New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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WEDNESDAY October 12.1983 25 centsGunman kills trooper, 4 others in crime spree
HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) - A lone gunman was arrested after a 54-hour crime spree across Southeast Texas that left a state trooper and four other people dead, a woman critically wounded, and six hostages released unhurt.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman l.arry Todd said Tuesday night authorities believe the same man was responsible for all of the shootings and the two kidnappings.
Law enforcement authorities said the man killed two relatives in College Station at about 6 p.m. CDT Tuesday, stole a car and drove to Hempstead, about 40 miles south, where he gunned down a DPS officer who stopped him at about 6:50 p.m.
The man then drove to a truck stop and stole
another car, a Waller County sheriff’s spokesman said. He killed two people and critically wounded a 70-year-old woman at a home in Hempstead, drove 16 blocks south and abducted a couple and their three young children, stole their car, then released the family and abandoned the vehicle in Pasadena.
In Pasadena, southeast of Houston, the man abducted a maintenance worker at an apartment complex and took his vehicle. The man was arrested at about 11:30 p.m. at a highway roadblock southwest of Houston near Wharton, sheriff’s officials said.
The man, Eliseo Hernandez Moreno, 24, of Mercedes in the Rio Grande Valley, was taken before Justice of the Peace Frank Shannon in Wharton and ordered held without bond on a
capital murder charge in the death of the trooper
Moreno was arraigned this morning by State District Judge Dan Sklar, who set bond at $100,000 on an aggravated kidnapping charge.
“That’s normally a serious charge but probably the least serious charge he’s likely to be facing,’’ said Wharton Count) Sheriff Rudy Machala.
Machala said that after Moreno was arrested, he was given jail clothes and then “slept most of the night.'*
“We haven’t even talked to him," Machala said.
The sheriff said it was likely district attorneys from the Brazos, Waller and Wharton counties would be conferring to discuss other charges.
College Station authorities identified the dead there as Juan Garza Jr., X). a mailman, and his wife. Esther, 31 Neighbors said the couple’s two children, Jessica. 6, and Johnny, I, ran to a neighbor s apartment when the shootings started Garza was the brother of Moreno’s estranged wife, said authorities.
The highway patrolman. Russell Lynn Boyd, 25, of Hempstead, was shot to death along Texas Highway 6 near Cedar Creek when he stopped a car believed to have been driven by the suspect for a traffic violation, said Todd
•He had not started to write the ticket when the shot was fired,’’ said Waller Count) deputy sheriff H. I>ester.
Todd said Boyd joined the DPS on Oct. 8, 1962
Hempstead Police Chief Randy Johnson said he had talked to Boyd a short time before he was killed •Thirty minutes bef we it happened, we were talking on the radio about going deer hunting," said Johnson “ He said. Til bring the ammo That s what he said."
Dr W D Bally at Memorial Hospital here identified the two dead rn Hempstead as James Bennatte and Albe W ilk ens Their ages were not available Bennatte was the brother-in-law of 70-year-old Ann Benns ti. said the woman s niece, Rub) Henna ti She was listed in critical but stable condition at Houston's Hermann Hospital where she was taken by UfeFUght helicopter
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Butler Rockport-bound after Pfeuffer's ruling
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Department of Public Safety Trooper Robert Butler lost round one of his fight Tuesday to stop his Rockport transfer.
207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer dissolved a temporary restraining order against DPS, and denied Butler’s request for a temporary injunction. The judge's actions followed five days (rf controversial testimony that kept the courtroom filled with spectators.
Judge Pfeuffer’s ruling was on the temporary injunction, but the trooper’s lawsuit against DPS Sgt. James Holder, DPS Director Col. James Adams
and DPS Is still pending. His attorney, Harris Butler, said Tuesday his client had not decided whether to pursue the lawsuit, which could result in s jury trial, if requested.
All that won’t matter, though, come Monday morning. "He’s (Robert) to report to Capt. Charles Gunn, the district commander in Corpus Christi at 8 a.m. Monday," Sgt. Holder said Wednesday.
Holder sounded more at home behind his desk Wednesday morning when he said, "I’m glad it s over, so we can get back to business.
"I feel the public, by and large, has confidence in DPS, and I don’t think the great majority is over-concerned about the troops or the management here. We’re just going to keep on doing our job."
DPS brought out the brass for testimony Tuesday. Maj. Ralph Maddoux testified he made the decision “where" to transfer Butler. “I picked Rockport because I had a vacancy there. I had a good trooper to put him with as partners, and the position offered an out-going sheriff and sergeant there," Maddoux said.
“Why were you looking for such friendly folks?,” Assistant Attorney General Reed Lockhoof asked.
“We don’t throw someone to the lions. The transfer was not to punish him (Butler), but to give him more of a chance to make it as a trooper," the major replied
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New at McKenna
Johnson named to run local hospital
.. McKenna administrator
By WANDA LASATER Staff writer
Before the month is out, McKenna Memorial Hospital will be headed by the former administrator of Brooke Army Medical Center.
Marion P. "Johnny" Johnson retired in June after 30 years in the Army and heard of the recent opening of the top job at McKenna.
Board of Directors President Elliot Knox said that Johnson contacted him and the process of interviewing started. The board was satisfied with the results of the interview by the executive committee and offered Johnson the position Tuesday.
Johnson replaces Tom McNeal, who was fired by the board last month due to pwusMnl problems which stemmed from his relationship with a
hospital employee. McNeal had served as administrator for two years.
Johnson will officially begin work Oct. 31, but will be spending time at the hospital in the next weeks becoming accustomed to the new surroundings.
“With the construction and outstanding reputation of the hospital in the surrounding communities, especially San Antonio, I know I am joining a staff that has already met and exceeded many expectations," Johnson said Tuesday.
The former Army colonel added that the hospital and its staff are "high quality" and "serve the community in an outstanding way."
“I am proud of being asked to be a member af the staff. I really like Nev* Braunfels because of the beauty and
the friendliness of the people It’s very much a welcoming atmosphere and the hospital abounds in it.
“My feeling of confidence is based on the staff — medical and hospital — that is extremely well qualified to run the hospital’s individual activities in a supenor way. I feel I will be able to assist them and make it easier for them,’’ said Johnson As for the future, Johnson said that the ‘honeymoon” period will continue for now “but I’m sure there will be hard times and hard work ahead with the new construction and expansion. You can feel the excitement in the air around McKenna — it’s quality in progress ’’
Johnson has experience managing renovation of hospital facilities
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A nutty time
The pecans ate dropping out of me trees long apout now, and three year old Kendra Retmer is picking them up as fast as she can rn her yard at 806 tncmo She s the daughter of County Attorney Bill RetmerSoviet threat puts arms talks in jeopardy
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Soviet Union is threatening to break off talks with the United States if an agreement is not reached by December blocking the deployment of the first batch of American nuclear missiles aimed st Soviet territory from European soil, according to U.S. officials here.
While the move is taken seriously, it is sera as an attempt to influence public opinion in western Europe against the Reagan administration.
"They're trying to put the screws to the Europeans,” said one official Tuesday.
The current round (rf talks in Geneva, Switzerland, is scheduled to wind up at the end of the month. Despite concessions by both sides, the outlook for an agreement by December is uncertain. That is when nine U S Pershing 2 missiles ere due to be deployed in West Germany and 16 cruise missiles in Britain and Italy, unless an agreement is reached.
The United States, with the support of its allies, has pledged to try to keep the talks going if an agreement is not reached by December. According to Reagan and other top UJ». officials, the Soviets will bargain seriously only when they are faced with the American deployment.
If an accord is reached, the US. deployment could be reversed, scrapping missiles already installed or barring new ones — depending on the scope of tho agreement. Initially, President Reagan offered to shelve all 572 missiles if the Soviets dismantled att the intermedia te-range missiles thsy have pointed at western Europe and Asia. These include Mi triple-warhead SS-20s and about 250 aging SS-4 and SBW rockets.
One US. official, who spoke only on condition that ha not bs identified, said ha sxpected tbs Soviet position to become clearer today.
Today's 'f-'.“S ...a)
A 'hies norther" Maw into Sooth Texas Tuesday, sanding overnight temperatures into Ms mfd Sis. Today wil bs partly dandy and cool, with winds from tbs north at 16-25 miles per hour and gusty. Lake wind advisories remain in effect br today. Tonight will ba fair and chilly, with Mads dtarfflkridflg to IMI mph, and staying near 1ft aph on Thursday. Teaigtt’s low is expected to be la the 41a, and Thursday will be sunny, withe high temperature in the mkHte KGNB recorded H inch of nvanhjhl rainfall, and .25 inch MI at GMgroaDML
Philadelphia used Mio home runs to win a 2-1 jjntir star nahhnsri hi Ma first game of the Warts Sorias Tuesday. Gams 2 ii tonight in Mlhnere. Dubbin
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Savage recommendation made; announcement due 'soon'
The word from the Fort Sam Houston Public Information Office is a recommendation has been made to Gen. Robert Buker on William Dale Sav age’s military future.
But the recommendation won’t be public knowledge until Gen. Buker makes his recommendation on the board s recommendation, a spokeswoman said.
There is no timetable on Baker s announcement, although the spokeswoman said, "We all hope it’s soon We’re getting phone calls all the time
Savage appeared before a board of inquiry on Sept. 30, to plead his case. He
told Ma J George Michels. Capt WiUam Thresher and Cap! Murine Coleman that he wanted to make the military a 20-year plus career “I enjoy what I do, and I hope thus board decides rn my favor,” Savage said “But I know there’s a lot of pressure against that”
Savage is in his second year of a three-year assignment and currently serves as a physical activities specialist at Fort Sam’s 3rd Battalion Savage’s civilian court appearance* brought about the military hearing The 23-year-old private was given IO years probation April 14 for the involuntary
manslaughter of Ruben Sauced* Sr In September, he pleaded guilty to the same charges for three more Sauceda family members killed that same October night, and received three 10-year probated sentences to run concurrent with the first one.
A dishonorable discharge was not included in possible recommendations The board of officers was to decide whether Savage should be remain on active duty or be discharged by honorable, general under honorable or other than honorable conditions
Bogus 'spill' to test Guard units
By DYANNE FRY Staff wntar
Despite the separation (rf the northbound and southbound lanes, head-on collisions do occur on IH 35.
Suppose one were to happen this coming Sunday at the FM 725 exit; and let’s also suppose that one of the vehicles involved was carrying radioactive waste Imagine for a minute that city police, firefighters, utility workers, state highway troopers and the Texas Rangers were all busy in Comaltown and I .anda Estates, where a
tornado had struck that morning That’s the scenario for the Texas State Guard's annual field exercise, set fur I p m. Sunday in New Braunfels “It’s a what-if situation," said Rennie Guenther, a captain in the 606 M P Battalion “We have to do this every year And we have all the other agencies busy at the time, so that the state guard will be called out.”
Despite the tornado crisis’’ in Comaltown, local law enforcement agencies will be assisting with the drill; as will the State Department of Highways
and Public Transportation and the local Emergency Management Agency New Braunfels’ Emergency Operations Center, an arm of Civil Defense, will coordinate the operation Five companies of the 666th State Guard Battalion will participate, each with its own specific duties The script outlines the simulated nuclear spill thus at 12: )0 p m Sunday, a southbound passenger car will somehow get onto the northbound lane of IH SI, colliding head-on with a hazardous waste
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