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CompRanger's testimony focus of murder trial
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Ross Felder will not be allowed to hear a portion of testimony from Texas Ranger Ray Martinez.
Presiding Judge Fred Moore made that ruling after hearing Martinez testify about his contact with Mrs. Deanne Felder, the defendant’s wife, in November of 1981. The testimony was heard without the presence of the jury.
Moore ruled Martinez’ testimony about Mrs. Felder’s help in the
crime scene identification infringed on the husband-wife privilege. “The law is with the defendant in this respect,” Moore said. “Martinez can testify but he can’t say she (Mrs. Felder) was present or that she led him to the skeletal remains.”
Felder is charged in the shooting death of Clifton James Slate, 89, of Palestine. Slate’s skeletal remains were found Nov. 21, 1981, in a wooded area near a ranch off Bear Creek Road in Comal County. A shotgun blast to the back of the head was ruled the cause of death by an Austin medical examiner.
Slate was reported missing to the Palestine Police Department in May
of 1981. A member of that police force, Detective Sergeant Gary Thomas, testified Tuesday that Slate’s ex-wife Debra Harris contacted him, and said she had some information she felt he should see.
The information turned out to be four American Express credit card receipts, and a check on Slate’s account that were received in the mail, and given to Slate’s daughter, Kim Brooks.
Mrs. Brooks testified she had opened her father’s mail looking for a clue where he might be.
A private investigator from Dallas, Morris Brumley, was retained June I by Slate’s family and friends. His
purpose was to locate Clifton James
“I .started in New Braunfels, then went to the Holiday Inn hotel in Seguin,” Brumley testified. “Then I went to motels in Edinburg, Mercedes, Brownsville and South Padre Island. I went those places because someone using Mr. Slate’s name had checked into these motels.”
Brumley said he later talked to someone at the Palestine Police Department on what he had unearthed.
“Did you located Clifton James Slate?” District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked.
“No, I have not,” Brumley
The credit card receipts and check were delivered to Ranger Martinez by Thomas. Martinez testified he took them to the Department of Public Safety Question Documents Section in Austin.
Another state’s exhibit entered into evidence, was a handwriting speciment (commonly referred to as the ‘London Letter’), penned by Felder in Martinez’ office.
“Was a handwriting expert present at the time this was done?” Defense Attorney John Chunn asked.
“No,” Martinez said.
See TRIAL, Page 14A
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today with a 20 percent chance of thundershowers this afternoon. It will be partly cloudy tonight and Thursday.
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Lebanese leader killed in blast
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Israeli troops and armor pushed into Moslem west Beirut early today to head off what they called a ‘dangerous situation” following the bombing that killed Israeli-backed President-elect Bashir Gemayel and at least 26 senior aides.
The troops entered west Beirut in a “limited” move “to prevent fighting and secure peace,” after the Tuesday blast that killed Gemayel, the Tel Aviv command said. It gave no details, but Beirut radio stations reported shooting between advancing Israeli forces and leftist Moslem militiamen.
For the first time in their 14-week-old invasion, the Israelis drove into the former PLO nerve center in the Fakhani neighborhood. They also entered the Kuwaiti Embassy area and the adjacent Bir Hassan neigborhood on the edge of the Chatilla refugee camp, and the coastal strip stretching from Ouzai to the burned-out Summerland Hotel, Beirut radios reported. I
The Israeli command also clamped «i curfew on Sidon, the main city in southern Lebanon, and closed the Lebanese-Israeli border to all but military traffic. Prime Minister Menachem
Begin’s spokesman, Uri Porat, told reporters in Jerusalem the army entered west Beirut to head off “a dangerous situation.”
U.S. presidential envoy Morris Draper met with Begin for nearly an hour and said, “the shattering experience of Bashir Gemayel’s assassination yesterday has complicated the problem for us, but we are going to move forward with determination.”
No group claimed responsibility for the assassination, but Gemayel was opposed by Palestinians, lebanese leftists and their Syrian allies who saw him moving toward a peace treaty with Israel. Gemayel also had rivals for power in the Christian community and escaped two previous assassination attempts.
Although Gemayel had not said he would seek a peace treaty between Lebanon and Israel, he had met with Israeli leaders and some of his foes criticized hun for cooperation with the invading Israeli forces. He was the third leader in the Arab world linked to accommodation with Israel to be assassinated. King Abdullah of Jordan was killed
See LEBANON, Page 14A
Death of a princess
Crash injuries fatal to Grace Kelly
MONTE CARIX), Monaco (AP) — The jody of Princess Grace lay in state today in a 18th century palace chapel and her subjects came to pay respects to the Oscar-winning actress who left Hollywood 26 years ago but remained one of its most beloved stars.
The former Grace Kelly died in a Monaco hospital Tuesday at the age of 52 from a cerebral hemorrhage, about 86 hours after her car somersaulted 120 feet down a mountainside, trapping her inside.
Guards with black arm bands stood vigil and flags flew at half staff today atop the royal palace rn honor of the princess, who reached stardom in ll films that included “High Noon,” “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” and “Country Girl,” for which she won an Academy Award in 1955.
The guards allowed only Monaco residents to enter the castle to sign a condolence book, but several hundred tourists gathered outside to snap pictures of the “Rock of Monaco.”
Only the estimated 80,000 residents of the principality were to be allowed to view the coffin later today, the palace said.
The glittering Monte Carlo casinos closed their doors for two days, flags were lowered to half-staff on the banks lining the Boulevard des Moulins and a championship soccer game was moved from the city as Monaco mourned its story-book princess.
No funeral date has been set, but Radio Monte Carlo reported it could be as late as Monday.
Prince Rainier III was at his wife’s bedside when she died, along with two of her children — Princess Caroline, 26, and Crown Prince Albert, 24, said
Nadia LaCoste, who had been spokeswoman for Princess Grace.
Princess Stephanie, 17, received minor injuries in the car crash Monday and was under observation at the hospital named after her mother, palace officials said.
“The princess regained consciousness at some point before her death because she requested that if people were going to send flowers, they be small, simple flowers," Mrs. I measle said “She also suggested that people might make donations to her favorite charities in lieu of flowers.
Mrs. I.acoste said she could not say if the princess was aware of her critical condition when she made the requests.
The princess died at 10:80 p.m. Tuesday (4:80 p.m. EDT). The palace said all possibilities of treatment had been exhausted by “late in the day.”
The tiny principality on a rocky slice of the French Riviera immediately went into mourning w hen Grace’s death was announced just before midnight.
In the casino that made Monaco famous in Edwardian tunes, roulette wheels were brought to a stop and the blackjack cards packed away. The floodlights were turned off and the doors quietly closed. Across Casino Square, the gaudy Gafe de Paris closed, as did all the restaurants, cafes, bars and nightspots. The usually lively streets were deserted.
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See PRINCESS, Page 14 AA matter of greenCounty growth committee eyes funding alternatives
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Money may not be the answer to all the county’s growing problems, but right now ifs a very important factor in finding solutions.
[bleating funds to combat the problems resulting from county-wide growth, tourism and the Guadalupe River State Park that will open next year, is one of the first priorities set by the Comal County Growth and Development Committee.
The 15-member committee, which was formed by Commissioners Court to study the effects of county growth, reached this conclusion Tuesday night upon questioning from its chairman, Spring Branch resident Charles Knibbe.
This is the second meeting the main steering committee has held.
“I hear us saying these are the problems and this is what we need to do...I also hear ifs going to take money,” Knibbe commented.
“...is it the committee’s general opinion that if we could get some money we could find ways — either through Commissioners Court or through legislation — whatever, to help solve these problems?” he questioned those ll members present.
Among those agreeing with Knibbe was Ken Karger, chairman of the subcommittee studying the Lower Guadalupe River area of the county.
“It’s refreshing to me to see and hear no conusee COUNTY, Page MA
Panel chairman Charles Knibbe listens to funding discussion
Police searching for con man
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
If you saw a bearded man talking to a woman in front of the Post Office Friday afternoon, New Braunfels Police would like to talk with you.
Because that man reportedly pulled a con job known as the “bank audit swindle” on the woman, to the tune of $4,800.
The conversation in question took place at the corner of Casten Avenue and Mill Street in front of the Post Office between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Friday. It ended with the local
woman handing the suspect $4,800 which he said he needed to conduct a fictitious gambling investigation on a teller at Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels, Det. IX. Felix Roque said.
The scam began shortly after 4 p.m. Friday, and involved two telephone callers and the suspect, who was called “Charles” by one of the callers.
The first caller identified himself as “bank examiner George Hoskins”, Roque said, and asked the woman if she does business with the bank. He also asked for the amount of her last deposit, discovered it was around $5,000, and then said he’d call
The next caller said he was “Captain Gene Phillips with the Department of Public Safety.” The bogus captain said he was cooperating with Hoskins in his investigation of a bank teller.
Hoskins then called back, was informed that Phillips had supported his story, and then asked the woman to write a check for $4,800 and cash it at the drive-in window. He also took a description of her car, and told her after she had done that, to meet “Charles” (who he described as a “government man”) at the Post Office.
She did as she was told, and at the Post Office she met a man described as a white male, age 80, 5-7, 170 pounds, with dark hair and eyes and a short beard. Carrying a briefcase, he flashed a badge and asked for the money. He told her that her account would be credited for the $4,800, and that he was going back to the bank.
He w alked around the corner of the Post Office up Mill Street and hasn’t been seen since, Roque said.
Roque said a similar incident occurred in Seguin March 6, 1981.
The description in the local swindle
See SCAM, Page MA
Committee member Ken Karger (left) listens as Orville Heitkamp airs his ideas
Staff photos by Jackie South