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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Microfilm Box Blocked crossings Train police chief differ on enforcement By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer The Missouri Pacific agent here and the chief of police have slightly different interpretations of the citys traincrossing MoPac Agent Cecil Konkel said the which prohibits trains from standing still in a street intersection longer than five was like the blue rarely Not said Police Chief Burney It may be difficult to but the law is on the He said blocked traffic at railroad crossings was a recurring We dont like to try and block it at Konkel Its difficult at times and we regret But that law was written back in the days of steam when the length of trains seldom ex ceeded 25 or 30 It was relatively easy in those but now youve got trains running lengths in excess of a It makes it prohibitive to cut across a street in five he Its not an out of date and it is enforced if we can get the caboose Boeck Two the Missouri Pacific and the MissouriKansasTexas run through New Braunfels from the southwest to the crossing each other near the center of the city between Comal Creek and Bridge The tracks cross major traffic like North Walnut Avenue and West San Antonio as well as scores of smaller We havent had too many Konkel I know Walnut was blocked for about 22 minutes yesterday Monday during the morning rush It was something like to a bad The man had to pick up an engine here at the depot that was unable to and leave a switch engine to serve the industries Konkel So heres all these people in a hurry to get to and the road was It was just a bad We dont do it on we dont do it to agitate but youd be surprised how many think we he Boeck said the law does not simply prohibit the train from blocking traffic for five It just says the train cannot stand still for that length of The way the ordinance is the cars could be standing for four and a half and if the train moves just for five its not breaking the law even if the road is still If he moves at all during those five hes within the Konkel said crossings are naturally time consuming because of the number of streets a train may intersect at any one Each one takes a separate physical usually by one A man has to be there to make that crossing by It takes a physical maneuver and it has to be done right there on the When a long train comes into and hits the first he has to drop a man off to cut that then pull up far enough to the next make another manual pull up Traffics been blocked all this and that one man has to walk all the When the train is the move has to be and that guy walks the length of the train back to the Konkel Chances a street will be blocked five to 10 minutes in most Theres a human element or a mechanical and it might even go 45 to 50 It takes a multitude of moves to get the train through the Co achutists jump 20 STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Army parachutists will jump out of a helicopter and fall feet into Canyon 20 in a training exercise named Catfish An initial report that the exercise would take place tomorrow was in the HeraldZeitung was told by spokesman at the Corps of Engineers office at Canyon Thirtysix jumpers from Port Sam Houston and Fort Hood will parachute from a UH1D helicopter in groups of six between 1 and 3 Saturday between Canyon Lake Park and the Fort Sam Houston Retreat ac cording to Fifth Army The training operation is designed to instruct active Army personnel in safety requirements for intentional water parachute the Army Knowledge gained will be passed on to reserve component per All Pathfinder and Friday Taylor Communications 25 cents September f HeraldZeitunQ Special Forces units must be able to conduct airborne water infiltrations of enemy The jumpers will come from the Army Readiness Group Infantry Team at Fort Sam Houston and the Rigger Platoon and Pathfinder Section at Fort Each will use a MCMB steerable parachute and B7 flotation Six radioequipped recovery each manned by a driver and will be used to recover the parachutists from the the Army an nouncement Units from the Corps of Engineers and Army Readiness Group Medical Team will support the which the Army invited the public to In case of lightning or winds above 13 the training operation will be called the announcement In case of rain jumps will be 58 22 Pages 2 Sections USPS 377880 New Texas Area man jailed for having gun A man identified by the mar shals office in San Antonio as a Canyon Lake resident is being held in Bexar County Jail in lieu of bond after being arrested yesterday in of a firearm on federal Inside The sun prepares to fall behind the smoothly rolling hills near Sattler Imports lead fuel economy Staff photo by John Senter REAL Alexander Julian was arrested at the doors of a federal courtroom in San Antonio yesterday afternoon after a courtroom guard discovered a gun in his The a Colt wasj ully loaded and Marshal Rudy Garza Garza said Schroeder was earring the gun for his personal He claimed that some people had threatened his Garza ad ding that he said he had some business but wanted to talk to the Garza said Schroeder was ap prehended before he was able to enter the He never did enter the Garza He was apprehended by the security Possession of a firearm on federal property is a with a maximum sentence of 30 days in WASHINGTON AP American despite offering their most fuelefficient cars ever this have yet to break the stranglehold held by the imports on fuel For the third straight the 10 cars getting the best mileage in the 1981 model year are all according to statistics released today by the Environmental Protection And for the fourth straight Volkswagens dieselengined Rabbit is ranked with a 42milepergallon estimate in city driving for its 1981 fourspeed While the Rabbit is assembled in it is listed by the EPA as an import because more than 20 percent of its parts are A new Toyota the took second place with 39 followed by the fivespeed version of the diesel VW Rabbit at 38 But who have suffered through a disastrous year as fuelefficient imports captured about onefourth of total are fighting introducing new small cars and putting minicomputers on old models to get better fuel The best mileage a domestic car got in the EPA ratings in 1980 was 26 mpg by the Chevy But nine 1981 models beat that The Chevrolet Chevette and a new Ford the tied for the top domestic spot with 30 The Escort also will be sold as the Mercury Various versions mf Chryslers Dodge Omni and Plymouth Horizon scored 28 and 27 being propped up by governmentguaranteed is pinning hopes for a resurgence on its new frontwheeldrive K cars the Dodge Aries and Plymouth They scored better than any of their competitors in the midsize coming in at 25 The best mileage for GMs frontwheeldrive Citation was 22 Chrysler was also the only automaker to have models among the top 10 mileage although both the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Champ are built by Japans Mit subishi They tied for fourth at 37 Those cars were followed by the five speed Datsun 210 and Toyota Corolla each at 36 Rounding out the top 10 were the Honda Civic and the fourspeed and fivespeed versions of the Mazda all at 35 The EPA cautioned that its figures should be used for comparison pur poses only because they are arrived at through mechanical tests that cannot possibly reflect individual driving habits or road and weather con Using an average selling price of a gallon for the EPA estimated a motorist driving miles a year could expect to pay for fuel in the toprated VW Princess Leia gives more growl By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer Unemployment figures dont bother Princess Shes got a job with the Police The twoandonehalf year old German Shepherd has been working for the New Braunfels Police Department since June on an experimental Patrolman Spencer the dogs Ive been trying to get a dog program started since he who handles Princess said he has gotten a positive response from the Police Department concerning the use of the dog on A few of the officers were in a few were a little leery and afraid that the first bite would be a police Gremmer After they saw the amount of control the dog has been I havent had anyone say that theyre against the dog or the The New Braunfels Police Department is Princess Leias first She usually accompanies Gremmer on his nightly Gremmer explained that although she is trained to the dog has not had a bite in the city since she began but has prevented several bad She aided Gremmer a few weeks ago by helping him and another patrolman ap prehend two males on the roof of Lone Star Elementary Gremmer began training dogs approximately three years ago with the help of Robert a patrolman with the Texas Highway Patrol stationed at who got me started in Gremmer Ive loved dogs for a long Hes Butler the one who gave me knowledge to train he Weve been together ever Gremmer said the dog programs main intention is to aid in See Page 16A Princess Leia Staff photo
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