New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2 g Herald-Zeitung g Thursday, November 14,1996Texas TodayJurors In multimillion court bottle to receive SSO per day
RICHMOND, Texas (AP) — A multimillion-dollar lawsuit between two electronics giants has triggered a battle over jury pay that has been taken all the way to Austin.
The controversy erupted when District Judge Brady G. Elliott announced that jurors hearing the case of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. vs. Texas Instruments Inc. will be paid $50 per day instead of the usual $6 paid to jurors in Fort Bend County.
County officials say the law clearly limits jury pay to $30 a day.
Most of the extra money will come from the parties in the lawsuit, the Houston Chronicle reported today.
“I have a real problem with it,” District Clerk Glory Hopkins said.Four-y ar old boy saves
LIBERTY, Texas (AP) — Just weeks afer Ernesto Ibarra celebrated his fourth birthday, the boy picked up the phone and saved his father’s life by calling 911 when his dad slipped into a diabetic coma.Brandt
Through tears, the tiny boy who likes to race through the house pretending to be a spaceman, told the emergency dispatcher that his dad was lying on the floor bleeding and unable to come to the phone.
His family had only recently explained to him how to call 911 in case of an emergency.
“It wasn’t hard,” the boy said.
Still shaky from the ordeal and overwhelmed at learning of his son’s role in saving his life, the father pulled Ernesto close to him in his hospital room.Snook school chid indict od on perjury charge
SNOOK, Texas (AP) — The superintendent of a small Central Texas school district has been indicted on a charge he lied about his late wife’s insurance policies, prompting a new look at her apparent suicide.
Snook Superintendent Frank Cook 111 told grand jurors after the Aug. 27 death of his wife, Janet, that she had one policy worth $250,000.
But Charles Sebesta, district attorney for Burleson and
Washington counties, said there were also two more policies, each worth $1 million.
Cook was arrested and jailed Tuesday and indicted on one count of aggravated perjury, which is punishable by up to IO years in prison. He was released Wednesday after posting $50,000 bond, said Deputy Chief Mike Brackman of the Burleson County Sheriffs Department.
Mrs. Cook, 38, an elementary special education teacher in the Hempstead school district, was found shot to death in her locked car near Snook, a town of about 500 people about 20 miles west of Bryan. She had one shotgun wound to the chest.Intel building near Fort Worth, China, Costa Rica
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — After nearly three years of negotiations, the world’s largest maker of computer chips is coming to Texas.
Intel Co. announced Wednesday it is continuing its global expansion with a $1.3 billion advanced-logic wafer fabrication factory planned for
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had enough to arrest (Brandt) quite some time before Wurstfest.”
Bailey, who was a police officer for almost 18 years in Irving, joined the New Braunfels Police Department about two years ago.
Supervisors gave him the case because he had little connection to Brandt, who was the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year for 1995 and is the president of the Downtown Rotary Club.
“I was given the case by my supervisors,” Bailey said. “The reason was because of Mr. Brandt’s standing in the community. I’m not connected with anyone in the community. Before this case came to me, I didn’t know Rusty Brandt. I didn’t even know his name.”
Officials in the District Attorney’s Office said they have had trouble obtaining information about Brandt’s arrest.
“As of this time we have not seen officer Bailey’s report,” Reimer said. “We do not know whether we have a case that is prosecutable. In the general run of things, most officers in
working with white collar crimes will work with the prosecutors to take (evidence) to a grand jury.”
But, Bailey said he gave the District Attorney’s Office a preliminary report and is still in the process of investigating other related matters before submitting a complete report. He added that he has worked with the District Attorney’s Office throughout the investigation.
“I personally took the (preliminary report) to them,” Bailey said. “I’ve consulted with them on this case a couple of times. We talked back and forth. There is no problem between us and the DA’s office. As far as I know everything is fine.”
The details of the theft charge have not been released, however, Bailey confirmed that Brandt filed for personal bankruptcy recently, even though his creditors had a business relationship with him.
He said some of the creditors did not even know Brandt.
“It sure helped the case,” Bailey said. “This type of bankruptcy is a personal bankruptcy. (The creditors) had no personal dealings with him.” Brandt was the former owner of New Braunfels Resorts, a property
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Then he explained under the governmental code he has a right to make personnel changes he feels comfortable with.
Reimer said the law allows him to hire anyone he has confidence in.
“I feel by evaluating the situation that I would be more comfortable with someone I would have a better rapport with,” Reimer said.
Yolanda D’Antuono said she did not lik* the way Reimer handled her termination notice.
“I think he took the coward’s way out and at least could have had the common courtesy to notify me in person,” she said.
Smith-Burris said Reimer also mishandled her termination.
“These matters should be done face to face and should be followed up with a letter," Smith-Burris said.
Reimer said after he was elected county attorney he extended an invitation to employees in that office through office manager Ann Hackney to speak with him about their future in the County Attorney’s Office.
D’Antuono said she heard Hackney make the announcement about Reimer’s invitation but did not take advantage of it.
“It would have been more professional to extend it personally, not secondhand,” she said.
D’Antuono said she knows of some office employees who never acted on Reimer’s invitation but still have jobs.
Smith-Burris said she never received any word about Reimer’s invitation.
“No one told me to talk to him personally to save my job," Smith-Burris said.
Reimer said he has had many
county attorney employees come to his office and talk to him about their futures.
“I was willing to talk to anyone in that office,” Reimer said. “They never came by. How in any other way was I supposed to make contact with them?
“You have to have comfort with the people you are dealing with and repose trust in. lf you have someone who is campaigning against you, it would be very difficult to repose trust in them"
Reimer said he does not know why
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Twenty-five years ago, Intel invented the microprocessor, the brains of most personal computers. With sales last year of $16.2 billion, it has rapidly become one of a handful of companies that are shaping the personal computer industry. In addition to chips, it makes personal computer, networking and communications products.
The company has been considering the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a plant since 1993.
Its plan for the Fort Worth area includes a 75,000-square-foot “Class I” clean room, which are 3,000 times cleaner than a hospital room. The company said the factory will build advanced logic products on 0.25 micron technologies and then progress to smaller geometries in the future.ObituariesJ«SM V. Ashby
Mr. Jesse V. Ashby, age 73, of Seguin, Texas, died Tuesday, Nov, 11, 1996, at his residence. There will be a wake today, Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Zoeller Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Canaan View Baptist Church in the Ilka community with Rev. Wayne Forney officiating. Burial will be in the Ilka Cemeteiy.
Mr Ashby will lie in state at the church Friday morning from IO a.m. until 11 a.m.
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Alfred Joseph Cielencki of San Antonio, Texas, entered into rest Tuesday, Nov. 12,1996, at the age of 63 years. He was preceded in death
by his son, Joseph Anthony Cielencki. Survived by daughter, Pamela Denise Cielencki; son, Alfred Lee Boeck; brothers, Januard Cielencki, Onufry Cielencki and Justin Cielencki; sisters Mary Leonhardt, Loddie Dzierzanowski and Judy Real; grandchildren, Todd Andrew Boeck and April Joan Boeck; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held in the Dellcrest Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. Rosary followed by funeral mass will be celebrated in the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in St. Hedwig, Texas, at IO a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, with Rev. Bill Zadora as celebrant. Burial following in the St. Hedwig Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements with Dellcrest Funeral Home, 2023 S. W.W. White Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78222, (210) 337-4082. * Dellcrest Funeral Home
More arrests are possible, Bailey said, as he continues to investigate the matter further. But Bailey also said, “There is no one else I plan to arrest.”
Brandt faces a felony charge of stealing between $1,500 and $20,000.
Comal County Jail officials said Brandt, 39, posted bond of $5,000 shortly after his arrest.
Bailey, who has investigated the matter for about three months, said the charge could be upgraded to a third-degree felony after he reviews additional financial records.
Brandt’s current charge is a state jail felony with punishment of up to two years in prison or probation, Bailey said.
The charge could be upgraded to a third-degree felony, Bailey said, if further investigation reveals that the alleged theft amounts to more than $20,000.
A third-degree felony carries a two to IO years in prison mon
Brandt’s attorney, Wade Ariedge, said he and his client have no comment about the arrest.
Bush calls for cuts of $1 billion in taxes
By JUAN B. ELIZONDO Jr.
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. George W. Bush says a $1 billion cut in school property taxes would be a good start in reducing the $10 billion collected through the levy each year.
Bush announced Wednesday that his budget proposal for the next two fiscal years will include a recommendation that $1 billion generated from higher-than-expected state revenues and lower-than-expected spending go to property tax relief.
“I believe taxpayers should benefit from leaner government,” Bush said.
Rep. Robert Junell, D-San Angelo and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he wants to see where the governor has come up with $ I billion.
“I’m not aware of anybody in the Legislature who was consulted on this before the governor made his announcement,” Junell said. “I look forward to seeing where he and his people say (the money) is.”
Ross Ramsty^an aide to
Comptroller John Sharp, said official estimates of state financing haven’t been completed. But he said Sharp will present a list of $1 billion in additional state spending cuts.
“We’re seeing him a billion and raising him a billion,” Ramsey said.
Sharp is considered a potential challenger to the Republican governor if he were to seek reelection in two years. But Ramsey said politics won’t factor into Sharp’s financial estimates.
“This (estimate) is one of our constitutional duties and every two years someone says it’s political. It will be a clean number,” he said.
Richard Lavine, a fiscal analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, said any extra state revenues or lower government spending is generating one-time funds. He said the state would have to find $1 billion in future budgets when spending could be up and revenues could be down.
“He hasn’t explained what state functions aren’t going to get funding or who’s going to get the tax relief,” Lavine said of Bush’s plan.
Commissioners to discuss consolidation, Faust Bridge
The Comal Count) Commissioners Court met this morning to discuss two issues — consolidation of the offices of the county attorney and the district attorney and whether to proceed with the restoration of the Faust Street Bridge.
Commissioners met Wednesday morning with employees from various offices for a two-hour consolidation discussion that at times turned heated.
The court then spent an hour reviewing plans for the restoration of the Faust Street Bridge as a passage for pedestrians across the Guadalupe River.
Both items were on the IO a.m. agenda for the
Look in tomorrow’s Herald-Zeitung for complete coverage of Wednesday’s meeting and today’s action.
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he is being singled out for criticism since newly elected county officials have always made changes before taking office.
“Our current sheriff let people go when he went in,” he said. “I never heard attacks on him.”
Smith-Burris worked for the County Attorney’s Office for six years.
D’Antuono worked in the office for about two years.
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