New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
SA New Braunfels Hecakl-Ze/runy Wednesday, November 16,1983Hostage crisis forces evacuation of offices
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A man has been charged with aggravated kidnapping after a tense three-hour hostage situation that prompted the evacuation of a busy office building.
Police said Richard Rollins, 24, of Arlington, used a machine gun to hold his former girlfriend hostage in a second-floor insurance office in the Roger Executive Center.
Rollins surrendered about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday after a three-way conversation with FBI agents and a Fort Worth federal judge, said Deputy Police Chief Robert Heuck.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sheehan of Fort Worth said Rollins had been free on $3,000 bond awaiting a Jan. 3
trial on a federal firearms charge. He had been on probation in Florida for a burglary conviction, Sheehan said.
The gunman fired a shot from the automatic weapon into the ceiling, but no other shots were fired and no one was injured, Heuck said.
“Apparently, this all started from an argument between them,” he said.
Rollins remained in the Bexar County Jail today in lieu of $50,000 bond set by Night Magistrate Quon Lew.
“He said he needed some medical help,” Heuck said. “He wanted medical attention, but he didn’t specify what it was.”
A federal judge in Fort Worth, at Rollins’ request, talked to the man and helped convince him to surrender, the deputy chief said.
“In the conversation with the judge, he decided he wanted to give himself up,” Heuck said. “He would surrender only to the FBI, so agents came to the scene.” The chief said he did not know the judge’s name, but Sheehan said it was U.S. Magistrate Alex H. McGlinchey.
Witnesses said Rollins accosted the former girlfriend, Patricia Murphy, outside the office building and then forced her to walk up to the insurance office by threatening to kill other people.
Ms. Murphy had just started working there Monday
after transferring from the Fort Worth office of Home Insurance Co., Heuck said.
The woman’s co-workers told investigators that she had been arguing with Rollins on the telephone before he showed up at the office complex, which is in Northwest San Antonio.
Rollins, who was wearing shorts and a casual shirt, appeared calm as police led him through the knot of spectators surrounding the office building.
A spokeswoman for the Roger Executive Center, who asked not to be identified, said she could not estimate how many people were evacuated.
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Cheap corn to be sold to drought-stricken farmers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation requiring the government to sell 83 million bushels of feed corn at bargain prices to drought-smitten livestock growers has been approved by a Senate-House conference committee.
The committee agreed to the provision Tuesday as part of a dairy and tobacco price support bill, while deciding that farmers and ranchers and not the government should pay the cost of transporting the com from storage facilities.
Several conferees complained that this would ignore the needs of livestock growers in states where little or no com is stored and where such transportation costs would thus be much higher.
“They are being directly discriminated against,” said Rep. Lindsay Thomas, D-Ga.
However, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., said the
drought aid provision had originally passed the Senate with the understanding that the federal government would not pay for transporting the com.
“I believe the bill will be in trouble if we would add back in transportation charges,” said Helms.
The drought aid provision had been tacked on the dairy support bill in the Senate by Democratic Sen. Lloyd Bentsen of Texas, which has been particularly hard hit by the drought. There was no similar provision in the dairy measure approved by the House.
The conference committee met to iron out differences between the two versions of the bill, and the committee’s recommendations must again be voted on in both chambers.
The version approved by the committee would require Agriculture Secretary John R. Block to sell
the three lowest grades of government-held com at 75 percent of the government price floor for com.
That price varies from county to county, but in Lubbock County, Texas, for example, ranchers could buy com at about $2.04 per bushel compared with a market price of about $3.15, according to Bentsen’s office.
Those eligible to buy the com would be livestock growers in counties declared disaster areas by the Agriculture Department because of the drought. The com would be made available to assist in maintaining breeding herds of livestock and poultry, including their offspring.
However, the conferees rejected language calling on the government to pay the cost of transporting the grain to centrally located areas, where it would have been more readily available.
'First offender' had seven different names
HOUSTON (AP) — Reynaldo Ray Valdez was arrested six times on auto theft charges before police discovered that his fingerprints matched those of six other Hispanic-surnamed men in Harris County.
Valdez even went before the same judge twice under different names and was given probated sentenced both times because he claimed to be a first offender.
But Valdez was finally caught when a worker in the identification division of the Houston Police Department realized Valdez had been fingerprinted several times under the names of Victor Ramus, Victor Sosa, David Martinez, Ray Torres, Ruben Garza and Joe Balks, said Assistant District Attorney Rusty Hardin.
Last week, Valdez received a seven-year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to perjury in the 262nd state District Court, where he appeared in May as “Ray Torres,” Hardin said.
Prison official fired by board
HUNTSVILLE (AP) — The chief of the Texas Department of Corrections' internal investigations division has been fired as part of an apparent move by the prison board to take control of Texas’ massive prison system.
Paul Haymes, who was appointed supervisor of the operational audits division in September 1982, was relieved of duty Monday by interim director Daniel V. McRaskle. said prison spokesman Rick Hartley.
Broken rail may not be culprit in Amtrak derailment
LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) — A member of the National Transportation Safety Board has denounced as premature a report that a broken rail caused the derailment of a passenger train last weekend 13 miles north of Marshall that resulted in the deaths of four people.
“We’re not in any position to say that... it would be premature to suggest a broken rail caused the accident,” John Rehor, the board member, said Tuesday.
The break in the rail may have been caused by the wreck, not vice versa, Rehor said.
About nine passengers remained in local hospitals Tuesday. Most were listed in stable condition. The last five cars of the nine-car passenger train went off the rails. The last three fell on their sides.
“That the rail broke could be a secondary effect of the derailment. Reep in mind you have tremendous forces at work,” said Rehor, one of seven NTSB investigators who came to Marshall to study Saturday’s Amtrak derailment.
At least two members of the NTSB investigating team have left Marshall, and Rehor said he would return to Washington, D.C. today.
A piece of rail, which was discovered to have broken into 58 pieces, has been sent to a metallurgy laboratory for analysis for faults. It was made by a West German firm in 1981, Rehor said.
The fact it shattered does not mean it was defective, he said. “It's entirely conceivable that the rail will be exonerated.”
Results of speed-calibration tests and the rail test will be analyzed before a formal report is made, he said.
The rail had been laid three weeks before the accident as part of a general maintenance program
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by Missouri-Pacific Railroad, Rehor said.
The track it replaced had been there about eight years and was beginning to wear on the curves, Rehor said. He added he was impressed with Missouri-Pacific’s upkeep. “The track on this railroad looks very good to us,” he said.
Two hours before the wreck, Missouri-Pacific Railroad crews had replaced a 19-foot section of track just west of the one that broke, another NTSB member said.
The crewmen were still at the site when the Amtrak came through, and they ran when they heard the derailment, Rehor said.
Derailments often are caused by a combination of mechanical and human failures, Rehor said. In the past, broken track seemed to be the biggest cause of accidents, but lately human failure has been a leading cause, he said.
Man vs. the flu— progress reported
DALLAS (AP) — Fifty years after the influenza virus was isolated, scientists finally are developing drugs that effectively combat its effects, a researcher says.
Dr. Arnold S. Monto, an epidemiology professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, marked the anniversary by conducting a seminar Tuesday at the national convention of the American Public Health Association.
The last major outbreak of Type A flu — the most severe variety — was in 1980-81, but influenza is so unpredictable that “we have to treat every year as a flu year," Monto said.
"This winter we have no idea. We have three kinds of flu and all were around last year. This is a very unusual occurrence. We may be close to a time when a new kind of flu is going to come along,” he said.
Monto is among the researchers studying amantadine, the only anti-viral drug approved so far in the United States. He said the drug is effective both in preventing influenza and in reducing its symptoms.
"It cuts the duration of fever by 50 percent,” he said.
As a vaccine, the drug is taken twice a day dunng the time of potential exposure and "works almost immediately,” Monto said. As a therapy, amantadine “cuts down the amount of virus shed” and halves the length of time a person is ill, Monto said.
“Anti-viral drugs work against all kinds of Type A" influenza, but are ineffective against Type B influenza for unknown reasons. he said.
Dozier—Captors gave up easily
AUSTIN (AP) — Brig Gen James Dozier says the Red Brigades already had decided not to resist when Italian police rescued him from an apartment where he had been held captive for 42 days.
Dozier, deputy commanding general at Fort Hood. Texas, was kidnapped from his Verona. Italy, apartment on Dec. 17, 1981, and was freed by police at Padua He told two Rotary clubs Tuesday his captors had seen armed men in a
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parking lot across the street and thought they were robbers, with a supermarket under the second-floor apartment as their target
He said kidnappers later realized the armed men were police, and “rn the process my jailers decided not to resist.”
When police commandos broke into the room, knocking Dozier's guard out of his shoes. Dozier mistook them for other terrorists and tried to push them away.
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