New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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CO'H ,> ,Church youth leader charged with indecency
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
A Canyon Lake man who has worked with the Catholic Youth Organization for 20 years, was arrested Thursday on a charge of indecency with a child.
Duncan Cameron Whitney, 46, of Box 459-A, turned himself in to the Comal County
Sheriff’s Office Thursday. He was later freed on $5,000 bond, set by Peace Justice Fred Stewart.
The warrant charges Whitney was indecent to a San Antonio boy under the age of 13 in Comal County on an Aug. 4 outing.
“We really have two complainants, but only one charge has been filed so far,” Ll. Gilbert Villarreal said. “There is the
possibility that more charges will be filed, but that will be up to the District Attorney and the Grand Jury.”
Villarreal said he was not sure the outing was coordinated through the youth organization. “I do know these two boys were looking for a father figure to take them camping and things like that. And I do know this was a sexual abuse type thing, even though there was no intercourse ”
Whitney’s attorney Mike White, who accompanied him at his surrender, said the charge had nothing to do with Whitney’s church post.
Comal County Sheriff’s Dispatcher l>ouise Spears said the incident surfaced after the boy told his mother of the incident The boy’s mother complained to the Texas Department of Human Resources in San Antonio Mrs Spears said the state agency
turned the matter over to Villarreal
Youth organization sports director Miguel Hernandez said Thursday that Whitney had been with the Archdiocese of San Antonio in various capacities for 20 years “He started out as a sports director like me, and has been executive director of the Office of Youth Ministry for about 17 years,” Hernandez said.Braunfels Herald-Zeitung
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Knox— McNeal threat brought on dismissal
By WANDA LASATER Staff writ ar
Before being dismissed from McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday, Administrator Tom McNeal was given the opportunity to keep his job on probation, hospital board chairman Elliot Knox said But McNeal hired an attorney, threatened to sue the hospital, and demanded a female employee he had placed on probation be fired. Knox said The move brought on McNeal’s ouster instead, he indicated Knox explained this morning that the executive committee of the board became involved after McNeal had suspended an employee without pay last Thursday.
After the committee investigated
the matter. Knox continued, it was decided that there were no grounds for the suspension and that the employee should return to work with full pay.
It was during this meeting Tuesday night al the office of board member and hospital attorney J C. Reagan, that the executive committee decided to keep McNeal but place him on probation
However, McNeal threatened to sue the hospital Wednesday and demanded the female employee be fired
"Because we had no reason to terminate the other employee since she has been doing a good job al the hospital and because McNeal refused
See MCKENNA, Page UA
'Golden Unicorn' program to start second year
The Golden Unicom program will begin its second season tonight with the New Braunfels-Bastrop football game at Unicom Stadium The New Braunfels High School Student Council is again sponsoring the program, which involves bringing elderly residents of local nursing homes to the game. Ioist year, the Golden Unicom project was chosen as one of the top IO student council projects in the state
In addition, any senior citizen with a Golden Unicom pass receives a discount to New Braunfels Independent Sc hool District events The passes are available of the NBISD tax office. 407 W Mill The student council is coordinating the project, but other New Braunfels High clubs and student body members will also be involved in transporting nursing home residents to tonight's game, which kicks off at 8
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox says charges of commercial bribery against him show a “difficult twist of logic,” and vows to remain in office even if he is convicted.
He said prosecutors “looked for 24
months and couldn’t find anything and they dreamed up the most trumped-up thing they could find to put out there.”
Mattox was indicted on a charge (rf commercial bribery in an indictment that alleged he threatened to block the public bond business af a Houston law firm that was trying at the time to interrogate his sister.
“I think the ones of you who have read the indictment realize how profoundly twisted the whole matter had to be for them to put that forth. You can’t have a bribe that comes out of a threat," Mattox auld Thursday at a news conference.
He said the commercial bribery law was intended to he used “in a kickback situation.’'
“I noticed that you all had a very difficult time in trying to write and address the fact that somewhere another a threat became a bribe, it's a difficult twist of logic,” he said.
At one point, the tough-talking attorney general suggested the matter could have been dupnerri with more directly in the old days.
“I can rrmtmlwr hack to Texas history when a fellow used to be able to either whip the socks off another fellow that insulted or offended his family or his wife, and aa a matter of fact even go to the point of killing hun attunes, "Mattox said.
“I don’t know what Texas has come
See MATTOX, Page 14A
A quick rinse
Washing the car has its plusses, but washing yourself on a hot September afternoon in Texas is lots more fun. At least, that s what three year old Stephanie Foster would probably tell you. After giving the car a quick dousing at her house at 903 Magazine, she turned the garden hose on herself.Congress, Reagan send message to Soviets
WASHINGTON (AP)— Armed with unanimous backing af the Congress, President Reagan la telling the Soviet Union that its shooting down of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is condemned by Americana of all political views.
“The Kremlin is on notice,” Reagan said ut a statement Thursday as the Senate voted, 9541, to approve a harshly worded joint resolution passed a day earlier by the House, 4164).
“When it comes to responding to its aggression, there are no Republicans or Democrats — only Americans, united and determined to prelect our freedom and secure the peace,” the president said.
Senate Majority Loader Howard H
Baker Jr., R-Tenn.t a veteran of many legislative battles, puked up Reagan's theme, saying, * This is a major bipartisan achievement,” Similarly, Sen. Daniel P Moymhan, D-N.Y,, said: "The world will have heard this nation speaking with one voice.” And Sen Charles Percy, R-Ill, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said, “We stand together with the president of the United States in this action ”
The Korean jumbo jet carrying 269 people was downed by a imssile-firing Soviet fighter plane after it strayed into Soviet airspace north of Japan while en route from Anchorage, Alaska, to Seoul.
Before gaining final passage of the resolution, which goes to Reagan for
“When it comes to responding to its aggression, there are no Republicans or Democrats — only Americans, united and determined to protect our freedom and secure the peace.” — President Reagan.
his signature, Baker had to deflect attempts by a group of conservatives led by Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., who
offered eight amendments that would toughen the measure with specific sanctions.
In doing so, Baker was reflecting White House wishes that Congress show a united front in support of the limited steps that the president has taken thus far.
But Helms argued, “Unless we put some teeth in it t the resolution i, it will be shrugged off in the Kremlin The fact is we must take real action.”
The State Iiepartment, meanwhile. said an air travel ban that took effect Thursday to protest the planes destruction had cut about half the air traffic between the the Soviet Union and non-Communist countries
We are gratified at this,” we think it is fairly successful.” said a senior
State Department official who briefed reporters on condition he not be identified by name
Baker won motions to table — and thus kill — amendments urging Reagan to, among other steps, begin a broad review of U.S.-Soviet relations, ban Soviet imports produced with forced labor from U S markets and recall the US. ambassador in Moscow
Most of the measures were killed by wide margins However, a proposal to reduce the number of Soviet diplomatic personnel in this country to nearer the number of U.S. representatives in Moscow lost only 49-45, and a call for Reagan lo give Congress a report on possible Soviet violations of existing arms<*ontrol
agreements failed 5<M6,
Opponents of administration plans to produce more chemical weapons meanwhile, blamed their lack of success Thursday on congressional furor over the Soviets' downing of Korean Air lanes Flight 007
Absent the emotion of the moment we would have made a better showing and may have won,” Ktp Ed Bethune. K Ark , said after the House approved a $187 5 billion defense authorization bill on a 266-152 vote.
Bethune predicted nerve-gas op portents will be successful in killing Um* program when the House considers an appropriations bill in a few weeks The- bill authorizes $114.6
See PLANE, Page UA
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Mother gets life in 'death tape' case
BROWNSVIUJ: (AP) - A 21-year-old mother of two sentenced to life in prison for her role in the slaying of her former husband could be eligible for parole in $4 years, according to a state official.
Sherry Wolf, whose silence on a tope-recorded slaying helped convict her of murder, was sentenced Thursday by State District Judge Darrell Hester.
Jim Bates, her lawyer, said the case would be appealed.
Mrs. Wolf was convicted of murder July 29 for her role in the bludgeoning death of her former husband, Billy Staton, who had captured the sounds of his own death on a hidden tape recording
Mrs. Wolf, who cried when she heard the sentence, became the third person to receive a life sentence in connection with the double slaying.
Staton was bludgeoned to death with a metal bar and his fiancee, schoolteacher Leticia Castro, was beaten with a baumier and shot at the Wolf’s Im Feria home July 16,1962 State prosecutors alleged the killings were planned to end a bitter court battle over Staton’s rights to visit his daughter by Mrs. Wolf.
Staton concealed a small tape recorder under his shirt the last time he went to the Wolf home to pick up his daughter, >4 ywr-erf Mefaaie He
See DEATH TAPE, Page 14A
Robert F. Kenned) Jr., who got sick while on his way to get treatment for a drug problem, was charged today with possession of heroin, a felony that could land him in jail for two years, a prosecutor said See Page 14A
The Cincinnati Bengals’ offense was about as offensive as “(.eave it to Beaver' Thursday night, which was one of the big reasons the Cleveland Browns beat Cincinati 17-7 in the National Football league game Sports. Page SA.
With the resignation of Texas Department of Corrections director W.J. Estelle, TDC officials say this is as goad ai up prison business See
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies through tonight Saturday will bring some early morning cloudiness, otherwise mostly partly cloudy during the day. Winds will be southerly near IO mph today, 5-10 mph tonight, then southeasterly near IO mph Saturday Sunset will be at 7 35 p m , and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:16 am
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