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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas LP gas companies deny price fixing AUSTIN (AP) — A group of Houston LP gas companies denies allegations made in an antitrust and racketeering lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office. The multimillion-dollar civil suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Houston on Monday, accuses the defendants of price-fixing and other federal and state antitrust violations, including trying to monopolize the East Texas propane business. It asks for monetary damages under the civil portion of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Attorney General Jim Mattox said at least 7,000 LP gas customers in 14 East Texas counties may have lost up to $1.5 million. The Bryan area was particularly hard-hit, Mattox said. “What this lawsuit alleges is that these consumers have been ripped off because of price-fixing and other illegal activites, including racketeering and repeated acts of mail fraud and the recalibrating of (gas) meters so that consumers were charged for more gas than they actually used,” Mattox said. Mattox said the LP gas was used primarily in rural areas for household functions such as heating and cooking, and commercially on farms and ranches. The lawsuit alleges that consumers were charged more for gas than they received because meters on delivery trucks were tampered with to read higher than the actual amount of LP gas pumped. “After the state inspectors had been there, they were then going out and in effect recalibrating the trucks so that for every 95 gallons that was pumped out of the truck, the consumer would be getting billed for IOO gallons,” Mattox told a news conference. “Then they were engaged in repeated acts of mail fraud by mailing out fradulent bills to the consumers. Besides that, they were actually engaged in price-fixing, attempting to monopolize the market in the East Texas area,” the attorney general charged. Named as defendants were the Enterprise Companies Inc., a holding company with two major Texas subsidiaries, Wanda Petroleum Co. and Enterprise Products Co., both of Houston, and a Louisiana subsidiary, Holicer Gas Co. Also named was Gas Tee Co. of Bryan, an LP gas retail outlet. The individual defendants were Joe D. Havens, vice chairman of Enterprise Companies, Wanda Petroleum and president of Holicer; Dan Duncan, president of Enterprise Companies and Enterprise Products Co.; Terry L. Phillips, general manager of Holicer; and Clarence Link, manager of Gas Tee. “We believe we are innocent of any wrongdoing,” said Enterprise spokesman John Tomerlin, speaking for all the defendants. He said competitors may have been behind the allegations. “Some of our competitors initiated complaints against us as a result of our activities by claiming that we are selling product below cost. Our records will substantiate that these claims are incorrect,” Tomerlin said. Tomerlin said the companies have operated in “a professional and businesslike manner” and actually lowered the price of gas Crossword ACROSS I Contended 5 Go downhill IO Mtneo et al 14 Can prov 15 Relative 16 Weave 17 Feline 19 Cutting tool 20 Stands 21 Lyric 22 Autocrat 23 Measuring unit Brit 25 Agt 26 Incarcerate 30 Performed 31 Assisting 34 Molding edge 36 Radio parts 38 High 39 Grinding device 42 Exercise 43 Silly talk 44 Chateau room 45 Stoned 47 Sailorman 49 Sly look 50 Misdo 51 Jetties 53 USSR river 55 Heart 56 Hug 61 To the mouth 62 Tame 64 Calling 65 City on the Rhone 66 In addition 6t Pismires 68 Aqe group 69 Pun makers DOWN 1 Vessel 2 Hip bones 3 Japanese outcasts 4 UK title 5 Was profane 6 United 7 Per the book 8 Plow sole 9 Mal de to on thin ice 11 Lick -cleaning methoo 12 Singer Minnelli 13 Doer suff 18 Wahoo 24 w.iv** 25 Heightens 26 Very good 27    by any PREVIOUS PUZZLE SOLVED other name 28 Unapt 29 Ignited 31 Tyrol peak 32 — prosequi court entry 33 European 35 Weapon 37 "H S 1” agreed 40 Clear 4 1 Debilitate 46 Exchanges s;AjGto;s 48 School play period 51 Constance or Roger 52 Naval craft 53 Lopez' theme 54 Eire 55 Rap session 57 Did artwork 58 Bagel source 59 Stand up 60 Pieces out 63 Japanese coin Dr. Michael R. Osborne Announces the Associateship of Dr. E. M. Perkins For the Practice of Chiropractic 1000 N. Walnut, Suite D. (Next door to New Braunfels National Bank) 629-3101 by appointment Hours M-F 8:30-5:00 Sat. 8;30-l:00 Brenham edgy after crimes BRENHAM (AP) — Residents of this small town still worry over the killings of a mother and son and other violent crimes which have wracked the community in recent weeks. There was no special reason for the Bible passage Dr. Thomas Currie selected for his congregation to read on that hot and muggy Sunday. As did other worshipers at the Brenham Presbyterian Church, Kathy Cop-pedge and her son Casey repeated: “OGod, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seek my life.” Those words from Psalms 86 have come to haunt the population of Brenham and Washington County. Less than an hour after reading the verse Aug. ll, the Coppedges were abducted from the church parking lot. Their bodies were discovered in the trunk of their car about IO miles from church. Kathy Coppedge. 35, a schoolteacher, had been strangled Casey, ll, suffocated in the trunk, where temperatures reached 150 degrees The assailants remain at ‘I want justice to be done for the people who did this, because they need to be brought to justice. And I want justice for the people of Brenham, because they need to close this chapter.’ Dr. Thomas Currie large, despite an investigation by Texas Rangers and city and county lawmen, and a $17,000 reward offer. “I don’t know that Brenham will ever get back to normal," Currie told the Austin American Statesman. “I want justice to be done for the people who did this, because they need to be brought to justice. Arid I want justice for the people of Brenham. Uh attse they need to close this chapter,” Oirrie said The initial alarm that hit Brenham after the killings and three other unrelated crimes — has diminished But residents still talk about things that no one can remember discussing before — buying guard dogs, locks and floodlights for homes and signing up for firearms instruction. City officials have authorized hiring six more police officers and additional patrols There is talk of implementing a 911 emergency telephone system. In several residential neighborhoods, crime watch organizations formed. Neighbors pay closer attention to nearby homes and take notice of strangers. Women have bought whistles, Mace and tear gas. ‘ People are afraid, and they’re trying to defend themselves,” said Mike Budded, owner of Custom Gun Shop in Brenham Although it was the most serious crime — and to date the only unsolved homicide case recorded in Washington County — the Coppedge slayings aren’t the only major crimes that have shaken Brenham. Shortly before the Coppedges were killed, two women were sexually assaulted by men who haven’t been arrested .Seventeen days after the Coppedges were killed, two burglars broke into the home of businessman Eddie Van Dyke and shot him. I^iw officers arrested a man four days later, charging him with burglary with intent to commit murder. But the second burglar remains at large Van Dyke is recovering Reformer Ruiz back on trial AUSTIN (AP) Prison reformer David Ruiz, already serving a 25-year term, is back in the courtroom — this time facing a possible life sentence. Before a Monday pretrial hearing, Ruiz’s lawyer asked the judge to provide bullet-proof vests for himself and Ruiz. Deputies assigned to the courtroom wore the special vests. The protection also was available for prosecutors and the judge Spectators walked through a metal detector to get into the courtroom. The increased security was ordered because of “a certain amount of activity” surrounding the trial, according to Curtis Weeks, spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff's Department. “The police involved said there had been threats,” said Weeks. “It’s not nice to lose people in a trial.” Defense lawyer Bob I/ioney said in his motion, “Whatever peril the prosecutors may feel themselves to be in, this peril is shared by the defendant and his attorney.” John Ruiz, David’s nephew, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery Monday and was sentenced to five years in prison The Ruizes were indicted in the same incident. John Ruiz testified Monday that David Ruiz and another also were involved in the robbery. David Ruiz, 43, was the Texas Department of Corrections inmate who filed the landmark lawsuit that led to major changes in the state prison system. After his release from prison, Ruiz was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated perjury. He was convicted of lying at a parole revocation hearing. Ruiz is serving that term in federal prison at Bastrop The latest charges stem from a Sept. 15, 1984, incident at an Austin apartment while Ruiz was free As he has said when Ruiz was in trouble on previous occasions. I-ooney connects the charges to Ruiz's lawsuit against TIX’ Ix>oney complained that an out-of-town judge has been assigned to the case. David Ruiz has the right to have his case heard by one of the 12 judges elected by and who answer to voters here in Travis County. David’s no different than anyone else He just happens to be the one who fought the hell out of them down there I in the state prisons > He brought them some Christianity.” I*ooney said in an interview But later Monday, after all 12 local district judges testified. State District Judge Don Humble of Cameron ruled that visiting Judge C.C. “Kit” Cooke of Cleburne could hear the case State District Judge Mace Thurman, who was originally assigned the case, said, “I don’t think I was qualified on the case because of bias and prejudice ” The trial begins Oct. 7Backyard well aids Aggies' cash flow COLLEGE STATION ( AFD - The Sigma Chi fraternity at Texas A&M University may not have to worry about collecting dues this semester since the oil well discovered in their back yard is producing 300 barrels of crude daily. Tlie Aggie Sigma Chi No. I. located 500 yards behind the frat house, has produced more than $50,000 for the group’s coffers since it was drilled in August 1984. The money doesn’t all go towards throwing keg parties. Instead it goes to a corporation formed by Sigma Chi graduates. This group, called the house corporation, owns the 11-acre compound and the house and rents it to the chapter. There are 95 Sigma Chi members, but the house, located three miles south of the A&M campus, is large enough to only house nine members. Much of the money earned from the well also will be set aside to buy a new fraternity house that will house 42 members The discovery of the oil well came as a surprise to the fraternity, which has occupied the house since 1977. The sta»t of drilling coincided with rush, the annual fraternity rite of autumn in which incoming freshmen are wined and dined bv various groups In the competitive world of recruiting, the huge drilling rig located behind the frat house gave the Sigma Chis an advantage. the> say. At first, the fraternity owned five acres around the house, then they bought six more in 198.3. said George Duytschaever, head of the house corporation and a 1981 AAM graduate They wanted a land to act as a buffer zone should the rapidly growing conununity ^read 'Hit to their area ‘ We didn t want someone building a house nearby and then complaining when we crank up the stereo full blast,’ Duytschaever said. The corporation and the owner haggled over price and in the end. the fraternity eventually paid a higher price in order to get the rights There wasn’t much oil activity in the area at the time, Duytschaever said A well drilled a mile south of the fraternity house the year before turned out to be dry Two weeks after we got the land, the oil company came by and said they wanted to drill,” said Peter Brownell, the fraternity’s vice president US Government OuBttr'rro Bonds 10.50% Guara A inter**! Insured Certificates Of OepriM! 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