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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Nation was ready to help hijack victims See 3A Comal down 256 Water up 10 Canyon up 12 Edwards down Canyon Lake up Area Guadalupe County could lose jail See below Battrop beats Page 6A New Braunfels Herald Ntw Texas Tuesday November 25 Cents 12 Section Rains flood Comal County LILLIAN THOMAS Staff wrltar Lightning and a downpour wreaked havoc here though Comal County escaped the severe flooding that San Marcos About 6 Sunday morning 4 6 inches of rain had alien in the northeast part of the re quiring New Braunfels Fire Department to begin warning peo ple who lived along the swollen creeks and rivers to prepare to move to higher Wesley fire The city rescued four vehicles during the including one that was washed off of Lakeview Larry a New Braunfels Herald was crossing Blieders Creek on Lakeview when his car stalled He got out of his car and was trying to push the car out of the water when the water started ris circulation manager Don Avery When he was at the front Of the the stream lifted the back of it and carried it off the road and into the The cur rent had to be pretty swift and deep because it carried the car about 75 feet from the The car was completely submerged for several Vallee lost 300 newspapers along with Ms Avery An ExpressNews Carol came close to a similar fate on Bear Creek Water came into her stalling but she only needed a tow to safe a sheriffs department spokesman The New Braunfels RV Park had to be Water there rose to four feet out of the rivers banks and the park was flooded by Some campers were still trying to get out when the waters and one RV owner said he lost a cat and a box of The fire department inspector said as they were beginning to warn people out in the county about the rising a unit passed the recreational vehicle park off of US 81 and saw the water coming We stopped by there about Our response area covers all the area between here and the Campers at New Braunfels Park prepare to leave the site DERYL ZEIlUNd county line toward San and thats where most of the rain Meyer We called out the volunteer units at to help warn Meyer said that one family he knew of had water in their but did not have to A family on Hunter Road near Alligator Creek we thought for a while might have to be but the water started One of our fire fighters lived next door and couldnt get out of the but he went next door and warned Meyer Alligator Creek came out of its banks and completely submerged the low water crossing gauge on Hunter so that no accurate measure could be made of its cresting But Meyer said from how high the water was on he guessed the water was between 1220 feet above normal along parts of Alligator During Meyers travels around the he said he saw the low water gauge on the Gruene Bridge at and the one at the first low water crossing on Goodwin Lane at two Also the access roads to Interstate 35 toward San Marcos were Others reported Blieders Creek was four feet over Lakeview Boulevard and rose six feet over River Also witnesses reported seeing the Guadalupe within six feet of the Common See Page 12 The Guadalupe River floods the crossing at Gruene Hijack victims recall terror on plane Malta AP The co pilot of Egyptair flight MS648 remembered hearing murmured pleas for bodies tossed onto the tarmac and the hi jackers whistling cheerful tunes after a Other victims remembered how the gunmen led five passengers one by one to a pointed guns at their heads and But for a young one of 11 women freed early the most terrifying moment was the Egyptian raid that officials said left 59 people The man she had married two weeks ago was still and his fate was not Maha was returning home to Cairo with her Mahmoud when the Boeing 737 left Athens airport at Athens Twentytwo minutes later a man stood up in the front of the removed a gun and a hand grenade from a plastic bag and donned a ski The man in front stood up and another one in the rear drew a gun and Dont move A third entered the cockpit with a pistol and a hand grenade and told Hani Galal and copilot Emad Bahey to fly to the Mediterranean island of The terrorists told the passengers to hold out their Their demands were silently obeyed until they reached one of the four Egyp tian security guards on the He drew a gun and fired at a hi jacker and was immediately shot by the other Passengers said they believed both the guard and the hijacker he shot were dead on the but Maltese officials said only the American woman was killed before Sunday nights commando There were about four to five Ismail There was no Everybody was very Julie leader of a womens dance troupe from the We all put our heads down and She and other passengers described their captors as in their 20s and very At one they forced two men to lie in the aisle and then walked over their They were shak ing their fists and chanting in Maldes We never knew what they were But Ismail said the hijackers spoke in Palestinianor Lebaneseaccented Arabic and said they were members of a group called Egypts Revolu They did not mention any demands or say why they had commandeered the she Bahey said he and Galal tried talk ing to the gunman in the the apparent gang but he didnt want to say anything about his na tionality or The hijackers occassionally fired into the air to enforce their orders for and after one burst of gunfire Galal noted the aircraft was losing cabin apparently from a bullet puncture When youre flying at thats Bahey We radioed the Malta control tower to say we were executing an emergency Harborth Guadalupe County could lose jail Inside writer gEGUIN Sheriff Melvin Har bortfa told Guadalupe County Com missioners Monday that if something it not done about the lack of space at tiki Guadalupe County the state could close it as soon as Harbortb said that when represen tatives from the Texas Commission oo Jail Standards inspected the jail last they warned that it was not In compliance with all of the state Harborth added that should be done about the jail if it is to I only want to go on record as say ing that we need to take some action to solve the problems of too many prisoners in the Harborth told the The jail has room for 31 the sheriff Harborth said the county has a daily average of 29 He said that the problem of crowding is created because prisoners must be County Judge James Sagebiel and the commissioners told Harborth that the county can not make any plans for a new jail until the tax rollback effort is Last week the Guadalupe Tax payers Association voted to circulate petitions calling for an election to roll back County taxes were recently raised by 50 from 24 cents to 36 cents per If the rollback effort is the tax increase will be limited to eigth percent of 24 cents per The commissioners have said that if this attempt is the county budget will have to be cut by about one Harbortb told the commissioners that the county would have trouble finding a place to keep inmates if the jail was He said Comal County might be able to keep the prisoners at a cost of about a We have had a few people sent to jail that I would not have room for so I just have to turn them Har borth He said these were people sentenced for short jail terms by county courtatlaw for misde I know some of those people real ly shouldnt be on the but what can I Harborth said after the commissioners Weve got warrants for probably 200 people but we cant arrest them because theres just not place to put Harborth also said after the meeting that if the rollback attempt is successful that the county will not Page 12 Mistrial declared in Perry DIIIIC Staff writer State District Judge Robert Pfeuf fer has declared a mistrial in criminal proceedings against a Ca nyon Lake man who was charged with sexually assaulting a fouryear old girl last David Charles also known as Jeff Owens was found guil ty of aggravated sexual assault Fri day by a Comal County Seven hours of deliberation went into the jurys but Pfeuf fers ruling will mean Perry will face another jury in a new trial that may or may not be in Comal See Page 12 Police get mixed review If DANA OVEftSTflEET Staff writar A committee studying the relation ship between the New Braunfels Police Department and the minority community Monday has come up with recommendations for the City The recommendations include ad ding a bilingual officer to the police department and forming policy on the use of force by police The special committee was ap pointed last July to study the criteria and methods used to hire and train officers review procedures us ed in handling complaints against the and become familiar with the arrest and detainment pro The committee also was to hear from law enforcement court Hispanics and other citizens about their perception of a problem in community The committee suggested that the police department to in teract with various sectors of the but especially with minority organizations in the MexicanAmerican areas to enhance relations and The which was read to council Monday by committee chair man Harry also Negative perceptions in the MexicanAmerican community cur rently hamper attempts by police to provide quality professional ser Police are perceived as only com ing into the area to enforce city and See Page 12 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for warm and humid today with a 30 per cent chance of increasing to 50 percent tonight and 60 percent on Winds will be southeasterly at 15 miles per hour to decreasing to 1015 mph then shifting to the north at 15 mph on Todays expected high is in the lower with a low tonight in the upper 60s and a high on Wednes day in the upper This mornings low was and yesterdays high was Sunset will be at and sunrise Wednesday will be at DEAR ABBY
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