas since Reconstruction, and U S Rep Tom I^oef tier of Hunt
Church schools protest controls
AUSTIN (AP) “Freedom ’85’’ is the slogan of several Baptist church schools in Texas and elsewhere that oppose government regulation
“Only God is Over the Church,” read a sign displayed Tuesday at a rally on the front steps of the Capitol Several hundred people later marched to a nearby city park for another rally with former Marine Jim Lee leading them from his wheelchair
“Jesus is l,ord, Not Caesar.” said 4 sign displayed by Gary Wagoner, pastor of the Harvest Baptist Church of Hamptonville, NC
“This is primarly a Texas fight, but it is a national problem,” said Wiley Cameron, pastor of the Peoples Baptist Church in Corpus Christi “We are protesting the constant encroachment of government in our schools, our homes and our day care centers "
Turkey has 'dumb4 image
COLLEGE STATION, Texas < AP) Americans have been gob bling up turkeys for years, but the Thanksgiving fowl has never managed to shed its reputation for tieing stupid “They do strange things For instance, younger turkeys are so in quisitive that if you leave an empty bucket in their pen, they’ll all climb in until the bucket fills up The ones at the bottom could smother to death,’’ said William G. Cawley a poultry expert at Tex as AAM University
Mount Belvieu considering a lawsuit
MONT BELVIEU (AP) - A fire and explosion at a gas storage com plex last week was the final straw for city officials who are considering su ing companies for $125 million to make this refinery town a safer place to live.
“I think ifs drastic for people to have to get up in the middle of the night and run down the road in their night clothes,” Mont Belvieu Mayor Fred Miller said. “All we’re talking about is money here. I don’t think this (lawsuit) is drastic.”
City officials Monday authorized attorneys to sue and take whatever other action is “necessary to protect the public interests of its citizens.” The council hired the Houston law firm of Watt and White to handle the lawsuit.
John White, an attorney and partner withAhe Houston firm, said Tuesday that the city will file a motion to join an existing lawsuit filed two years ago against Warren Petroleum
Co. and seven other companies Last week, a fire and explosion at the Warren plant resulted in the deaths of two workers and forced a town evacuation The city is seeking to join about I IO Mont Belvieu residents as a plaintiff in the original suit, which is scheduled to go to trial in February, White said.
Asked why Mont Belvieu is not filing a separate lawsuit. White said, “one (reason) is we can get to trial more quickly this way. Two is that we share the same facts.”
He said he has not filed the request to join the suit “The ultimate goal of the city is to protect its citizens through whatever means available and recover damages to the city,” White said “One positive result could be improved safety procedures ”
The council approved a suit seeking at least $25 million in actual damages and $100 in punitive
Mont Belvieu, 30 miles northeast of Houston, is perched atop one of the world’s largest salt domes A dozen oil companies store gases used in petrochemical production in the dome
The Nov 5 blast at the Warren plant occurred when an underground pipeline ruptured, spewing ethane, propane, isobutane and gasoline and triggering a series of explosions and a blaze that took firefighter six hours to control.
Two welders working on the pipeline before the blast were killed Officials from Chevron, Warren’s parent company, say the exact cause of the blast is unknown, but that it may been caused by a worker cutting the wrong pipe or failing to drain the line
Last week's incident was not the first explosion in the community
In 1980, about 820 million cubic feet
of gases leaked from a Warren Petroleum underground well, forcing the evacuation of more than 70 families — some for as long as six months
Last year, a Dow Chemical Co pipeline ruptured, causing an explo sion and fire that destroyed one home and damaged four other buildings
County Commissioner Earl Porter, a former Mont Belvieu mayor and council member, said most residents who want to leave the city cannot af ford the move
“I would have moved out long ago. but I can’t afford to and neither can most of the other people living here.” he said ’’You’ve got to have in dustry, but you also have to make sure people are safe "
Council members was scheduled to meet with Gov Mark White in AustinWednesday to discuss the in dustrial hazards facing the city and possible solutions
Guideline: Keep AIDS kids in School
AUSTIN (AP) — There appears to be no reason in most cases to prohibit children suffering from AIDS from attending school, state education and health officials say.
But the final decision on admitting a student with AIDS remains up to local school district officials, said Terri Anderson, spokeswoman for the Texas Education Agency.
“The general rule of thumb is to keep the child in school if possible.” Anderson said. “This doesn’t represent any kind of statewide policy or a mandate. It’s still up the the school district to handle it however they
might wish ”
Controversy has plagued some states over whether students suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome should remain in school No cases of AIDS or related conditions have been reported in any school-age child in Texas. Anderson said
“We want to make sure the school districts have all the facts just in case they run into a situation where a child with the disease is looking to get into school.’’ she said AIDS is a disease that cripples the body’s immune system, leaving the
Senate adopts amendment to keep 21 drinking age
victim vulnerable to infections and other diseases Doctors say AIDS is most likely to strike homosexuals, abusers of injectable drugs and hemophiliacs In a joint statement, the TEA and the Texas Department of Health released guidelines Tuesday to schools on handling children with AIDS or AIDS related conditions Those guidelines appear to follow the recommendations of the national Centers for Disease Control in Allan ta. which said that in most cases there is no reason for children to be kept from school because of AIDS “Children with either AIDS or AIDS related conditions alone should not pose a risk to other children or staff in a school setting,” the Texas guidelines say “As a general rule, the child should be allowed to attend school in a regular classroom setting with the approval of the child’s physician and
should be considered eligible for all rights, privileges and services pro vided by law and local policy of each school district ”
Dr Robert Bernstein state health commissioner, said that based on the latest research, experts believe that “AIDS cannot be acquired through casual contact It is a viral infection spread by blood-to-blood contact or intimate sexual exposure ”
Because of that, the guidelines recommend that school officials ex elude children only in unusual cir cumstances. such as if a child engages in aggressive biting lacks toilet training or has open wires that can’t be covered The recommendations say most in fected children have acquired the virus from infected mothers during the perinatal period, and that the children also might become infected through transfusions of infected blood
WASHINGTON < AF) The Senate has adopted an amendment that would keep Texas’ drinking age from reverting to 19 in three years, as it would under current law.
The amendment adopted by voice vote Tuesday would make perma nent a federal law passed last year that imposes sanctions in the form of highway money cutbacks on states that do not up their drinking ag»* to 21.
In res|*>nse. the Texas Legislature raised the drinking age from 19 to 21. but said the law would remain in ef feet only as long as the sanctions, which are a 5 percent cut in federal highway construction money in fiscal year 1987 and a IO percent cut in fiscal 1988 On Sept 30, 1988, the sanctions expire. and thus so would the new Texas drinking age The law could revert to 19 earlier if a court overturns the federal law or it is repealed by Congress The amendment sponsored by Sens Frank Lautenberg. D-N J . and John Danforth. R Mo., was attached to the budget reconciliation bill and still faces House action Danforth press secretary Steve Hilton said he did not know of any other states that had “sunsetted” their drinking age laws “Texas is the principal problem addressed by the legislation.” Hilton said, adding that the measure “is regarded in the Senate as noncontroversial legislation ”
As of July 31. 37 states had drinking ages set at 21. said Hilton The Texas law would revert to 19 if the sanctions are repealed, overturn cd. or expire, said Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spokesman Joe Darnall Texas is bargaining with DOT over those regulations because the Texas law, passed lx*fore the regulations were published, does not strictly meet the rules
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