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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas MO 5 3 258 CO PO BOX c 23 75381 Drug abuse 79 Thursday at the Civic Center New Braunfels u New Texas 62 i Zeitimg One 12 Pages Tuesday March 31 25 Cents In a report last week on McKenna Memorial the facilitys desire to recruit qualified registered nurses may have led some of the very fine licensed vocational nurses at McKenna to wonder If they will be employed there in the For the McKennas ad ministration has every confidence In the professional care given by its licensed vocational There are no plans to get rid of LVNs at McKenna unless they all quit and the programs that train and test LVNS In Texas go out of according to Mary assistant Wanna quit smoking Incentive to do just that is available by atten ding the Fresh Start Clinic co sponsored by New Braunfels In dependent School Districts Com munity Education program and American Cancer Clinics will be on Tuesdays March 31 and April 7 from to in the McKenna Memorial Hospital classroom on Garza Street The clinic costs less than a 25 pack of which is to say ad mission is free The Albert Dess family wishes to thank the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Country Hicks for donating baked gods and lot of brother ly love in the aftermath of an August automobile accident that left Dess Money raised through auction and dona tions at the March 21 event will mean a load off the mind of Charlene his wife He remains In Colonial Manor Nursing Home might to drop by But a visit to a nursing for lack of another isnt a bad idea anyhow Texas Fruit Growers Field Days are April 34 In Fredricksburg A variety of presentations are plann but unless by some miracle the freeze Sunday and Monday nights didnt clobber the areas peach and fruit tree crop there may be little to celebrate the event pro mlses to be a big help to orchardists and wouldbe orchardists For fur ther call John Lipe at i512i 9977W7 or Texas Hor ticullurist at t409i 7758300 We dont know about y but most of our roots are belter off buried the Genealogical Socie ty of Kendall County will hold a seminar fiom y a m to 4 p m April in Saxon Hall in Boerne Fin ding Your Roots Through Federal Resources will feature National Archives archivist Barbara Rust A catered luncheon is included in the registration fee Contact the sponsors at 537U143 before 5 p m April 7 Were giving you a lot of advanc ed notice on this since some par ticipants might want to gel in shape before the gun starts the Second An nual 5K OAKRUN May 23 in Oakrun subdivision Proceeds from the event will augment efforts to establish an emergency childrens shelter m Comal County Kntry fees are between now and May SB thereafter up to starting time Kn try forms will be available soon from area merchants For more in call Shay Noah at 625 8933 After a tease of spring inter rupted by a return of winter temperatures today were ex pected to warm back into the low 70s with winds out of the west at 1015 m Tonights forecast is calling for clear and cold with lows in the 40s With light winds Tomorrow calls for more warmer tjmpieratures with readings in mid70 s and winds out of at 510 I The CLASSIFIED 111 eQMies 47 CROSSWORD n DIASAiiY 7 EDUCATION 3 OPINIONS 4 SPOSTI 5i 1 S t ti Chilled peaches in this area were spared the drastic effects of a record but many were knocked high Photo by Deryl Gardeners too T i F a r met s s p a i e d eff ec t of record temperatures From Stall and Wire Reports Comal County gardeners and ranchers were lucky that the cold weather covering much of the state brought only a shortlived freeze to this We were said Comal County Extension Agent BUI Schumann this The thing that saved us was that it the freezing termperature wasnt there long enough to freeze the plants through and Fredericksburgarea peach growers and other fruit farmers have suffered large The wintry weather thai gripped Texas over the weekend set record temperatures and killed peach crops over a wide area of the costing growers hundreds of thousands of Us almost a total said Parker County peach grower Hugh estimating his loss at to Some growers took lastminute precautions Monday night in an attempt to keep the cold from wiping them out Safety measures included burning stacks of tires in orchards running water near the base of trees to provide warmth and Schumann spent the morning looking at area crops and said that he hasnt seen any crop damage Most of the fields corn and grain sorghum have been planted and some is he I havent seen any crop damage in the corn and grain sorghum Well know more in another two or three Ive seen some frosted Johnson Grass that if cattle it could be Schumann explaining that prussic acid builds up in the stems of the frozen grass during freezes and He cautioned cat tle raisers to wait until the grasses are actively See Page2 Remains at large Tuesday Donna Vetters murderer flees Bexar County lockup SAN ANTONIO Texas A1 A man convicted ol capital murder in the brutal rape ing ol an FBI clerk escaped from custody hours alter a jury returned a that could send him to Texas death row Karl escaped from the Bexar County Jail about lu p in authorities said Officers used dogs and helicopters to search the downtown area earl todav and a witness called the escape a comedy of errors Hammond had been convicted hours before in the death of New braunfels High School graduate Donna Lynn 22 Because of outbursts he had made dur ing the Hammonds mouth was covered a gag made of tape and gauze during the final portion of his trial Officers said who faces life in prison or death by escaped moments after meeting with one of his lawyers One guard who was to have escorted Ham inond back to witnesses said The guard became distracted and Hammond managed to flee through an unlocked door that separates the visitation room and the jail booking witnesses said The witnesses said he then leaped over a counter and ran down a flight of It was a comedy of said Rick who was at the jail paying a traffic told the San Antonio ExpressNews 1 saw him jump out of that window and he ran like a bat out of hell through a stairwell leading to the first floor Bexar County Sheriff Uarlon Copeland said he is trying to find out the convicted killer managed to escape 1 have to see why that door was left Copeland said Copeland said he did not know whether the escape was premeditated and refused to allow reporters to talk with Hammonds guard 1 dont allow my deputies to issue press intersection where they believe he w as picked up bs a car about five minutes after the escape Authorities said have not been able to determine if the car picked him up or if Hammond managed to commandeer the car One of the prosecutors who handled Hammonds trial said he was pulled by the lax secunU He should have been shackled after conviction ol capital murder 1 hope they catch him before he hurts anyone said Assistant District Attornes Ron The punishment phase of Hammonds trial will con unue today with or without District Court Judge Ted Butler said a convicted had been convicted in the Sept 4 rape and stabbing death of Ms Yelter inside her San Antonio which Mendoza told jurors was reduced to a slaughterhouse Hammond stood motionless as the verdict was read Monday after the jury of seven women and five men deliberated for about three hours Friends and relatives gasped and cried On the other side of the Ms Vetters mother and sister sat quielh in a frontrow bench Security for the start of punishment phase was increas ed and a metal detector used to screen those entering the courtroom after reports Monday that threats were made following the verdict It that same level of anxiety that overshadowed the start of proceedings Monday when Ham mond made two outbursts one in the presence of the jury protesting the trial to Butler My constitutional rights are being he told Butler before jurors were brought into the courtroom 1 have several witnesses that are here to testify on my behalf My attorneys are not representing me properl The outburst prompted Hammonds Rebecca also to protest in a loud voice from the for which ordered her taken into custody and found Couple claims pulling human hair from lake By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer A local woman continuing the search for a missing San Antonio teen said earlier today she wants to search an area at Canyon Lake were a couple found what they thought was a clump of human The couple who claim to have pull ed the apparently human hair and a shoe from a fishing pier said they threw the material back in the lake before contacting authorities about the possibility of having found possi ble evidence of human Jeanette who operates Albrecht and Sons Custom has been spearheading a local effort to locate Debbie She said she plans to locate volunteers and search the area where the material thought to be hair was Lynn and Dirk Richel of Canyon Lake were fishing off a boat dock near Canyon Lake Marina three weeks ago when they hooked what they think was a clump of human The couple notified Comal County Sheriffs Department of ficials who decided not to pursue a search because of a lack of Richels said her husband tossed the hair back into the lake when they discovered what it was and therefore had no evidence to show We were fishing around by the Ca nyon Lake Marina on the north side of the husband was fishing about 15 to 20 feet off of the He leeled in a deck shoe and we threw it lack she adding the canvas fcoe was medium size and could Have been a womans About 30 minutes he threw out again and he snagged his it wasnt a real hard He said he could feel it give and he reeled it Mrs Richel said The woman added that the substance attached to the See Page 2 Budget crunch7 faces NB so Ions By DAVID MAY Staft Writer In the last minutes in a contest are known as crunch time For New Braunfels City Council in its battle with a requested budget that is far short of projected crunch time is Crunch seems to be an appropriate word as council Monday night reviewed the coming years pro jected revenues of a figure termed fair and conser vative and some less than the current years amended revenue collections On March council heard requests from department heads for an operating budget of 47 or 38 million over projected income Council Wednesday night will begin to bring those numbers closer together in the third workshop set to begin at 7 30 p m at New Braunfels Utilities meeting room With the new fiscal year beginning Jul 1 council hopes to have a budget in ordinance form in May City Manager Joe Michie calling projected revenues for the fiscal year fair and told council Weve raised our fees enough during the last year and that leaves us with only three major sources of income Sales tax which is unpredictable intergovernmental transfers and property tax to find money to provide services Council is searching for some over the current years amended budget of 57 29 million for additional police and fire department personnel The city was forced into budget amendments midyear following drastic revenue City Finance Director Jim Jeffers told council that a property lax rate hike of 7 y the minimum in crease allowed without calling for a rollback would provide an additional to city coffers Jeffers said such an increase would result in an effective increase of ap proximately 2 cents per evalua tion to the average homeowner New Braunfels properu tax which accounts for 20 percent of operating revenues is lower than other Texas cities of the same size except Eagle Pass New Braunfels properly tax rate is per iltm aluation Count i iiiemur ai large James Goodbreaii who said earlier We seem to bailing a ine eiu have a hole in thi ninr the city raise ad idles jiid transfers of monies from utlur collecting en tities Mabr do a little in all directions tie Properu lax revenue alculations of 444 lui include SeiBUDGET Page 2 Guadalupe Valley Hospital directors authorize project Witnesses told police they saw Hammon at a downtown By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent An opinion by the state attorn general s office paved the tor Guadalupe V alley Hospitals board ol directors to advertise for construc tion bids and financing for a proposed l million expansion of the faciliu The move was unanimous ap proved by the board last week following Hospital Adminstrator Don Richeys request to seek such bids for the planned threephase expansion The board is eyeing April iu as the date to open construction bids Richey presented the board w uh an opinion released recently by Stale At torney General Jim Matlox which slated a county with a owned hospital can borrow funds lor expan sions without a bond issue with ap proval of county and city The opinion affects the Seguui facility and two other facilities of its type in Texas The attorney general s opinion lur ldlel u i inancing te n is reasonably anticipated iiiat Hie iuuii can be ivpjid liiii Miiuis In the operation ol tile hospital The opinion staled further condi tions would centei around the amount 01 refinancing no including the amount Hie count or cit believe could be Ijiseo tniougn a combina tion ol hospital revenues taxing power and oilier taxing authorities lor hospital purposes Article 44M4I ol slate statutes allow s local entities supporting a joint the disiivtion whether lo borrow i nones The enitUes must take specific action tu improve a loan for such improv tmeiHs saui the last part of the opi nion was not what he had hoped for He said ne had hoped the opinion would die hospital to borrow nioae il a budget containing the expansion plans wtje approved See Page 2
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