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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Hurricane weakens after hitting coast HIGH Texas AP Hurricane Chantal blew ashore toppling power lines and ripping roofs off buildings along the Gulf Coast before it was downgraded to a tropical See below Doctor vows appeal in patient dumping VICTORIA AP Sick people throughout the country are in danger of receiving improper medical care following an administrative law judges decision to fine a doctor accused of patient the pen alized physician See Page 4 A I 0 MO 09 qy T T H T BPOOKHOLLOW Pi Mets pick up 1988 Cy Young winner Frank Viola became the first pitcher to be traded in the season after winning the Cy Young Award when Minnesota sent him home to New York on Monday i e midnight See Page 7 New Braunfels qniTE 300 j 7 A 0 0 187 707 Landa Stv New Texas 78130 USPS Zeituno 3 377880 5126259144 luesday August 1989 25 Cents One 10 Pages Uncontrolled burn steps up drug fight By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Undercover drug intense investigations and anonymous dps are rungs in the Comal County sheriffs office stcpladder in its aggressive fight against illegal Its recent victims remain in the Comal County jail today in lieu of We want to assure everyone that from this point on were going to be very heavy into the drug problem in Comal making a lot of efforts and a lot of different said Sheriff Jack Bremer I dont go into anything that I dont think Ill be successful Board OKs tax contract With barely two weeks before the tax consolidation Comal Independent School District trustees approved a contract with the county for collecting The 12 election will decide the issue of consolidating tax collec tion at the county level for all entities within Comal Appraisal The contract approved Monday night had been in the works for two said Comal County Tax Gloria By case said trustee Leroy the contract with the coun ty will supersede the outcome of the Weve talked about this for what concerns me is being forced to If the election said board president Carter the taxpay er gets hung in one of two ways if it costs then who will pick up the tab the taxpayer and if it winds up in then who pays for it the Abel CISD finance direc said the twoyear contract includes everything that everybody was concerned He added that it had taken two years to get all the details worked out and to bring the school district on line with computer ized The contract approved by CISD trustees now goes to Commissioners Court for approval Howev Clennan the deal hinges on if the county can get on line with the See Page 2 See Page 2 Volunteer firefighters from the Lake Dunlap Volun started about after workmen had been in teer Fire Department spent about an hour Monday the Three units from the Lake Dunlap VFD 11 night putting out a grass fire on West Zipp were called to the Photo by Car approximately of a mile from FM The fire ol Avery Board wants to fight for retirement plan Durbin jailed before murder CAD Comal Appraisal District is staying with a retirement plan the Texas attorney general said it couldnt in a recent opinion despite efforts Monday by a board member to bail out of the We need to stay in there and fight until we are sure that this is what the attorney general wants to board Chairman David said after the meeting He may not have realized the ramifications of his Board Secretary Neil who is also a Comal County commis to stay with system made a motion to scrap the retirement system as Attorney Gener al Jim Mattox said in his But the motion died for the lack of a Craigmile asked the Comal County attorney to request an opinion of the retirement system in October And in Mattoxs opinion July 6 he stated retirement system contracts between appraisal districts and private systems are not Mattox said the only acceptable plan was the one the County and District Retirement System I dont really think that he meant to what he the way he said said Vice Chairman James Hendricks after the A citizens group at the meeting encouraged the board to also drop the The appraisal district employees wanted the David Why cant we make our employees happy by putting them in the plan that they want to be in instead of trying to force them into something else that they dont want to be The opinion affects approximately 140 appraisal districts in Texas and other governmental entities that con tract with private retirement To say that theres liability of these board members whose going to sue us David asked about not fol lowing Mattoxs opinion immediate Is the county going to sue Are the citizens going to file suit against us Is the attorney general going to See Page 2 By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Hours before a Comal County man was killed Saturday morning he had been released from the Comal County jail on family violence authorities Jerry Lot Moun tain Oaks was arrested Friday after his wife filed a family violence report against him A warrant for Durbins arrest was issued He was arrested at the Circle K in said Comal County sher iffs office detective Richard The disturbance had taken place there and thats where he Hurricane weakens after hitting coast HIGH Texas AP Hurricane Chantal blew ashore toppling power lines and ripping roofs off buildings along the Gulf Coast before it was down graded to a tropical The threat of heavy rains and tornadoes continued in eastern Texas and parts of which were under a tornado watch until 5 Hundreds of people sought high ground as rising waters closed coastal and the Coast Guard searched the Gulf of Mexico for boaters reported in trouble off As of 11 the National Weather Service lifted hurricane warnings from Texas to Morgan The area remained under a tropical storm Chantal was centered about 25 miles northeast of mov ing northwest at about 12 The weather service at 9 reported a possible tornado over Galveston moving east tow ard the Bolivar Peninsula near Crystal Beach at The National Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City issued a tornado watch for central and southeast Texas and southwest and west central Louisiana and adjacent coastal waters from 11 until 5 The watch area covers 70 miles on either side of a line from 60 See Page 2 Council approves change in NBU deposit charges By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities soon may be able to charge two months deposit for electric and water service hook ups after City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance during Monday nights regular The amended ordinance will have to pass two more readings before it becomes a city NBU requested it be allowed to require two months deposit for the hookup of electric and water service with one months deposit due upon The rest of the deposit will be paid out over four months NBU General Manager Robert Sohn also recommended the utility company be allowed to hold the deposit for two years at which time it will be returned to the customer if that customer has only one late Sohn also said NBU will pay simple interest on the deposit at a rate established by the Public Utility Com This the PUC estab lished an interest rate of According to NBU would have saved almost in the past three quarters if they had the two month deposit The ratepayers have to make up the he Mayor Doug Miller The good customers are having to carry the NBU trustees arc also looking to change the formula used to determine sewer They recommended Council approve a formula which looks at the previous 11 months of billing and taking the lowest three months water A minimum resi dential charge of will be assessed for individual users with plus for each additional user being assessed for multiple users like apartments and These block rates will be added U a rate of for every gallons See Page 2 NB trustees to eye lawsuit settlement Extremists threaten to kill hostages unless cleric freed The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict will meet at in the Edu cation Center to discuss a possible set tlement of litigation between the school district and a According to Lonnie NBISD assistant superintendent for the problem began in 1979 when the school district hired the con tractor to put unit ventilators in one of the districts The ventilators were to be used for air conditioning and years the district found the ventilators could not be used for both and decided to sue the contractor for deceptive trade A jury heard testimony in district court last but Curtis said a set tlement has been NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry will present the proposed setdement before the board for its approval The district will also consider per sonnel appointments and resignations and hear the results of a survey of parents of primary school Lebanon AP ProIranian extremists said they would follow the purported hanging of Wil liam Higgins with the execution today of another hostage unless Israel frees a Shiite Moslem cleric it a caller claiming to represent the group that kidnapped Higgins said a British hostage would be killed today unless the cleric was The deadline for an ear lier telephoned threat against him passed this afternoon with no immediate word from the Israeli fighter jets swooped over strongholds of the Shiite fundamentalists in Lebanon at drawing gunfire from Hezbollah militiamen in the ancient town of police A police spokesman said no hits were scored and the planes did not attempt to bomb east Lebanons Bekaa val where more than Iranian Revolutionary Guards attached to Hezbollah are But the flights heightened fears of a largescale mili tary operation that Israel might mount to avenge the reported hanging of American hostage William the spokesman On the proIranian Shiite group that abducted Higgins released a videotape of a man they said was Hig gins dangling from a Higgins commanded a group of truce observers in south Lebanon when he was seized A second group of kidnappers later said American hos tage Joseph James Cicippio would be killed if the Moslem Sheik Abdul Karim was not freed by 6 p today Israel has refused to release Obeid but has said it would swap him and other Shiite Moslem prisoners for three Israeli soldiers and other foreigners held hostage in Authorities said after Durbin was released from jail after posting a bond early Saturday morning lie called his wifes The family filed a report of tele phone harassment against Durbin Saturday at 3 after he started call ing them at said Detective Dennis Once at his fatherinlaws house in the Canyon Hills Durbin sustained two bullet wounds one in the chest and one in his right He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 8 Satur day by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard See Page 2 Good day Rain cntots the forecast once again with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms for today and a 40 percent chance for tonight and Mostly cloudy skies arc predicted for the area with the high temperatures ranging from the low to mid 90s and lows in the mid Inside DEAR TV STommfiscfi Thursday is the deadline to sign up for the fall 1989 semester of the Philips College Nursing which is offered in affil iation with McKenna Memorial The vocational nursing program is under the supervision of Gary Stogsdill and classes are held at For additional call the hospital at extension Canyon High School Marching Band begins summer rehearsals this week at the band Fresh men and new band members met this morning and will meet through Thursday from 8 to The full band will meet Thursday at 6 and Friday from 8 to 7 and 10 are rehearsals for the full band from 8 to noon and 6 full band from 8 to noon 14 through rehearse daily from 8 to with a 6 rehearsal See 2
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