New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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NBW Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 200 18 Pages - 2 Sections
FRIDAY October 7,1983 25 cents (USPS 377-880)
Local student 'critical' after fall from truck
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KINO Staff writer
A New Braunfels High School student remains in stable, but critical, condition in the intensive care unit at a San Antonio hospital after a pre-bonfire accident Thursday morning.
Julie Clonts, a senior, suffered multiple skull fractures Thursday morning what she was blown out of a truck bed carrying brush for school’s annual homecoming bonfire.
New Braunfels ISO Supt. Charles Bradberry said early Thursday afternoon that because of the accident, school officials had decided to cancel the bonfire.
“It just wouldn't be appropriate,*' Bradberry said.
Bradberry said reports to the school district indicated that Clonts* injuries were very severe, and that she had been described as being in critical condition. However, she had not required surgery as of press time Friday.
The accident occurred about 10:30 a.m.
on Highway 46, less than a mile from Loop 337, police said. Another student who was allo on the truck bed was not injured, police said.
Police said Clonts was riding on a pile of brush when a gust of wind picked her and the brush off the truck and threw them onto the road.
The students were taking brush to Cypress Bend Park, where the bonfire was scheduled.
See CLONTS, Page 10APrison officials review Autry case
AUSTIN (AP) - Prison officials are reviewing death-by-injection procedures in the aftermath of Tuesday night's aborted execution of James David Autry, to make sure they are “humane.''
Autry lay strapped to a wheeled hospital stretcher with intravenous needles inserted in both arms for an hour and three minutes before receiving news his execution had been stayed by a U.S. Supreme Court justice. During that time, paramedics allowed a harmless saline solution to enter his bloodstream while waiting word to start the lethal solution.
Instead, the execution was stayed, the needles were removed from Autry's arms, and he was taken back to his death row cell at the Ellis Unit.
“I understand there may be some changes in procedures,” Gov. Mark White said Thursday. “I've been led to believe they (prison officials) are reveiwing those procedures and trying to make certain that they are done” as humanely as possible.
"I’m not going to make any specific recommendations other than to say that the penalty itself is the punishment, and
not the administration of it, and it should be done in the most humane fashion possible” the governor said.
“That was the design behind changing from the electric chair to death by injection, and it should not be utilized — and hopefully it will never be utilized — to make it any more severe than it already is," White said.
Prison administrators Thursday defended the decision by Warden Jack Pursley to strap Autry down and insert the needles almost an hour before he was to be executed.Family meal
Phillip Schulze tried to share his sandwich with younger brother John, but John seems more interested in chomping on Phillip's
Staff photo by Cmdy Rh harOiur
finger. The two youngsters were having a picnic with their parents on Laurel Lane while their father was on his lunch break.
Fight over MADD
Butler's statements not authorized by local chapter—Reynolds
I TMs year, the New I Braunfels Firs Department ii harder than ever to warn students about firs danger. Although Fire Prevention Week* *t officially begin until Sunday, fire department personnel and volunteers have begun visiting the schools within the city limits. They plan to viait all the schools In the city in the next week-endw-half, Fire Inspector Robert Reed said.
Fire CMef Jack Wilson said Fire Prevention Week is an intensified period of what will be a yoar-loog program.
“With us from now on its going to bo a year-round program," he mid
The fire department baa gent about fl.W in now educational films and handouts this year, Reed said.
See FOBB, Page MA
By DV ANNE FRY Staff writer
Whee Grant Batter wrote to the Nereid
Zeitung, outlining cooperative efforts between Mothers Against Drunk Driven and the Wurstfest Association, and criticizing Suzanne Hildebrand for her “eonstant interference” in Comal County aff ain; he was not eptaking for MADD. Everybody agrees on that.
John Reynolds, prsMdont of the local MADD chapter, said he knew nothing of Butler's letter until he saw it In print Sunday night. “I wish it had never happened,” he
State MADD president Marinette Timmons told Reynolds that if Butler had been speaking for the group, the Comal County chapter would have stood a good chance of getting its charter revoked. It’s against MADD policy for one chapter to publicly criticize another. Hildebrand Is an active member of the San Antonio group, and Butler wrote some very uncomplimentary things about her.
Butter says he knew the letter was going to get him in trouble. But he’s not at til sorry he wrote it.
“I may have been out of order ... but I’m
tired of it I’m tired of the attack. I felt somebody had to stand up for our community, and I was the logical one to do it," he saki.
He and his wife, Helen, were instrumental in organizing Comal County’s MADD chapter, and Butler was president until about a month ago. At the September meeting, he voluntarily turned the job over to vice president Reynolds.
In his controversial letter, Butler referred to himself as vice president of the local MADD. That was not Reynolds’ understanding. As far as he’s concerned, when Butter gave up the presidency, he became just another member of the group.
He may not even be a member now But no one seems to know for sure.
“I’m fired. They got rid of me,” Butler told the HoroldZwtung on Wednesday. He said Reynolds had told hun that the state MADD organization would terminate his membership, and that he would be getting a letter to that effect.
“I don’t know that he’s been asked to resign. But she (Marinette Timmons) kind of talked Uke she might do that.”
Timmons said no, that was the local chapter’s decision. But she can’t see Butler being much of sn asset to the group, if he's
going to keep making unauthorized
statements that reflect badly on MADD as a whole
“We agree with part of it (the letter)," said Reynolds.
Five MADD members, including Reynolds and Butler, did indeed meet with Wurstfest’s executive board two weeks ago, and made four suggestions for improving the safety level of the festival. Reynolds said the board agreed to three af the suggestions.
‘ We felt pretty good about that,” Reynolds said His group decided to write a letter to the local media, commending Wurstfest for its willingness to work with MADD But no one authorized Butler to write the letter. He did that on his own.
He called attention to the “bad rap” Wurstfest had received in the past, mentioned the board meeting with MADD, and stated. “I am personally satiated that the Wurstfest Association is doing everything in its power ... < to> insure a ... safe Wurstfest. As every intelligent person knows, there is nothing the Wurstfest Association can do to control an individual once that person leaves the Wurstfest grounds.”
Butler went on to compare Wurstfest to any number of San Antonio festivals at
which beer is served, and to wonder why Hildebrand doesn t stay in her own territory. “Of course, that will not gain her as much publicity■,'* he concluded
It was a statement Hildebrand made last month on radio or television that finally prompted him to write the letter. Butler said She said she had seen people crawling up to the bar at Wurstfest and being served more beer. Butter says he’s never seen anything of the sort, and nobody he knows has seen it either
“She hasn't contacted us < the local MADD chapter) for months, just as though we didn't exist. Then she makes these statements,” he said.
He made the same complaint to Timmons when she phoned to reprimand him for the letter The HeraldZettung listened to a recording of that conversation. Timmons told Butter that even if his complaints were justified, there was still no reason to take them to the media
“You don't blast other chapters; you don’t blast national,” Timmons said “lf you have a problem, you go to Suzanne or you come to me.”
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Testimony conflicts on ticket directiveInside
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
A large crowd of spectators in 207th District Court Friday morning heard testimony about DPS Sgt. James Holder’s alleged instruction to his troopers not to write tickets in Precinct I.
New Braunfels petrolmin Spencer Gremmer said he had heard Sgt. Holder say something along those lines. “I don’t recall his exact words, but it was something Uke ’don’t file esses in Harold Krueger's court until he decides whether he wants to be a gun dealer or a justice of the peace."'
The occasion for such testimony has been an injunction hearing, ordered fay Judge Robert Pfeuffer. Pfeuffer stopped Trooper Robert Butter's Sept. 21 transfer to Rockport with a temporary restraining order, and the hearing is to decide to dissolve that order or extend it.
Butter has made claims the transfer was “punittvs," and that ha's bean discriminated against for reporting violations of law end policy.
Testimony was heard Monday and Tuesday, but had to bs put on hold Wednesday and Thursday because of Pfeuffer*! docket la Lockhart Tho procaadtefi picked up again Friday morring, with a bigger courtroom crowd and more dirty laundry.
Gremmer began Ms time on the stand with his account of a West End incident, recalled in testimony Tuesday by Butter's partner Keith Simmons. Both Simmons and Gremmer alleged that DPS Trooper Gary Wong had struck a suspect while he was handcuffed and aeatbolted In the petrol car.
In crossexamination, Assistant Attorney General W. Reed Locfchoof asked Gremmer when |Uy incident occurred. “Could it have happened as far back as April tt, IMI?"
“I doubt it," Gremmer .replied. Lockhoof then said that’s what records reflected.
Peace Justice Harold Krueger took the stand, and was asked, “Hove you over hoard of a directive from DPS superiors involving law enforcement activity la your area?"
Knisger said that Butter and several others told Mm about Sgt Holder's directive not to fils tickets in Precinct I. “I inquired at Sgt Hokier, and he said ho did aet make that statement," Krueger mid. “All tho others I ^oko to said that he did."
The judge said this put Mm In aa unusual poMtton. “I have always bald DPB personnel In high —loom. la tho past, they have always biM tnt and correct. But la this Instance, ■ oms ens is wrong. I don’t knew who to ballers, sad itToday's Wsathsr
Warm and humid tttta afternoon, with a 30 j percent ftfirrt of thundershowers. Considfrsblc cloudiness tonight and Saturday morning, banwdag partly cloudy by afternoon. Winds today and tonight will bo from tbs southeast at loll milos par hour. Sunset tonight will be at 7:00 pjn., and sunrise Saturday at 7:26a.m.AK Knotted Up
Tho National and American League playoff aeries shift to Chicago and Philadelphia today with both knotted at a game apiece. Baltimore blanked Chicago, VO, Thursday to tie the AL aeries rn rookie Mike Buddtotwr struck out 14 White Sos. Tbs PMUios and Dodgers resume their series today in Philadelphia after sa off day Thursday, while tbs Bm and Orioles meet in Chicago. Bernie in Sparse.Volleyball fortunes
Nows d Mkt dante’ acridest Thursday apparently bad aa impact rn the Unicorn volleyball tonal, which ■ pp—rid flat in Us tom to Hays Tharaday. Meanwhile. Canyon won a Mg match at KtmrlBe to take Bm district lead, and Valley rsnmtnad undefeated in districtCuSbSnED .... I*?-*.**. IWM
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Unemployment rate declines to lowest point this year
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate declined to 9 3 percent in September, the lowest level in 17 months, as close to 400,000 jobless Americans found work in the continuing economic recovery, the labor Department reported today.
However, 10.4 million Americans were still reported to be looking for jobs but unable to find them, the Labor Department reported
September's decrease in the overall jobless rate was just 0.2 percentage point from the August level af 9.5 percent. But it restored the downward trend that had been interrupted when August's rate held steady at the same rate as in July.
Unemployment had declined in most months since last December’s 10.8 percent, the highest level rn 42 years
Both government and private analysts have said they expect the rate to continue declining, with companies calling back laid-off workers or hiring people for newly created jobs as the economy expands in its recovery from the 1961-62 recession. But those analysts have also said the improvement is likely to be slow.
Today’s report said total U.S. civilian employment climbed to a record 161J million in September, up 312,000 from August. At the same time, the labor force of people holding or wanting jobs increased by 107,060 to U2.4 million.
An alternate unemployment rate, which includes the more than 1.0 million armed forces personnel stationed in the United States, dipped to 0.1 percent from August's 0.4 percent.
la further encouraging news, the department said the number of “discouraged workers” — those not even counted as unemployed because they have
“You just can’t drop from 9.5 percent to 8.5 percent in a month. Three years of very weak economic performance left unemployment so high, it’s unlikely we coaid have anything like ‘full employment’ — about 8.5 percent — before 1987.’’ — Economist Robert Westcott
given up looking for jobs — totaled 16 million in September, down 100,600 since June, when the statistic was last calculated, and off 240,000 from the recession high of more than 11 million at the end of 1162.
Whites accounted for most af this improvement as birch# continued to account for a share of the discouraged total (SI percent),” the report said.
In addition, the number of people who have been looking for work for ria months or longer root slightly — to 2.506 million from August's total of 1467
The report said about 2.0 million jobs have been created this year. Economists have said those increases should continue, even if the recovery is slowing down ss many believe. If foulness can keep opening jobs faster then Americans stream into the labor force, the unemployment rate will decline oven further.