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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas New economic data shows signs of growth recession WASHINGTON AP The economy went into a more pronounced slump from July through September than previously growing at a sluggish rate of the government reported The Commerce Department said the gross national product the broadest measure of the countrys economic health advanced at the slowest pace since the fourth quarter of the end of the last The Reagan administration has described the slowdown as a momentary lull and not the begin ning of another but many private economists have said that at the very least the country has en tered a growth In a growth the economy expands at such a low rate that unemployment also In an actual the economy does not grow at The percent figure for growth in the third quarter marked the second time the government has revised downward this estimate of economic It first said third quarter growth would come in at percent and then last month that was revised to While many economists were expecting another downward few were predicting the rate would fall below 2 That meant the economy expanded at less than onefourth the pace it had exhibited in the first six months of the From January through the GNP surged ahead at an annual rate of From April through the rate was a stillrobust One of the weakest segments in the economy in recent months has been the building which was hit hard when mortgage interest rates rose sharply earlier in the The government reported today that housing construction fell again in The Commerce Department said housing starts dropped percent last falling to an annual rate of million the lowest pace See Page 8A Couple charged in burglary of local miniwarehouse ByDANASTELL Staff writer A Kirby couple suspected in the breakin of a mini warehouse here remain in Coma County Jail under bond each The charged with burglary of a non are suspected in the 14 breakin of a miniwarehouse The pair also is being questioned about their involvement in other mini warehouse burglaries in the James and his Benita of 4015 Enchanted Sun in were arrested about noon Saturday by New Braunfels Police David I had been after these people for a while in connection with a burglary Williams Mini Storage on IH said Detective Juan I got information Saturday that they were at Busseys Giant Flea but when I got they had already A patrolman spotted his travel trailer and stopped him for not having a drivers license and for other traffic Gusme said he took a photograph of the suspect to Busseys where some vendors apparently identified the suspect as the man who had sold some stolen including and other household Seventeen vacuum cleaners stolen from Universal City were reportedly recovered from Hornbuckles travel Weve had bunches and bunches of the mini storage Gusme In the last six weve had 20 or 30 of Water Watch Comal cfs same Canyon Lake inflow 130 cfs up 25 Canyon Dam outflow 150 cfs same Edwards Aquifer up Canyon Lake level down New Braunfels Herald New Texas Tuesday November 1984 225 25 Cents 16 Pages2 Sections fire kill 264 near Mexico City MEXICO CITY AP Troops on alert for looters sealed off devastated areas of Tlalnepantla and anxious survivors waited today at crowded relief centers for word of relatives missing after one of the worst natural gus explosions on By early today 2G4 bodies had been Red Cross and police officials said at least 500 people were seriously in jured by the explosions and flames that turned the workingclass district into an inferno Army troops patrolling the Mexico City suburb arrested 20 looters who were trying to take advantage of the chaos that followed the which Federal Police deputy spokesman Hector Garcia Vasquez said forced evacuation of more than The troops refused to allow evacuees to return to their homes while the search for bodies Officials said the death count was expected to rise today because the toll did not include people taken to hospitals who may have died later or workers at the liquefied natural gas storage site where the explosions Homes on about 20 square blocks were destroyed or badly damaged and Mexico state officials said more than half a square mile was Mexico City Police Chief Ramon Mota Sanchez said the blaze was under control at There were people coming out of there all said Isidro a rescue midday but flames from one tank still lit the night sky as the fire burned itself Witnesses and residents said one tremendous blast shook the crowded suburb at followed by perhaps a dozen more Balls of fire shot into the air and rained fiery debris on homes and Plumes of dark smoke rose a mile into the sky as the fire raged out of control for more than seven A spokesman for the governmentrun petroleum monopoly PEMEX said a gas truck apparently touching off subsequent first at Unigas natural gas holding tanks and then at the adjoining PEMEX natural gas storage and distribution built in Mota Sanchez said four storage tanks holding more than 3 million gallons of liquefied gas each and two others Authorities had feared the fire would trigger more explosions at nearby but none PEMEX technicians burned off barrels of gas to avoid new the company Officials said the operation and main pipeline were closed to prevent further The death toll exceeded the 135 killed when a storage tank exploded in Ohio the such disaster on record in the United More than people are believed to have died when a gasoline tanker exploded inside Skmmg TumiLi in President Miguel de la Madrid issued a statement Monday night expressing sorrow for those killed and urging the public to aid the The government put into action an emergency aid program that included the distribution of clothing and other necessities and Installation of mobile kitchens to feed those Lira Mora said the state of Mexico will pay for the Throughout the ambulances and rescue trucks raced in and out of the carrying the injured to seven nearby hospitals and several emergency At the neighborhood police charred bodies in plastic bags were carried into the patio area where they remained until they could be carried to a civic center con See Page 8A v new center planned By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Bavarian Place will soon be the largest shopping center in New and Wal Mart will be its major Luke selling agent for the said WalMarts formal announcement and groundbreaking will be at 9 The extension of Walnut Avenue and construction on the center are being coor so hopefully theyll both be done about the same he The Lshaped center will feature German style architecture and will boast square feet when It will also face both Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue once the road is Speckman said WalMart will start out with square but plans to expand to square feet within one The store should be open by August of Other tenants include an unnamed grocery an unnamed drug a fiveplex Cinema and one or two more department Speckman Gaz Green Real Estate is the exclusive listing agent for the shopping The property is owned by Jokinen who is also currently developing a similar shopping center in Financial opart The eye may be a bit confused at this and no Its not an op art but a shot from the bottom up of the sprial staircase of the new DERU CLARK HtHALDZEITUNG wing of New Braunfels National The wooden railing is the only thing that gives it Inside Todays Weather The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of rain today and temperatures slightly above freezing for Skies will remain partly cloudy through but a warming trend will begin Wednesday and carry on through the Winds will vary between 1015 miles per and temperatures today should reach the mid50s and drop to the high30s Mondays high was and this mornings low was Sunset will be at 5 34 and sunrise will be at 7 CLASSIFIED 6BB COMICS CROSSWORD DEAR ABBY DEATHS 4A HOROSCOPE 38 OPINIONS SPORTS STOCKS 2A TV LISTINGS WEATHER 2A Ready to By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials Monday said their customers could have their power bills doubled in five years if the Lower Colorado River Authority is successful in its rate hike PEC officials say that would be the result of the LCRAs latest rate hike even though the LCRA says the increase would only be 15 It would be more like and that includes planning for additional said Elof LCRA EC says LCRA rate increase double electric bills general He also said the increase is needed primarily to retire the debt of the Soderberg added that the increase LCRA is requesting is somewhere around 11 indicating that the exact figures have not been Were trying to prevent a drastic rate increase for our said PEC spokesman Bill following PECs monthly directors meeting Monday in Johnson At the PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg recommended that the board intervene in the LCRA Upon his board member Kit Carson made the Roland Erben and the board voted unanimously to which supplies electric power to Canyon is a wholesale power customer of as is New Braunfels Cunningham said that it was stated in an Austin AmericanStatesman article that all LCRA wholesale customers have agreed to the rate We have never been Cunningham It is our understanding that Bluebonnet Electric See Page U Videotaping cutting down on county DWI trials By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer suspects charged with driving while in toxicated is paying off f or the county attorney Bill Reimer Fewer trials have resulted from the videotaping of the physical sobriety Not only more defendants have pleaded guilty when they see themselves on the but Reimer has dropped charges on defendants who appear sober and the lab test was not Last year out of 980 DWI 36 went to trial this year we will probably not have 850 DWIs for the but so far we have had to go to trial on only That will probably work out to about half as many trials or Reimer The videotape not only backs up the officers con clusion of but also will prove that the blood test was offered as an alternative to the that the Miranda reading of rights warnings were read to the and that the officers were not physically when the defendant claims In a recent 42yearold Uvalde man was sen tenced 12 to 60 days in jail for driving while in toxicated after a jury saw a videotape of his arrest See Page
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