New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 198 32 Pages-3 Sections (USPS 777MR
Classes at Comal Elementary School may not ba able to rival the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics, but they gave it a good shot Tuesday to usher in their "Reading Olympics." Each class marched with a banner
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to the parking lot, where runner Shannon Albrecht carried the Olympic torch. Under the program, students will receive medals for reading a certain number of books.
Autry's life spared
at eleventh hour
HUNTSVILLE (AP) - Convicted killer James David Autry was strapped to a death house gurney with a needle in his arm today when he was told — four minutes after his execution was to have begun — that a Supreme Court justice had granted a reprieve.
Autry, a 29-year-old drifter condemned for killing a store clerk over a six-pack of beer, was awaiting a lethal jolt of chemicals when Justice Byron White granted a stay of execution at 11:32 p.m. CDT Tuesday. The state failed in an at
tempt to overturn the stay When Autry was told at 11:39 that there would be a delay, "He did not say one word or have any response.” prison spokesman Rick Hartley said.
At 12:06 the inmate, still bound by leather straps in the Texas death chamber, was told of the stay, Hartley said. "Once again there was no reaction.” Three minutes later he was off the gurney and at 12:13 he was back in a cell adjacent to the death chamber, the spokesman said Autry’s execution had been scheduled
for just after midnight.
Arui Arnold, press secretary ta Owe. Mark White, said the stay was granted sa the basis of a California case which Texas Attorney General Mattox said * the question of proportionality af sentence — whether or not the granted one person given the penalty is the same or comparable to a sentence given someone else far aa equal crime.”
See AUTRY, Page UA
DPS C3S6 ^Butlersays,pets'
behind his transfer
By DEBBIE DsLOACH Staff writer
Two days of testimony have, in effect, delayed Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Butler's transfer to Rockport. And the delay will continue.
Presiding Judge Robert Pfeuffer told the court late Tuesday afternoon he had a special setting in Lockhart Wednesday and
a regular docket there Thursday. So since testimony was not concluded Tuesday afternoon, Butler's temporary’ injunction hearing will pick up again at 9 a.m. Friday in 207th District Court The decision on extending the restraining order, which put the Rockport transfer on hold, or dissolving it, will be up to Judge Pfeuffer. But he can’t make that decision until all testimony on both sides
hasbeen heard In testimony Tuesday morning. Butler named Sgt James Holder's ‘‘pet*,” aud gave his own definition of a transfer "for the good of the service.”
Butler Listed Holder's "pets” as troopers Rem McCoy, Un Munford, Gary Wang, Jim Shea and Tommy Ratliff He said each one
See DPS, Page AAPlans at a glanceNBISD 5-2 plan
District Minority Pct
5 . 592
Population range-4,052 to 4,181. Total
deviation—3.13 percent.MALDEF plan
District Minority Pct
5 38 77
Population range -2,897 to 2,999. Total deviation — 3.46 percent.
NBISD voting choices outlined
Gibson, MALDEF offer proposals
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
Trustees face a decision on the future of the New Braunfels ISL) election system at their Oct 18 meeting.
They can choose from one of three plans: (I) some districts. <2i ail
districts, or (3) no districts.
And that choice will probably be between the first and third options, several trustees indicated Tuesday.
Representatives of L. Tucker Gibson and Associates and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund presented their voting plans at a hearing Tuesday at New Braunfels High School Ubrary.
"We tried to maximize minority representation,” said Tucker Gibson, president of the San Antonio firm, in outlining his plan to trustees. Gibson's firm has been retained by NBISD to draw up redistricting plans.
Gibson’s plan calls for a 6-2 system -
five single-member districts, and two at-large positions.
MALDEF’s plan, presented by staff attorney Judith Sanders-Castro, calls for seven districts.
Trustees can choose either of these two, of take the tim* option — no districts. That's the current election system, under which all seven trustees are elected at-large by numbered place.
However, trustees indicated the MALDEF plan was not to their liking. Four of the seven board members — Bob Self, Garland Uoyd, Gene Scott and Don Bedford — would fall into District 6 of that plan. Only one could run when that district came up if the MALDEF plan was adopted.
Under the 6-2 plan, Self. Bedford and Lloyd would be in the same district. But the possibility would be open for two of those three to run at-large
Both plans create two districts withSee NBISD, Page 12A
Residents air views at hearing
Jose V aide mar Espinoza — once a New Braunfels ISL) trustee candidate, now a City Councilman — said the Mexican-American community wants representation on the board.
Eaequiel Torres said the Hispanic community needs that representation because the all-Anglo school board doesn’t know what's going on in that part of town.
Davis Jackson said Mexican-Amencans could have that representation if they would vote, and argued that a plan to create seven single-member districts, which would include two "minority” districts, was tantamount to giving up influence on the other five
Espinoza, Jackson and Torres spoke at Tuesday’s hearing after the two redistricting plans had been outlined Tucker Gibson, retained by the district, outlined a 6-2 plan — five single-member districts, two at-large places
Judith Sanders-Castro, representing
the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, outlined MAIDEF’s plan — seven single-member districts.
Espinaca noted there had net been a Mexican-American on the achoo! beard in four years — since Mike Garaa was defeated by Gene Scott in 1979
We need the help af the Anglo,” Espinoza said. "and we have not gotten that help.”
He said he wants the matter settled peacefully. MALDEF has threatened to take the matter to court if a plan is adopted which the group opposes, and that will be expensive, Espmoca said lf MALDEF wins, the district will have to pay all the legal fees, and that means using tax money. Espinoza said Espinoza, who was defeated by Rady Renner in the April trustee electees, represented the 200-member Mi sir sa American DemocratsSee RESIDENTS, Pate BA
Walesa wins Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway (AP) — Lech Walesa, founder of the now-outlawed Solidarity labor union, today won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his struggle on behalf (rf workers' rights in Communist-ruled Poland.
The Norwegian Nobbel Committee said it honored Walesa "as sn exponent of the active longing for peace and freedom which exists, in spite of unequal conditions, unconquered in all the peoples of the world.”
Walesa, the first Pole to win the coveted prize, was chosen for his “contribution, made with considerable personal sacrifice, to ensure the workers' right to establish their
own organizations,” the committee said.
It said the 46-year-old former head of Solidarity, the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc, had worked with "a determination to solve his country's problems tiiraugh negotiation and cooperation without resorting to violence.”
Walesa had left his apartment this morning to hunt for mushrooms in the woods and was not at home when the prize was announced, said his wife Danuta
"Oh god, I am very happy, very, very happy,” she said when reached by telephone at their home in the
Baltic port of Gdansk, where Walesa helped create Solidarity at the Lenin shipyard.
Walesa enteredd the international spotlight in August 1990 when, after a summer (rf strikes and labor turmoil, Solidarity forced Poland s government to allow the right to strike and organize independent unions. Those gains were negated later by the banning af Solidarity and the imposition of martial law.
The Nobel Committee, in a statement explaining its award, said Walesa “has attempted to establish a dialogue between the organization he
represents — Solidarity — and the authorities.”
The statement, read by Nobel Committee chairman Egil Aarvik, did not speculate on whether Walesa will travel to Oslo to receive his award and Nobel Prize check an Dec. IO.
The awards always are given or, that date, the anniversary of the death in IIM of Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, whose will established the Nobel Prizes. This year’s stipend for each winner is a record 1.5 million Swedish kronor — almost $190,000.
Walesa is only the second peace prize winner from the Soviet bloc.
Today’s Comal County weather will be sunny and warm with a high in the low 90s. Tonight will be clear and cod with lows In the middle 90s. Winds will be east-northeast at 5 to IO miles par boor today, light and variable tonight and from th* east Thursday. Sunset will be st 7:12 p.m. today, and sunrise st 7:27 a.m Thursday.
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Two teenagers arrested in theft of dynamite
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
County lawmen recovered four cases of dynamite and arrested two men Wednesday morning in connection with a weekend burglary at Strawn Explosives Inc. on Krueger Lane.
Charles Scott Mares, ll; and Burks Tiedt, 17, were charged with burglary of a non-habitation and placed under arrest st IO a.m. in the Comal County Sheriffs office. Both men were released on surety bond to district court before ll a m
Precinct 2 Peace Justice R.G. Blanchard issued arrest warrants at 9 t m., and set each suspect’s bond at $2^99 when they turned themselves in st the sheriffs office an hour later, said Investigator Gilbert Villarreal.
The dynamite reported missing Monday from Strawn Explosives was found st approximately 9:19
p.m. Tuesday, concealed on a wooded lot in the Praise Heights ares, Villarreal said In addition to the four cases of dynamite, there were two boxes of cord and two boxes of caps.
“The money value was under 9790, but the danger was higher,” said Villarreal.
He said the alertness of Deputy Roger Nolls had “made the case for us." While on weekend patrol, Nolle made note of a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of Krueger Lins. When the expletives theft was reported on Monday, the data Notts added helped lead to the arrest, said the investigator.
Mares gave an address on New Braunfels Route ft. Tiedt lives at 711 Rosemary.
At press time Wednesday, county authorities were preparing to file charges on another man, arrested in ceanectien with the alleged raps of a 29-year-old local woman Sunday morning.
Comfund halfway to goal
The Comal County Community Fund has gone over the half-way mark toward its 1913 drive goal ef 9190,000
Comfund secretary tinsanr Barbe Un reported a total af 997,01 Wednesday, and that was wMhnft Bn benefit af today's mail.
"We’ve still got a lot of nujsr industries out, so we can sac the tap. We’re just trying to get everything in," she said
There’s at least 19-29 blue envelopes in the mail every day, Mw said Those were sent eat by several financial institutions ated the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative with their billing statements
"So far as calling and ariong people to contribute, that’s pretty well wound up/* she said.
Local agencies that are hoping Comfund reaches its Htl,999 goal include: Salvation Army, Canal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Cantar, Humans ledety, Crime lins, Youth Pair, American Rad Croat, Hand Start, Bay Sennit and Girl Scents af America, R0i Care, Senior Citizens CbaAar, PtWh muiuty Service Center, Af thrills Foundation. Children's HaMtotoa Center, Child Welfare Baned, Hays County Woman's Coaler, Canyon Lake Volunteer Action Cantar, Society for Autistic Chiton,
Comfund — getting closer