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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Mitch womble Bank loses Utilities suit appeal By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn had a smile on his face During the morning he had learned the Third Court of Civil Appeals in Austin had upheld a 207th District Court judgment against Canyon Lake in connection with in stolen funds by former Utilities Manager Richard Sledge now serving a five year sentence in the Texas Department of We were quite Sohn Ive maintained all along we were going to get that money because it belonged to They the bank has the right to but its still good news for he Bank president Ken Rice could not be reached for comment Thursday as to whether the bank will appeal the Court of Civil Appeals decision to the Texas Supreme In Utilities won a civil lawsuit against its former general manager and the bank in which he deposited the stolen Sledge didnt contest the but the bank promptly appealed to the Third Court of Civil Presiding 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer ordered Sledge to pay back the but the order didnt become effective until the bank also lost its pending Sohn said that the appellate courts ruling Wednesday allowed for 5 percent interest since 1976 the year the Utilities monies were making the total amount due more like the court as of it would allow 9 percent Sqhn which will add another or to the Utilities Attorney Tom Burrus echoed Sohns pleasure over the adding that the banks option to appeal to the Supreme Court was a strong McKenna groundbreaking scheduled Friday morning Everyone is invited to ground breaking ceremonies for the expansion of McKenna Memorial Hospital Friday Ceremonies will get underway at on the south lawn of the hospital Once renovation and expansion of McKenna is an additional 30 beds will be added to the current 86bed In the new facility will contain four new operating a comprehensive ob stetrical a phar central sterilizing department and coronary care said Tom hospital New Braunfels New BraunfelSp Texas 153 Zeituno THURSDAY 1982 25 cents 16 Pages USPS 377880 Israel stops push into West Beirut By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lebanese police reported at least 250 civilians killed and 670 wounded in the devastating 20hour bombardment of west Beirut by Israeli gunboats and artillery backing tank charges that carved out new positions on three fronts arouhe PLOs battered Israel suspended the push after a strongly worded message from President But Israeli officials vowed to continue their drive to crush the Palestine Liberation and guerrilla chief Yasser Arafat exhorted his followers to fight to the Israeli warplanes bombed south and west Beirut for 90 minutes after sundown capping a daylong rain of shellfire that collapsed city blocks and gutted apartment buildings in west Beiruts residential and commercial A police spokesman said many of thewounded were expected to die soon because the Moslem sectors hospitals are suffering drastic shortages of water and fuel because of an ilday Israeli blockade that has made bread and vegetables The Tel Ayiv military command issued a com munique early today saying the Beirut war front was relatively quiet during the night apart from sporadic Katyusha rocket fire from Palestinian It said Israeli soldiers exercised but did not say whether they fired The command said 19 Israeli soldiers had been killed in the Beirut area during the previous 24 including one who died in a Palestinian bazooka ambush east of the Seven other soldiers were wounded in the it The PLO has not announced any casualties among its estimated trapped in Beirut since the early stages of the Israeli invasion that began June Alarmed by Israels new which ap parently was aimed at isolating the Palestinians in southern Beirut President Reagan said he wrote Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to tell him a strict ceasefire is an absolute Sources in Washington said the administration was considering diplomatic and economic penalties if Israel does not stop the The Whitei House avoided metitibhihg sanctions in its public The Security Council voted with the United States alone to approve a JordanianSpanish resolution demanding the See Page 16 Inside Grim morning A fire in a house on Camp Willow Road has claimed one and two people were injured in separate accidents on IH 35 Thursday See Page DEARABBY TV Haag returns to reserve force Melford once captain of the Sheriffs Reserve has rejoined that I reinstated Melford as a reserve deputy July Sheriff Walter Fellers I felt the dismissals of the charges against him left all questions Three tampering with government charges were dismissed against Haag on April 16 and April 23 by District Attorney Bill after his 17 trial on one of the charges ended in a hung Wilburn who replaced Haag as captain of the reserves after the charges were will remain in that The reason for the dismissals was listed as investigating officer and primary witness is in reference to the tragic death of Sheriffs Investigator Ed Murphy in a helicopter crash along with Texas Ranger Ray Martinez who filed the charges against Haag See Page 16 Staff photo by John Senter Gilbert Villarreal left and deputy Dennis Koepp unload the confiscated weed Officers uproot marijuana garden A dozen law enforcement officers uprooted an estimated marijuana with a street value of over from the backyard of an Oak Village North home Wednesday The 50x20foot bearing an estimated 450 pounds of reportedly belonged to Larry David and Nancy Louise who were both charged with felony possession of marijuana over four The finding was made through com bined air and ground County officers said the marijuana plants averaged eight feet with the tallest being around 12 Some of the plants were so well set they had to be dug stated an who was sporting blisters on his hands from his efforts last The search warrant was issued by Judge Fred Stewart Justice of the Precinct Sheriffs In vestigator Rudy Rubio We hit the house around 7 and it took over two hours to clear out the garden with a dozen of us Drug Enforcement Administration agent Frank Perez organized the Rubio Sheriff Walter Gilbert DPS Texas Narcotics Division and other county officers were also scales and other drug related paraphernalia were also found at the The Oak Village North subdivision is located about two miles east of Highway on FM Schneider was released from the Comal County Jail at Thur sday under a set by Peace Justice Harold Bond was set at for who was still in custody Thursday DEBBIE TURNER Garden Ridge eyes taxes Majority wants city to annex property By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Three signatures on a notarized affidavit are all thats needed to set the wheels in The Garden Ridge City Council is ready to annex some Members voted unanimously Wednesday night to start proceedings as soon as the proper papers are Mayor Betty McGranahan hopes to hold the required public hearings between 23 and The territory in question lies off the citys southeast border between Nacogdoches Road and the Missouri Pacific The proposed annexation would also take in two strips of land south of but outside the present irregular citylimit Thirtynine residents of the area have signed a petition favoring Nine have submitted a no Two families with a total of five eligible voters havent had a chance to sign one way or the said Bob chairman of the city planning and zoning The way we hear theyre going to vote against So itll be 39 to A simple majority is required to make the petition The next step is for three of the pro annexation signers to put their names on an affidavit certifying that the petitioners are qualified voters and true residents of the After duly advertising the proposed City Council must hold two one in the area to be annexed and one in Garden Ridge Kolstad wants to be sure everyone involved gets a chance to Hearing times and places will be announced in the nearest but he also recom mended sending a letter to each resident in the annexation There arent more than 30 homes he McGranahan agreed it was a good After the hearings are council will be free to draw up an ordinance and vote on This action must be taken not less than 20 nor more than after the last hearing is At the other end of Garden some residents in the Schoenthal Ranch area have written McGranahan asking to be taken into the citys extra territorial This would protect their neighborhood from annexation by other but would make it fair game for future moves by Garden This is a isnt it the mayor People are asking to become part of Garden Before San Antonio gets muttered a citizen in the Council says no to homestead exemptions The City of Garden Ridge wont be granting a homestead exemption on this years property As Mayor McGranahan explained theres little point in a homestead exemption when homesteads account for 99 percent of the property in the City planning and zoning chairman Bob Kolstad said he didnt really understand the point of the new Texas law setting up the optional 40 percent Hes talked to city and county and no one has explained it to his Comal County Commissioners approved the and so did trustees of the Comal Independent School Garden Ridge citizens pay taxes to so theyll get some benefit from the In those larger taxes not paid by homeowners will be picked up by Garden Ridge has no The only properties there that wouldnt qualify for a homestead said are vacant And with most of the citys homes in the a vacant lot isnt worth enough to make much City Council has published its proposed 1983 and will hold a public hearing at City Hall on Revenue sharing funds will be discussed at and the regular budget at 7 The 1982 street repair job was finished in record time by Fischer Construction of New City engineer Craig Hollmig said work began about two days after the contract was awarded on July The streets were ready by July They had a big crew out You work is rather scarce right Hollrnig adding that Fischer did a good Best of the final bill was more than less than the original bid After a threemonth study of proposals from two cable television Garden Ridge has received a lastminute offer from a third Skylink Cable of We didnt know that you to be perfectly said Skylink representative Joe His company heard of Garden Ridge while working on a project in just a few miles away on the other side of IH In addition to a wider choice of TV Skylink is providing Northcliffe residents with fire and burglar alarm all on the Champion said he can offer Garden Ridge the same services and more at a cheap rate by hooking the city onto Northcjiffes He said Skylink had a flexible in which each household See Page
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