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FRIDAY September 2,1983 25 centsNew Braunfels, Texes Vol. 92 — No. 175 20 Pages—2 Sections (USPS 377-880)
Soviets blasted for shooting jet
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Reagan and members of Congress have united in demands for a full accounting from the Soviet Union for the deaths of more than 260 people aboard a South Korean airliner that was reported shot from the skies near a remote Soviet island military installation.
The Soviet Union is steadfastly denying any responsibility for the fatal incident, but those denials are being rejected as totally inadequate by the United States and other nations which have erupted in a burst of global outrage.
President Reagan, who had planned to end a vacation at his Santa Barbara, Calif., ranch next Monday, was instead returning to Washington today for a round of White House meetings with his national security advisers and the bipartisan congressional leadership.
Congress is in the midst of a five-week recess due to end Sept. 12, but there are no indications the House and Senate will reconvene earlier.
In Paris today, the Soviet Embassy accused the United States of launching a "hysterical anti-Soviet campaign" over the plane.
The embassy added no information about the fate of the plane, however. It called the loss of the sr "a catastrophe," but said the jet had twice
violated the Soviet Union's airspace and the crew did not respond to signals addressed to it.
U.S. officials said Thursday in detailed accounts that a heat-seeking missile fired by a Soviet SU-15 jet fighter destroyed the unarmed 747 passenger plane, killing all its occupants — including Rep. Larry McDonald, D-Ga., and about 30 other Americans.
The United States and South Korea demanded an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council, which was likely to be convened today.
"Words can scrcely express our revulsion at this horrifying ct of violence," Reagan said, uniting with congressional leaders in strongly worded condemnations and calls for a full accounting from he Kremlin.
"The United States joins with other members of the international community in demanding a full explanation for this appalling and wanton misdeed," the president declared
House Seeker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr., D-Mass., called it "an unbelievably barbaric act," adding, "explanations and apologies will not suffice."
Members of Congress are calling for direct action against the Soviets, including calls for restrictions on trade, the cancellation of Soviet landing rights in the United States and the closing of the U.S. embassy
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Schroeder calls hearing a 'mockery'
I By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The 207th District courtroom was full of harmony ,' Thursday. But after William Dale Savage s pre-trial 4 hearing, reaction to his repeat probated sentences tipped both ends of the scale.
Savage received three concurrent 10-year sen-, tences Thursday to the Texas Department of I* Corrections for the deaths of Ortencia Sauceda and her children, 23-month-oid Victoria and 11-roonth-old Ruben Jr. Each sentence was probated, to nm concurrent with the 10-year probated sentence he received April 14 for killing Ruben Sauceda Sr.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder, who refused to further prosecute Savage after the April 14 probated sentence, called Thursday's hearing a "mockery.” "Do people want a neutral justice system or one dictated by certain factions?” Schroeder asked. "As long as I'm in this office, no one will dictate what the criminal system justice should be. The 'day in court’ mess was pure garbage.”
However, Savage’s attorney Rick Woods said Thursday’s outcome was "what should have happened in the first place.” Woods indicated his client had offered to plead out the other three cases earlier when Schroeder was still in the picture.
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Schroeder said Thursday by the time Woods made the offer, it was too late. "The controversy had already taken shape,” he added. "To have pleaded then would have made matters worse."
But Committee of Justice for All members have now indicated all they ever wanted was Savage's admission of guilt and a day in court for Sauceda's wife and her two children.
All four died after being struck by Savage’s car last October as they walked along the IH 35 access road.Related Story, Page 12A
Committee president Virginia Pacheco said, "We wanted consideration, and to bring William Savage to the understanding of what he had done.”
That understanding started Thursday with an admission of guilt from Savage for each of the three deaths. Each indictment was read, and each was followed by a yet-softer "guilty" from Savage's lips.
"What you couldn’t see was he not wily had tears in his eyes, but streaming down his cheeks and puddles on his pants where they fell," special
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Universal City fireman Roger Handte gets some oxygen
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Firefighters were cleaning up the mess this morning left b> a fire that destroyed Garden Ridge Pottery and World Imports along Interstate 35 Thursday night.
The night-long fire, which began about 5:45 p.m., gutted the building and melted the walls and roof. Flareups from the fire kept firefighters at the scene past midnight. Billows of smoke from the fire were visible as far north as New Braunfels.
The building was "totaled out." Schertz Police Chief J W. Keith said at the site, adding that the damage was "in the millions."
An arson investigator for the Schertz police department and fire department is handling the investigation, Keith said.
Keith said his department does not suspect arson. The fire may have been started by a dropped cigarette, "but that's purely specluation," he said.
About 15 fire departments responded to the call, including units from Randolph Air Force Base, New Braunfels Fire Department and Emergency Operating Center representatives.
A store employee who asked not to be identified said the fire occurred
shortly before closing time She said she smelled something burning at the back of the building When she looked in that direction, she saw smoke She then notified the fire department.
"We were just closing up." she said "We still had customers going in (to the store i."
The employee said all the customers and employees were evacuated from the building.
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Traffic was blocked alwig the interstate at the north and south points
of Schertz city limits and along FM 3009 for about 24 hours.
"No telling how many miles it's backed up.'' Keith said.
Hundreds of spectators lined the IH 35 access roads to watch the fire. Despite the numbers, the spectators were well-behaved. Keith said
Although Keith said the fire was out about 7:30 p.m., flare-ups in Unbuilding continued to build and burn keeping firefighters busy through the night.
New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Wilson said firefighters feared that
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'Scoop'Jackson killed by heart attack
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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Sen. Henry M. Jackson, the powerful "cold warrior" Democrat who combined hardline anti-Soviet stands with liberal views on social issues, is dead after suffering a massive heart attack at his home. He was 71.
Jackson, who failed in two bids at the presidency but never lost an election in his home state of Washington, died Thursday night, just hours after holding a news conference to blister the Soviet Union for shooting down a Korean jetliner the day before.
The 45-year congressional veteran died within an hour after being brought to Providence Hospital, just 12 blocks from his Everett home. Jackson, whose death
stunned those who knew him for his hard-driving schedule and energetic lifestyle, had never been in the hospital before, except to meet with its board of directors and sip tea with its Catholic nuns "I always thought he was indestructable ... He took exceptional care of himself," said former Sen. Warren G Magnuson, D-Wash, who served 28 years rn Congress with Jackson. "I lost a great personal friend. We were very close."
Denny Miller, Jackson's administrative assistant, read from a prepared statement at a hospital news conference. He said Jackson had been at home with his wife, Helen, and collapsed in bed about 7:30 p.m "Sen. Jackson had watched the evening
news on television with Mrs Jackson and. complaining of not feeling too well, went to bed early," Miller said.
Soon after her retired, Miller and a friend of the Jacksons’, Dr. Haakon Ragde, came to the house ami found Jackson stricken ut bed.
Dr. Kirk Pandit*, a cardiologist, said doctors believe a massive heart attack killed the senator. "Despite 45 minutes of intensive care, he did not respond at all." he said
Jackson, Washington’s senior senator, had been suffering from a chest cold, Miller said, but had been well enough to keep appointments and hold the news conference in Seattle.
"The senator returned from the People's Republic of China last Sunday,’ Miller said "He spent three day s al his Everett home treating Die illness. '
At the news conference. Jackson called the Soviet downing of the Korean Air lanes Boeing 747 an act of barbarism."
"Their conduct was absolutely barbaric," he said. but added that a military response would not be suitable.
Jackson did not smoke, drank little ann exercised religiously The son of Norwegian immigrants, he delivered newspapers while in school, earning him the nickname "Scoop "
Expensive streets get OK in 3-1 vote by county
Thanks to a variance granted by Comal County Commissioners, an area subdivision will have brick roads instead of asphalt roads.
Dwayne Brown approached the commissioners with a proposal to pave the streets of King’s Point Subdivision with interlocking bricks instead of asphalt.
The first motion to allow brick surface failed when commissioners "Tart" Mund, Monroe Wets and J.L. "Jumbo" Evans refused to vote in favor of the proposed street material and street bate material. Commissioner Bill George and County Judge Fred Clark voted in favor of the request.
After discussion, sn amended motion passed with only Wets voting "nay” after Brown agreed to have his latter of credit increased from D7 JBO to tlBMOO will) a tws year read malntinanes agreement instead of a one-year agreement.
Brown said he had qwnt months studying the
ms term I, and had would spend a quarter million to install the road material. He said it would be the first complete subdivision in Texas with brick streets.
"It's a beautiful tract of land," County Judge Fred Clark told Brown. "I realize the expense of putting it in."
Tom Welch, a representative of a Dallas firm which manufactures the paving material, told the commissioners that the road material was maintenance free. The material was designed in Germany about 30 years ago, he said, and has been manufactured in Texas tor the last two years.
"From an economical standpoint, it’s very easy to maintain," Welch said.
Maintenance would be leas costly than with other road materials, Welch said.
For instance, Welch explained, with potholes,
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Checkbook thieves prompt warning from local police
The New Braunfels Police Department warns residents that a group of people are in the city to burglarize homes
Police said that a Houston woman •(rested by the Kerrville Police Departement has said that she is part of a group af 40 persons involved In such activity.
The woman told Kerrville police that group members travel door-to-door under the guise of selling a product with the intent of burglarzing homes. She said that the group returns to vacant homes with easy entry, and steals checkbooks.
The group is careful enough to
take the bottom stack of checks so no one notices that it is missing for some tune, police said The burglars also are careful not to leave any trace of a break-in, police said.
The suspects then write checks on the victims checking accounts It usually takes about a month before the checks begin reappearing and the victim suspects wrongdoing, police said
The New Braunfels Police Department urges local homeowners to study their checks, lf any checks are missing, persona should contact the police department