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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 17, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas • Hw9\6-Z9ltung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, October 17,19^ Pag«3A Briefly Inmate hospitalized after stabbing HUNTSVILLE (AP) - A Texas prison inmate stabbed with a piece of fencing was reported in fair condition at a Galveston hospital, according to officials. Israel Ramirez, 23, serving seven years for a Hidalgo County attempted murder conviction, was stabbed Wednesday morning as he was being escorted from the shower at the Texas Department of Corrections Darrington Unit near Rosharon, prison spokesman Charles Brown said. Another inmate, wielding a piece of cyclone fencing, reached through the bars of his cell and stabbed Ramirez once in the upper chest, prison officials said. The suspect, a 26-year-old inmate serving 30 years for burglary of a habitation, was being questioned in the incident, Brown .said. The stabbing brings to 192 the number of inmates attacked in TDC facilties so far this year. Brown said. Twenty-seven inmate homicides have been recorded by TDC this year. Attorney to probe arson case ODE^A (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office will request a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into government handling of an arson-conspiracy case that led to the convictions of two Odessa politicians. Helen Eversberg, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said Wednesday the investigation "will clear up any matters that may be in question’’ regarding the Sept. 21 convictions of Ector County Commissioner Willie Hammond Jr. and former Odessa City Councilman Keith Weddel. In his sentencing of Hammond and Weddel Monday, Midland U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton said "this case has always had political overtcMies.’’ The judge charged that the government "cut corners’’ in order to secure convictions. Hammond, 44, Wednesday blamed his conviction on a political conspiracy, but he refused to name the alleged con.spirators he claims are "almighty powerful as far as getting the (U.S.) Ju.stice Department to do their dirty work.’’ Bunton sentenced Hammond to four concurrent five-year probated prison terms stemming from the commi.ssioner’s Sept. 21 El Paso conviction of two arson conspiracy and perjury. The judge stipulated that Hammond serve a six-month prison term for one of the two perjury convictions and a.s.sessed the commissioner a $10,000 fine. Weddel, 54, also was sentenced Monday to two concurrent five-year probated prison terms and fined $20,000. Weddel was tried jointly with Hammond and convicted of arson con.spiracy. One injured in oil rig fire SOMERSET (AP) — A 59-year-old man was treated and released for burns he suffered Wednesday in an oil rig fire here, officials said. The victim, Arthur Ruch, suffered burns on his face and arms, said a spokeswoman at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Somerset and Lytle volunteer fire departments extinguished the blaze shortly after it broke out, .said Bexar County Fire Marshal Carl Mixon. Ruch was working for Alamo Well Services Inc. when a pix ket of gas ignited at an oil well, Mixon said. Two other workers at the scene were not injured. Mixon said the fire caused about $38,500 in damage to the equipment. Colombians imprisoned in Jail case HOUSTON (AP) — Two Colombians arre.sted in connection with one of the state’s largest cocaine .seizures have each been .sentenced to IO years in prison. Idinael Martinez, 36, and Anthony Romano, 39, were .sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Rms Sterling. Martinez was convicted of operating a continuing criminal enterprise and Romano of importing cocaine. The two men pleaded guilty to the charges in August. The pair was arrested Oct. 19,1984, at Houston Intercontinental Airport en route to Miami, authorities said. The arrests came after authorities seized almost 1,000 pounds of cocaine and 1,200 pounds of marijuana from three Houston warehouses. An oRicial with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration testified drug agents worked closely with the two defendants arid arranged to have the massive drug shipments seized. Authorities said the defendants also have been linked to some 2,500 pounds of cocaine that was smuggled on a plane to Atlanta. Rape, robbery suspects sought DALI^AS (AP) — Police were continuing their search Wednesday night for two men wanted in connection with the rape and robbery of two teen-age girls, who were attacked after leaving the State Fair of Texas. The two girls, ages 13 and 14, were with a man when they were approached by two other men at a parking lot outside the fair grounds Tuesday night about ll p.m., Dallas police investigator Carolyn Bowling said. The girls and the man are from Arlington. One of the men was armed with a sawed-off shotgun, Ms. Bowling said. The two men forced the three inside a van belonging to one of the girl’s fathers after taking about $30 from them, she said. The van was driven to an unknown location in Dallas where the two girls were sexually assaulted, Ms. Bowling said. The two attackers then fled the van, telling the three to wait 15 minutes before trying to leave. The victims drove to Parkland Memorial Hospital about 5 a.m., where the police were called, she said. HoroscopeTwo killed,9 injured when rig capsizes: GALVF^STON (AP) — Officials of an offshore construction company said an investigation was necessary to determine if a barge accident in which two workers were killed and nine injured was the result of mechanical or human error. A barge known as the DMC-1 rolled over in about 45 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday some 12 miles southeast of Galveston as it neared a worksite about two miles away in the Gulf, officials of Houston-ba.sed Drynorth USA Inc. said. Divers found the two bodies in the water-filled galley of the barge. The exact cau.se of the deaths was unknown. The company hoped to begin its investigation today. Names of the victims were not immediately released because family members could not be reached, Drynorth spokeswoman Pat Plant said. Of the survivors, two were held overnight for treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Both Albert. Taylor, 41, of Arnaudville, La., and Michael (Champs, 32, of Houston, were listed in satisfactory condition. Six were released following treatment for various lacerations, minor fractures or strains. One man was treated for burns. None of the survivors would speak with reporters. "All I want to do is go home,’’ hospital spokeswoman Linda Macdonald quoted one crewman as saying. Crew member Kenneth Poston, 52, of Angleton, left the emergency room with a large bandage around his left arm. "He’s fine,’’ his wife, Angie, said as .she hustled her husband into their car. One of the men walked into the emergency room carrying an oar. Another clutched a life ring. "They said they wanted to keep their souvenirs,’’ said Dr. Joseph Stothert, director of the emergency room. Ms. Plant said the cause of the accident ‘‘is still really undetermined at this point.’’ She described any efforts to right the barge as "a major thing.’’ Because the overturned vessel posed no hazard to shipping, the C^st Guard planned to leave any salvage efforts to Drynorth, Coast Guard spokesman Mark Kennedy said. David Brandon, port captain for Drynorth, described the self-propelled vessel as 80 feet long, 60 feet wide and with three 118-foot legs. It could accommodate up to 15 workers. "We don’t know what happened,’’ he said. The vessel was one of two such construction barges owned by the company, Brandon said. Diynorth officials would not say how long their investigation was likely to take and refused to speculate whether the accident was the result of human or mechanical error. "I can’t go into any details,” Brandon said. "All we know now is that everybody’s been accounted for." Besides Poston, hospital officials identified the other survivors m Dougla.s Klegg, 32, of Bay City; Mark Watson, 31, of Port I^vaca; George Sherman, 38, of Houston; Eklward Ander.son, 23, of Picayune, Miss.; Robie Bernard, 28, of [.afayette, La.; and I>ouglas Morrill, 22, of New Orleans. Change of venue proposed for Ruiz AUSTIN (AP) - The David Ruiz robbery ca.se should be retried some place other than Austin, according to the judge who ordered a mistrial on Tuesday. .State Di.strict Judge C.C. "Kit" C(K)ke on Wednesday called for arguments on Oct. 28 concerning his proposal the trial be moved to another county. "I just think there would be less problems if we try it somewhere el.se," Cooke told .state and defense attorneys. (’ooke, who ordered a mistrial after hearing two weeks of evidence and testimony, said he was concerned about security problems and about the extensive news coverage given Ruiz’s court appearances. "I am giving attorneys notice that I am considering a change of venue and will hear their arguments on Oct. 28,” Cooke .said. "If I decide not to move the trial, we will begin th** retrial that afternoon." Cooke said he had talked with judges in other counties but had made no decision which county might tx* chosen. The judge said he might consider a defense motion to continue the trial until Nov. 18, if the trial is moved. "We do not want the trial moved out of Austin," Bob Looney, chief counsel for Ruiz, told reporters afterwards. "We think he has a right to be tried where he lives." "We think this defendant can get a fair trial in any place in Texas, and that includes Austin," said Terry Keel, an assistant Travis County district attorney. Ruiz, the main plaintiff in the federal court lawsuit that brought on court-ordered reforms in the Texas prison system, was arrested Sep-teber 1^ and charged with four counts of aggravated robbery and one of rape. He was being tried only on the robbery counts. After a bailiff testified he beUeved one of the jurors had been drinking, liooney asked for the mistrial saying he he ^d not want a juror on the case "who has been drinking because a juror is not only su|^>osed to be able to listen but be capable of un- Woman accused in cable theft AUSTIN (AP) — An Austin woman has been cliarged with steabng cable television programming in a crackdown by the city’s cable company against an estimated 40,000 cable pirates reportedly operating the city, police say. The woman was being held in lieu of $500 bond after she was arrested on a diarge of illegally intercepting subscription television transmissions from Austin Cablevision. The charge filed against the woman is a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail. Officials of Austin Cablevision have estimated as many as 40,000 people in the city are receiving some .sort of cable programming without paying for it. An affidavit filed in Municipal Court alleges that the cable company discovered Sept. 3 that an unauthorized cable connection had Ijeen set up at her apartment. The connection was severed and the woman was notified, the records show. A second inspection revealed Oct. 2 that the service had been reconnected, courts show. Austin Cablevision officials in September announced that cable pirates would not be prosecuted during that month if they reported unauthorized connections and discontinued the service or agreed to subscribe to it. The grace period ended Oct. I. The new misdemeanor theft law applying specifically to cable programming was written as a result of loopholes in existing theft laws. The existing laws were difficult to apply to cable pirating, officials said. derstanding." Looney told reporters Wedne.sday there is no law against a juror drinking during a lunch recess "but if he is inebriated, that is another thing.” “This just moves the trial back about two weeks,” said Brian Bishfip, an assistant district attorney. “Apparently the judge felt that the defendant could not get a fair trial." Looney had made numeroiLs other efforts to get a mistrial, mcluding protests about the amount of .security inside and outside the courtroom. Spectators and attorneys had to walk through a metal detection device to get in the courtroom Three armed umformed officers escorted Ruiz back and forth from the jail, with one of them .sitting clo.se to him in the courtroom. 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