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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Wounded officer Area released from hospital See below Water Watch 410 MOSS 10/22/P- MICROPI ex 1Nc “ /" ^1 11 H WOMBLE F'. U. Buy 4 PALLAS, '/ 75245 Comal River............ 234    cts tup o; Canyon inflow.......185 cfs (down 7) Canyon outflow........141    cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer ....... 623    79 (up .08) Canyon Lake level....... 908    05 (same) A1 County Thompson steps down from Sattler effort See Page 2A Astros may fire general manager, see Page 7A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Vol.94 -No. 181 Friday September 13,1985 25 Cents 26 Pages 3 Sections Murder trial will proceed By DEBBIE DsLOACH Staff writer Rodolfo Baiza Hernandez, found competent to stand trial Thursday, will face life in prison or death if he's found guilty of capital murder It took a Comal County jury two hours to decide Hernandez is competent to stand trial. His court-appointed attorneys, John Chunn and Mark Cusack, had filed a motion stating Hernandez was incompetent, and were granted a hearing to try and prove their allegation. The competency verdict also cleared the way for jury selection for the capital murder trial to begin at 9 a rn. Monday Attorneys speculate that selection process could take as long as two weeks. Hernandez is one of two San Antonio men charged with capital murder, in connection with the gangland-style shooting of five Mexican nationals off FM 1863 on March 7 The other suspect, Jesse Garibay, has struck an apparent plea bargain with the state, in exchange for his testimony against his brother-in-law Hernandez. The competency hearing was granted in pre-trial motions Monday. Testimony began Wednesday, and by noon Thursday, the jury had heard a private investigator, Hernandez cousin. Chunn and Cusack testify Hernandez was incompetent to stand trial. “I mean, look at him,” Chunn said See MT ROER, Page 12A Curt E Schmidt dies Thursday CISD gets little flak on tax hike By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer Only a handful of Comal ISO patrons showed up at Thursday night’s public hearing on a proposed $1,046 tax rate, which represents a 21- cent increase over the current tax rate. And the ones who did speak grumbled more about recent reappraisals on their property than the tax increase. CISD trustees approved a $15 million operating budget for the 1985-86 school year last August Business Manager Abel Campos said the $1 046 tax rate was needed to meet operating expenses and $2.5 million rn debt service requirements, and to compensate for losses of almost $1 million in state funds Of the $1 046 tax rate, Campos said 81.2 cents will will be used for maintenance and operation, and 23.4 cents will go toward payment of debt See CISD, Page 12A Curt E Schmidt, a prominent New Braunfels attorney and educator, died Thursday at McKenna Memorial Hospital Schmidt spent 40 years as an educator, most in New Braunfels schools He spent 17 years as a New Braunfels attorney and served as Comal County Attorney in 1946 Schmidt was the superintendent of New Braunfels schools from 1962 to 1966 during which time, he established the first area vocational sc hool in Texas, inaugurated the first Head Start program and established a vocational school of nursing Schmidt began his education career in 1922 when he taught in a one-room country school in Gillespie County He first taught in New Braunfels at Carl Schurz School where he taught English and playground He went on to become principal of that school before he was made superintendent Although it was not required that principals teach classes, Schmidt always taught a class or two either in art or music. In 1931, Schmidt organized a summer school devoted entirely to teaching the German language, folkways, folksongs and German pioneer traditions From as few as 40 students the school grew to 300 and more Schmidt said World War II destroyed the school Since the nation was at war with Germany, everything German became suspect. Promoting the German language was considered subversive and even a German accent was considered Curt E. Schmidt offensive. Local support for the summer school was withdrawn and the enterprise was permitted to fail. While serving as principal of Carl Schurz School, Schmidt received his law degree from St Mary’s University in San Antonio in 1942 He went into private practice with partner Mark V Fuchs in the Henne Building in New Braunfels He remained in practice until 1950 when he returned to teaching In 1970 he went back into private practice with Melvin Nolte, Jr He retired from legal practice in 1982 Schmidt was born Nov 5, 1903 to Ernst I., and Hertha < nee Heimann i Schmidt in Gillespie County He See St HMIDT. Page LIA Inside Today's weather Cloudy conditions continue today with a 40 percent chance of thundershowers. The chance of rain drops to 20 percent tonight and Saturday. The high Thursday was 84 and the low today was 71. Sunset will be at 7:39 p.m. and sunrise will be at 7:15 a.m. CLASSIFIED 1 8B,1 BC COMICS 10A CROSSWORD BC DEAR ABBY 11A DEATHS 2A ENTERTAINMENT BC HOROSCOPE BC OPINIONS 4A RELIGION B-6A SPORTS 7-9A STOCKS 2A WEATHER 2A Blackley is sworn in as court-at-law judge A capacity crowd attended Thursday as Charles Blackley, newly appointed county court-at-law judge, took the oath of office. Chief Justice Robert Shannon of the State 3rd Court of Appeals gave Blackley the oath of office, and District Judge Robert Pfeuffer introduced the ceremony. Though Blackley received the oath of office the first week he was here, the formal ceremony was to allow county officials to welcome him and to give his colleagues and superiors at the 3rd Court of Appeals the opportunity to celebrate his appointment. “When Blackley came to the Court of Appeals, he was the only briefing attorney for three cranky judges," Shannon said in opening remarks. “And we all wanted our own work done instantly. He did a balanced job. ‘‘The Court of Appeals loss is a gain for the people of this county,” he added. "We are looking forward to grading some of las papers." ‘‘It feels Uke coming home," Blackley said in an interview Blackley, after a year as a briefing attorney, worked at two law firms here: Bart rum and Reagan and Chunn k Chunn He also sat on the county court-at-law bench for three months after County Court-at-Law Judge D.H. Buchanan’s stroke He went back to work in the court of appeals in 1961. “I have practiced in New Braunfels longer than any other See blackley, Page UA Chief Justice Shannon administers oath to Biacktey Schertz officer released from hospital By SARAH DUKE Staff writer SCHERTZ — Schertz police officer James T. Mac Sorely was released from Valley Oaks Regional Hospital Thursday morning in good condition after being shot Tuesday afternoon when he answered a call of a burglary in progress. Mac Sorely was shot with No. 8 birdshot from a 12 gauge shotgun. He was injured in his face, neck and chest, said a hospital spokesman. “There was no damage to major arteries or nerves,” the spokesman said “Doctors have not decided yet how to get the birdshot out.” Willie Brooks, of Schertz, remains at the Guadalupe County jail charged with attempted capital murder (A a pohce officer. He surrendered after a 90 minute standoff with police Tuesday. Schertz Police Chief James Keith said Brooks reportedly had mental See OFFICER, Page 12A Downtown chase Arrest made A chase through downtown Thursday resulted in the arrest of Juanito Correa, 20, for reckless conduct. Correa was arrested in the 1000 block cf MMI Street. Detective Juan Gusme said Correa, of the River Bend area#”is not talking” and police do D€RYL Ct AWK HERALD ZflfUNG not know why he was carrying the gun. Gusme said the police department received a report of a man carrying a gun around 2 p.m. Several patrol cars arrived 8t the area and after a brief search, Correa was found. ;

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