Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on December 31, 1993 · 21
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Friday, December 31, 1993
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'Clean-cut' man sought in 2 attacks of women near 1-35 By Rebecca Thatcher American-Statesman Staff The well-dressed man was friendly and talkative. He appeared to work in the office buildings where he lurked. But his appearance was a ruse. On Oct. 22 and again on Monday, the clean-cut man tried to rape women as they arrived for work at their South Interstate 35 offices, police reports said. "He basically just strikes up a casual conversation," said Sgt. Karen Alexander, who is investigating the two attempted rapes. "He looks very clean-cut and looks like he belongs there." In the October attack, Alexander said, the man, who was sporting a fedora and a moustache, lured the woman to his car in the parking lot of Farmers Insurance in the 1300 block of Mariposa Drive off South 1-35, Alexander said. He told her he was having car trouble and then produced a weapon and tried to sexually assault the 21-year-old woman in his car, she said. ' ; She wrestled with him and managed to escape, Alexander said. On Monday, police believe the same man struck again. He tried to force a woman into his car in the parking lot of the Internal Revenue Service in the 1800 block of Directors Boulevard off South 1-35, Alexander said. The 39-year-old woman screamed and escaped, she said. The man was bareheaded, had no moustache and did not brandish a weapon, the woman told police. But the rest of the description . matched. Both of the victims described their attacker as 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-5, Alexander said. They said he is a Hispanic man with medium skin tone who appears to be between 30 and 40 years old and weighs 160 to 180 pounds, she said. His hair is dark brown or black. Police also are trying to track down a serial rapist they believe has sexually assaulted four women after entering their apartments in different parts of the city. This section is recyclable Friday, December 31, 1993 Austin American-Statesman D3 Police seek Caldwell County man in slaying of 38-year-old woman Two women say this man tried to rape them after striking up conversations with them at their offices. Sgt. Gaylon Dunkin said the attacker has broken into women's apartments through unlocked or poorly locked doors or windows. Dunkin urged city residents, especially apartment dwellers, to check and perhaps improve the locks on their doors and windows. The serial rapist is a white or a fair-skinned Hispanic man. He is 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 and weighs 140 to 165 pounds. He is in his late 20s or early 30s. The attacks occurred Nov. 10 in the 3500 block of Greystone Drive, Nov. 14 in the 5000 block of Manor Road, Dec. 7 in the 2600 block of Enfield Road and Dec. 27 in the 2900 block of Barton Skyway, police reports state. City, Alamo caretakers battle over dig Associated Press SAN ANTONIO - Plans to dig up a street in front of the Alamo in search of artifacts have sparked a battle between the group that looks after the monument and a City Council member. Objections were raised Wednesday by Anna Hartman of the Daughters of the Republic of Tex as, which takes care of the Alamo. The San Antonio City Council agreed in 1975 that the street would never be closed, according to Hartman. She also raised concerns that vibrations from the dig, by a nonprofit archeological group, might damage the Texas shrine. But City Council Member Bill Thornton said if the group is really concerned about history, members would stop tour buses and vendors from cluttering the street. The group is "more concerned with cash registers in their bookstore" than with history, said Thornton. The archeological group wants to dig at a well on a road in front of the Alamo, seeking historic cannons and other items. Local briefs Gifted, talented programs will be focus of forum American-Statesman Staff Are gifted and talented students getting the best education they can in today's public schools? Gary McKenzie, a member of the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees and a professor of education at the University of Texas, is the featured speaker on the topic at a noon forum today sponsored by the Central Texas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The forum, at Wyatt's Cafeteria in Hancock Center at 41st and Red River streets, will discuss the controversy of whether schools have "watered down" gifted and talented programs in order to reach students who are average or who are challenged. For more information, call 459-5829. Giddings man charged in slaying An 18-year-old Giddings man has been charged with murder in connection with the slaying on Tuesday of Rodney K. Green, 26, of Giddings, po lice said. Police Chief Dennis Oltman said Rodney D. Wolridge turned himself in at the Lee County sheriffs department on Wednesday afternoon and is being held under $75,000 bond. Oltman said police had not questioned Wolridge about the shooting of Green in Giddings at 11:39 p.m. Tuesday. The murder warrant was issued Wednesday by a Lee County justice of the peace. Shock kills Luling man, injures 2 A Luling man was killed Thursday and his two daughters were injured when the antenna they were trying to install inadvertently struck a high-power electric line and shocked them, a paramedic with the Luling Emergency Medical Services said. Billy Ray Roberts, 44, was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Davis Memorial Hospital in Luling, said Tina Gillis, a paramedic with Luling EMS. His 14-year-old daughter is in critical condition and his 11 -year-old daughter is in fair condition at Brackenridge Hospital, a hospital spokesman said. The accident happened about 1:45 p.m. at Roberts' mobile home at the Bob-Allen Mobile Home Park. Roberts and his two daughters were trying to reinstall a combination CB and television antenna. TWICE TD-flE MM: if vi ;l .V ' I 1 t ! 4' X VT r "TOMKE TOE RflEROODSDE " 2 prints for the price of 1 "j I For the best picture value of the season, bring this coupon to any I I Back-ln-A-Flash location. We'll give you two great prints for the price of one. I I Offer valid only with this coupon. I I Good f trough January 31, 1994. I AGFA a 0 NOTHING ESCAPES AGFA FILM ONE HOURZpHOTO THE BEST NAME IN PHOTOFINISHING 11 1 By Daniel J. Vargas American'Statesman Staff An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for a Caldwell County man in connection with the slaying of 38-year-old Latricia White, who was found shot to death in her bed on Monday, the sheriff said. Lee Herman Wackerhagen Jr., 40, is charged with murder. Austin police found his 1986 Ford pickup abandoned in East Austin about 1 a.m. Thursday, Caldwell County authorities said. Caldwell County Sheriff Mike Bading said Wackerhagen had known White for a long time and had been in a relationship with her the past two years. "They knew each other for years," he said. "They grew up and went to school together." Mark Hanna, chief deputy for the Caldwell County sheriffs department, said that blood was found on the truck and that the couple had a history of arguing. He said authorities knew Wackerhagen was at White's residence Sunday but did not say how they knew. White's body was found by her father Monday evening. She was shot six times in the head, apparently while she was sleeping. Bading said he thinks Wackerhagen has his 9-year-old son, Chance, with him. He said the suspect is considered dangerous a!T though he has no prior record. Bading said Wackerhagen, who is divorced, does not have custody of the child but was keeping him ' during the Christmas holidays. Bading said he did not know-where Wackerhagen could be. l "He was a truck driver," he said. "He could be anywhere. He knows a lot of people." Wackerhagen is about 6 feet tall . and weighs 230 pounds. He has light-brown or blond hair and blue eyes. . -, Anyone with information can call the Caldwell County sheriffs office at (512) 398-4343. Hurdle cleared for proposed Salado quarry Company earns air-quality permit exemption for rock crusher American-Statesman Staff The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on Thursday issued an exemption from air permit requirements for a rock crusher proposed for a site near Salado in Bell County. The "standard exemption," which was expected, means that Shallow Ford Construction Co. Inc., based in Temple, does not have to obtain a full-fledged air-quality permit to operate a rock crusher for a limestone quarry. The exemption requires the company to suppress dust and to operate the crusher at least half a mile from homes. Bob Spiegel, president of Shallow Ford, said the exemption clears the first hurdle in the company's effort to open the quarry. Many residents of the Salado area oppose the plan on the grounds that quarrying would endanger water supplies and disrupt the area's rural character with noise, dust and traffic. Shallow Ford still must obtain a water permit from the conserva-, tion commission. Unlike the air , exemption, the water permit would require a detailed review by the state and a public hearing. Spiegel said his company would not apply for the water permit until other is-. sues are resolved. , , He said he is awaiting a statement from the Army Corps of Engineers on whether blasting and quarrying would affect a nearby, flood-control dam on the Lampa- sas River. If-' ' . A'; GRAND OPENING LEATHER RECLINERS by BRADINGTON-YOUNG SPECIAL PURCHASE $895. Your Choice. . . 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