Friday, December 30, 1983

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas I no Com i t into J30X fireworks ByDYANNEFflV Staff wrKw The recent spell of cold weather could make this an especially hazardous New Years weekend from a firefighters point of Next to the Fourth of New Years Eve is the biggest night of the year for said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy And the dead winter grass is The way the winds been blowing it wouldnt take A stranded spark or ember down in the weeds could start a fire that would be difficult to the fire marshal Thats what We dread right The fact that a number of water pipes have suffered freeze damage this past week just adds to the New Braunfels firefighters were called to assist Lake Dunlap volunteers around dinnertime on Christmas when an errant firecracker started a healthy blaze in the Green Meadows Thats what I was said Lake Dunlap Fire Chief Henry Pearce on the cause of the The first report said a mobile home was When the volunteers got they saw that it was only But there were five or six mobile homes in danger in the immediate Pearce There were a lot of residents that didnt have any water to fight the because of frozen A grass fire broke out behind Maldonados at FM 725 and Zipp within 10 minutes of the Green Meadows Lake Dunlap trucks went out shortly after and they werent all back in the garage until after 6 Pearce He hadnt determined the cause of the nursery But Friesenhahn said he had seen at least one other blaze started by fireworks this He wanted to remind everyone that its illegal to shoot fireworks in the City of New Outside the city theres no law against but local firefighters are advising extreme If children absolutely have to shoot off do it in an area free of and hopefully supervised by an Friesenhahn A rash of arctic cold fronts has so far failed to drop any ice or snow on Comal so the grass is at least as dry as it is every year about this Friesenhahn And thanks to a good summer growing theres more of it out there than he New Braunfels Itow Texas HeraldZdtung AO OCn 0 o FRIDAY December 25 cents 92 260 18 Sections USPS 377880 Latest cold wave sets more records By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Temperature records toppled across the state again this morning as readings plunged into the teens as far south as but forecasters predicted that the frigid weather would give way to seasonally mild temperatures for the New The mercury fell to 10 degrees at San Antonio this breaking the alltime low for December of 11 degrees set Christmas A reading of 8 degrees in Dallas broke a 66yearold record for the date of 14 Predawn readings were below freezing but the National Weather Service predicted that temperatures would warm to the 30s and possibly 40s later it looks like were getting to a gradual warming trend up to where well have normal temperatures next and it should be dry with only chance of showers in East Texas on meterologist Michael Mach said Thur sday But the warm news was of little comfort to citrus who estimate the cold hand of winter took up to million worth of crops last Insurance officials say the cold spell has caused more than million in damages to homes and businesess mostly as a result of broken water pipes and Authorites also said the big freeze put a chill on illegal alien crossing the particularly in where most Border Patrol checkpoints are reporting a sharp dropoff in The mercury fell to 10 degrees at San Antonio this breaking the alltime low for December of 11 degrees set Christmas Its just too dadgum cold for em to hit that chief agent Jack Richardson This is the most dramatic slowdown weve and Ive been in the Border Patrol for 30 Weatherrelated continued to bringing the number of people killed to at least 36 since the arctic front began plaguing the Lone Star state on The latest victim apparently died of Authorities said Thursday Ardell was found by ambulance attendants in his east Austin A bucket of stillhot charcoals was found in his Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower said a 10rday on all citrus being shipped out of South Texas was to take effect at midnight today and would end Most citrus producers endorsed the which exempts oranges and grapefruit picked before the freeze and that fruit bound for juice processing Employee hurt in mishap on job A Seguin man employed by Fischer Construction was injured at a Conroy Industries job site and is now in the intensive care unit of McKenna Memorial Julian of Seguin was reported in stable condition Friday A hospital spokesman said he had sustained and had undergone The Emergency Medical Ser vice report said the victims neck and spine were immobilized en route to the Possible in ternal injuries were A Conroy spokesman said Hernandez was an employee of which has been contracted to crtrirtnc build the foundation for a new warehouse at Conroy rrOZGil SpilnyS located on IH 35 South near Loop The company refused comment on the The EMS unit picked Hernandez up at the site just before 5 More record cold temperatures have turned water from springs on River Road into icy South Texas got a Staff photo by Dyanne Fry new blast of cold air Thursday but the forecast called for a milder New Years Schools to reopen as planned Cold takes toll on water pipes By DEBBIE DeLOACH and DORIAN MARTIN Staff writers Energy has been in short supply and even curtailed during the recent cold blast through So it may have been a blessing that school bells weren t ringing at the same But the bliss will soon be over with Comal ISO students returning to the classroom New Braunfels ISD will come back to reality on CISD Superintendent Edgar Willhelm said hell stick to that unless weve got ice everywhere Monday morning or lots of water Even if we didnt have water at one Id still probably try and keep the rest of the district he Well really have to wait and see what the weather brings our The weather has brought water problems to CISD since recordlow temperatures invaded New Braunfels over the Christmas Almost every campus has had broken pipes andor pump The water pump that brings water from the Guadalupe River to Mountain Valley School and had to be It was operational again The main pipe at Canyon Middle School was repaired Willhelm The pump at Bulverde was also but is operational New Braunfels ISD schools plumbing has been more Superintendent Charles Bradberry See Page 10A Jackson begins quest to rescue pilot Inside West Germany AP Ignoring a cold shoulder from President the Jesse Jackson flew toward Damascus today to try to gain the freedom of a captive But Syrias defense minister said no release was possible while a state of war The Democratic presidential candidate left New York on Thursday night and made a morning stopover in He was to arrive in Syria later His mission to win the release of Navy Robert Goodman had the blessing of the fliers but Goodmans father said Jackson should be held responsible if the effort prolonged the Goodman was wounded and cap tured 4 when his attack jet was downed during a raid on Syrian gun positions in Lebanons central heading a delegation that includes several retired to a VIP lounge in the airport to rest after his arrival in He planned to meet with reporters at the airport later in the his spokeswoman Florence Tate Tate said the delegation would be met in Damascus by someone from the possibly Am bassador Robert We dont know what the program there is she told The Associated Press at the before leaving New said he had virtual assurance front the Syrian government that he would least be able to meet with Good as have the Red and Jackson said he had a telegram of welcome from the Syrian govern and said he hoped to meet with Syrian President Hafez But he conceded he had no assurance Goodman would be and in Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlass appeared to reject the Tlass said in an in terview with The Associated that a state of war exists between the United States and Syria and that military traditions are that prisoners of war are exchanged after the war There has been no declaration of war and American officials have said repeatedly that the United States does not consider itself at war with A Marine contingent is part of the multinational peacekeeping force requested by Lebanon after the Israeli invasion drove Palestinian guerrillas out of Beirut in The Marines are supported by Naval forces off the coast of At a Kennedy Airport news con Jackson We have a moral obligation to do something other than stand idly Marilyn Goodman of New the fliers attended the news conference but said she would not accompany Jackson because I dont think its my business to She said Jackson was carrying a personal letter from her to her Todays Weather The Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cold today with light The clouds and light winds will remain but temperatures will not be as Mostly sunny and not so cold on Saturday with winds out of the east at 510 The New Years weekend forecast predicts cool temperatures and increasing cloudiness becoming mostly cloudy with a chance of rain on Sunset today will be at with sunrise Saturday at 7 25 Cooking With Bass The San Antonio Spurs won their first game under replacement Coach Bob Bass Thursday whipping the Kansas City Kings 138127 at the HemisFair George Gervin had a seasonhigh 44 points in the Page Early Sunday edition Remember what we did just a week ago for Christmas were gonna do it again for New fairs The Sunday HeraldZeitung will be printed and delivered Saturday morning so our families may enjoy a safe and sober New Years Qwr office will be closed Monday as and reopen for regular hours The circulation apartment will be open from 7n Saturday inpce you didnt get your 88 INTf 8A 5A wf an REUGKJUS FOCUS While theyre hot Zipp crack down on bad checks By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writers Balancing the checkbook isnt considered a holiday tradition in most writing checks on a account with in sufficient funds which can plague a person throughout the year is a pesky problem which often strikes after the holiday Not merchants and officials find the Christmas season brings an increase in the number of hot That just goes with the said County Court AtLaw Judge Ron You get more checks because you get more KMart manager Ed Moss He finds customers often misjudge the float time between the initial deposit and the time the money is actually available in the But with the stores service charge and the banks its expensive for them the Moss Connie an assistant to the county I guess people really dont have enough money to pay for their She said people who know how to write hot checks use the By the time the merchant put the check through the bank twice and notification is the writer finds he doesnt have to pay until January or Although the number of hot checks drops after the the strict enforcement against them doesnt In while Comal County is the number of hot checks has dropped 50 percent in the last 2 according to figures from the county attorneys We were running 300350 cases a month when we first started County Attorney Bill Reimer he sees 150 cases a He says tougher prosecution is behind the I dont believe in being just a debt collection agent for Reimer Hot check cases have decreased from 300 to 350 cases a month in 1981 to around 150 a month this County Attorney Bill Reimer Noting most county and district attorneys make collections almost like a timepayment Reimer said his office is in the Were here for the purpose of upholding the I want to give them the writer a he I want the whole nineyards done to them so they know how serious this The only ones we dont prosecute through are those we cant Reimer Zipp said honest mistakes can be handled with notices to the but malicious use of checks means a day in If a person has been well see that restitution is made to the merchant or person who has been he We believe in very but very strict enforcement of the There are two classifications for hot checks and their writers Issuance of a bad check A Class C itis determined if the issuer is believed to have had knowledge of his accounts insufficent The issuer then is given notice by registered or certified mail any other notification will not hold up in An offense under this category can be punishable by a fine up to Theft by check Although the knowledge of insuficient funds is this also presumes an intent to deprive the owner of to avoid payment for service if the writer has no account See HOT Page WA