New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
N«w Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 No. 1 02 Pana, Q Co/'tinnc
34 Pages — 3 Sections
Mattox indicted for bribery
Attorney General charged over alleged threat to law firm
AUSTIN (AP) — The prosecutor who helped indict Attorney General Jim Mattox on bribery charges says the investigation is continuing with inquiries into an artificial turf contract and state intervention in a private bankruptcy case.
Mattox became the first Texas attorney general in modem history to be indicted while in office Tuesday. He was accused of threatening to ruin a Houston law firm’s public bond business unless it stopped trying to interrogate Mattox’s sister.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle mentioned two subjects Tuesday when asked what was "left on the table" as matters still under investigation concerning Mattox.
"Allegations involving Superturf and Sheam Moody," Earle said in referring to two other controversial matters reported in The Dallas Morning News.
The newspaper said Mattox steered a $1.3
Kuempel—Mattox should quit
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel says Tuesday’s indictment of Attorney General Jim Mattox "puts a black mark on all public officials."
"He has been indicted; he’ll have his day in court," said the Seguin representative Wednesday in a telephone interview from his Austin office. He said Mattox would have a chance to prove himself innocent of the bribery charges brought against him. But even if he does, Kueinpel is not sure he can rid himself of the stigma of all this negative publicity.
"I would personally like to see him (Mattox) step down; I think it would be best for the people of Texas. But I strongly believe in the judicial process,"
the representative said And he said any decision about the future of his job was a personal one for Mattox to make.
Kuempel told KGNB Radio Tuesday that Mattox certainly should leave office if he's found guilty, and that the governor would probably force him out if he didn’t resign. If the attorney general is found innocent, then he should be exonerated. Kuempel said
‘ But the stigma is still there, and it sometimes has a bearing on what kind of job you can do, whether the people have any trust in you or not," he said He indicated that he hates to see this sort of thing happen in government, whether at the state, local or federal level.
million synthetic turf contract at Texas Southern University to a political supporter after it had already been awarded to someone else It was alleged that the university changed its specifications for the turf after Mattox intervened Mattox denied any wrongdoing and said he saved the state $50,000
The paper also has reported that Mattox intervened on behalf of Moody in a private bankruptcy case, and that IO days later A Don Crowder. Mattox's former law partner, received a $20,000 payment from Moody, a Galveston millionaire.
Mattox acknowledged Crowder phoned him on behalf of Moody, but denied the) discussed the merits of the case. Mattox said the $20,000 was a retainer and paid for Crowder’s legal services after Mattox had already intervened
See MATTOX. Page UA
Drought forces Briscoe from Senate race
AUSTIN (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe says the weather's all wrong for hun to get in the chase for John Tower’s U.S. Senate seat.
Briscoe, a Democrat who would be expected to draw much of the conservative vote, said Tuesday the long Texas drought dried up his political comeback plans.
"I'm not rn a position to leave the problems created by the extended drought," he said rn a telephone interview from hid San Antonio office.
Bnscoe's 430,000-acre holdings include a cattle operation that has suffered through the drought. The business problems "require lots of personal attention and would not make it possible to devote full time to a campaign, and a campaign is a full-time commitment," he said.
Briscoe's exit left U.S. Rep. Kent Hance, former U.S. Rep Bob Krueger and state Sen. Lloyd Doggett of Austin as the top Democratic contenders for the seat. Tower surprised Texans by announcing Aug. 23 that he would not run for re-election.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul. R-Lake Jackson, is the only btg-name Republican who has announced for the race. U.S. Rep. Phil Gramm. a former Democrat, is touring the state to measure support in the
Hance, Doggett and a spokesman for Krueger all claimed the Briscoe decision would help their campaigns.
"Most political observers had said that we both would get a lot of support from the same people," said Hance.
"Obviously, Dolph Briscoe has a lot of support in South Texas and the labor community. That is support we felt that if Briscoe was not in the race that we could get," said Robert Mead, Krueger’s press secretary.
"By golly, who’ll be next?" said Doggett. "This is the best news I’ve heard since Tower quit. I welcome anybody else getting out, too."
Briscoe said he "had been anticipating getting into the race for some time, but the extended drought that started last fall and has not abated yet is still underway and has left me with problems I don't fee) that I can leave at this time.
"We had to sell and ship to market cattle, some of them not ready to go to market, and we'll have to continue to move cattle to market in spite of fact that
See BRISCOE. Page 14A
Henry, residents working out gripes
DOLPH BRISCOE no Senate race
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Bob Henry , residents of Bavarian Village Subdivision and the Qty ii New Braunfels have agreed to wait a month and try to resolve their differences outside of Municipal Court.
Five misdemeanor complaints filed by Bavarian Village residents against Henry were scheduled for trial Tuesday. But the defendants talked to the complainants and the prosecuting attorney for some time before going into the courtroom, and apparently reached an agreement that was amenable to all parties.
The Henrys have agreed to take some action to clean up some things, and the city has agreed to recommend that charges be dismissed, if it’s taken care of within the next 30 days." said Henry's attorney, Cecil W Bam of San Antonio.
City Attorney John Churm, ap
pointed to prosecute the complaints because of a conflict of interest on the part of City Prosecutor Bruce Boyer, was not available for comment Municipal Judge David Perkins said that essentially, a continuance was granted on the case If the city still wants lo prosecute after 30 days. it can; if the Bavarian Village residents decide to drop the charges, that's okay, too Henry's family owns the Schiit-terbahn and luanda Resort, but the misdemeanor complaints were filed in connection with some unrelated properties along the Comal Creek, north and west of Bavarian Village Subdivision. Residents of that neighborhood have accused Henry of violating five city ordinances The complaints include depositing of unsightly substance on a public street, illegal dumping of trash on
See HENK V. Page 14APlanners turn eyes to annexation proposals
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Two plate, a rezoning recommendation and a $50,000 trust agreement were okayed without much ado, and the Planning and Zoning Commission went home early Tuesday night.
A scheduled "report on annexation" didn’t entail too much. Planning Director Debra Goodwin said the item had been placed on the agenda "just basically to get the commission in the annexation frame of mind" after eight months of waiting for federal approval on the city's new district election plan.
"You can be reviewing some of your materials," Goodwin suggested. "If you've misplaced them, let me know; if you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me know and I’ll find something for you to look at." Two new members, Terry Burto and Larry Brumbelow, have joined the commission since
annexation was last discussed.
Commission chairman David Hartmann did meet recently with City Manager E.N. Delashmutt, who indicated he'd like to see some definite plans by January, Hartmann told the commission. II City Council gets some formal recommendations by that tune, it can discuss them and schedule the necessary public hearings in February and March, and be ready for action by early June.
"Which is the timetable we have always used for annexation," Hartmann said. The city limits were last extended in the summer of ISSI, when seven different areas were taken rn.
The city’s long-range plan targets IO more areas for annexation by the end of 1985, and it now looks as if none will be taken in in 1963.
Last spring, the planning commission recommended annexation three small, unpopulated areas. City Council reviewed the
plans and asked Delashmutt to schedule public hearings, but that was as far as the effort went. The annexations were put on hold at the recommendation of the city attorney while the U.S. Department of Justice mulled the election plan.
Commissioners may soon have plenty of time to talk about annexation, because they’ve almost finished another long-term project: the updating (rf the city’s subdivision ordinance
The group finished revising at a workshop meeting on June 21, and is now waiting to review the final draft of the new code Goodwin told members Tuesday that the last correction had been made, and that she planned to go over the ordinance with Qty Attorney John Churm some time this week.
"We’U have it to you, hopefully, by October," she said cautiously. When the commission passes final judgment on the ordinance, the Qty Council will get its turn to
wade through the 108-page document.
No one came to a "public hearing" on a request for R-3 zoning rn Shadow Park Subdivision So the commission decided to recommend approval of developer A E Frtcke’s request.
"I don’t have any problem with it." said S D David Jr The 5.783 acres in question are now zoned R-2, which would allow duplexes Fncke wants to divide the property into 14 lots and build quadruplexes. so he has asked that the property be rezoned multi-family residential It’s not really going to affect the people over in Green Valley Home Estates, because he’s on the other side of the property David noted All members present voted in favor of the recommendation, except John Dterksen, who abstained Plats for Anita's Acres. Tract Three and Oakwood Baptist Church Subdivision were approved unanimously.
Anita s Acres consists of approximately a quarter-acre of Anita Jaruszewski’s 68-odd
acres on Alves lame Jaroszewksi got the zoning changed to C-l local business) last year, explaining that she wanted to build a kitchen there for her catering service The plat reviewed Tuesday night is for the kitchen site Goodwin said Jaroszewski had alread) applied for the building permit
The only one it s going to affect is her anyway," said David, noting that all the surrounding propert) is owned by Jaroszewski and ber daughter Another commissioner worried a bit about the small size (rf the lot It wouldn't make am difference with onl> one structure there, but "It looks like there’s a lot of land out there where she could put a lot of little bitty things all backing out on Alves lane." he said
See PLANNERS, Page 14A
A born fighter
Mattox too feisty for own good, friends say
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox has a reputation of never backing away from a battle Some would say he even seeks them out.
In politics, a business where many "go along to get along," Mattox has thrived on controversy. But none of the batties is as serious as Tuesday’s commercial bribery indictment, a charge that carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
"I have not done one single thing wrong in hts entire matter," Mattox has said on a 2 Vi-month investigation into his campaign finances and other allegations against
State Rep. Bob Bush, Doberman, said Tuesday that Mattox’s approach to life is part of the attorney general’s legal problems.
"He baa a pugnacious personality He's net the friendliest man I’ve ever met by any means," said Bush, chairman of the Hmm Judiciary Committee.
Mattox is "unusually pugnacious for a public official," according to Bush, and
that image "makes it easy for < people) to have prejudice against him."
Mattox, single and 40, is the feisty son of a broken home. When he was 12, his father left home, and his mother raised the three Mattox children by waiting tables at an Italian restaurant in Dallas.
"A number of the guys I grew up with ended up in prison," he once said, referring to his childhood East Dallas friends et "a tough crowd."
He’s only lost one politics I contest, a three-vote defeat in a 1888 precinct chairman race. It’s a race long forgotten by most, but Mattox remembers it as one in which he was branded as a candidate with "socialistic tendencies."
In IHS, he was elected student body president of the huffiness school et Baylor. Characteristically, he ran against the power structure.
"I ran an anti-fraternity campaign," he recalled.
Friends say backing down is not Mattox's style.
"I don’t think retreat is in his vocabulary. He’s more tenacious than a bulldog. I believe you have to kill him to get him loose," said Joe Gunn, secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, which supported hun in his successful race for attorney general last year.
In 1972 and 1974, Mattox was elected to the Texas House, where he was a maverick who led opposition to Speaker Billy Clayton Nevertheless, rn 1973 his colleagues voted him outstanding House freshman.
In 1978,1978 and 1980 Mattox won races for the U.S. House. As a freshman congressman, he tangled with Speaker Thomas O’Neill. The topic — the House dress code. A presidential order had turned up the thermostats on the House floor. It was warm, and Mattox showed up on the House floor rn shirt sleeves, a violation of the dress code.
For his three days of national publicity,
See PROFILE, Page XAInsideToday’s Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today, mild tonight, and partly cloudy and warm Thursday. Probability of thundershowers is SI percent today. Winds will be from the northeast at 18-1$ mph today, light and variable tonight and east to southeasterly at 18-15 mph Thursday. Sunset will be at 7:98 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:15 a JU.Poised For Battle
Navy warships hover off the first.
ready to fight if the U.S. Marines need them.See Page IBA
CROSSWORD ......... TC
DEAR ABRY................ 28
DEATHS ................ SA
STOCKS ..... 14A
WEATHER.......................SASavage inquiry postponed 2 weeks
SAN ANTONIO — A board (rf inquiry to determine the military status of William Dale Savage has been delayed from its original Sept 16 dale to Sept 30
The postponement came at the request of Savage's military counsel. His civilian attorney . Rick Woods of San Antonio, will only provide assistance to the military attorney
"I won’t be representing him (Savage) at the military hearing,’' Woods said Wednesday. "I believe the postponement was on account of some witnesses being unavailable on Sept 16 "
The board of inquiry will convene to hear testimony and review evidence in making its recommendation on whether Savage will be retained on active military duty Savage is rn his second year of a three-year assignment, and currently serves aa a physical activities specialist at Fort Sam Houston's 3rd Battalion
Savage pleaded guilty to three counts of involuntary manslaughter Sept I, and received three concurrent 18-year probated sentence* for tilt deaths of Ortencia Sauced* and her two children bat October
The three probated sentences were also set to run concurrent with the 10-year probated sentence Savage received in April for killing Ruben Sauceda