New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sports, Pages 7-9AEnlarged heart killed San Antonio youth at Canyon Lake
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
An autopsy on the body of a San Antonio teenager found Friday in Canyon Lake revealed he did not drown, but died of an enlarged heart.
Michael Ramirez Jr., had been missing from Jacob’s Creek Park since Easter when Game Warden Neal Etheredge discovered his body floating there shortly before 6 a.m. Friday.
“He was face-down about 50 yards offshore at the first boat ramp in Jacob’s Creek Park,’’ Etheredge said. “What’s a mystery to me is why, if he wanted to take a swim, he did so with all his clothes on. He had shoes, but no socks, and he was still wearing his jeans, his shirt and even a jacket.”
However, a preliminary autopsy report from Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo indicated the 15-year-old did not die in the water.
“Dr. Bayardo said there was no water in his lungs or his stomach,” Peace Justice
Harold “Curly” Smith, who ordered the autopsy, said Saturday. “He must have fallen into the water somehow after the heart attack.”
Smith theorized Ramirez could have been walking along the bank or sitting on the boat dock, suffered the seizure and then fell in the water.
“I really can’t say what happened, but he was floating about 50 feet from the bank where his friends said they saw him last,” Smith added.
Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator
Dennis Koepp said Ramirez and his friends were drinking beer at their campsite before his disappearance about 3 a.m. Easter Sunday. They also said Ramirez told them he wanted to swim across the lake while they were camping there.
The teenager played football at McCollum High School and was considered a strong swimmer.
“Dr. Bayardo said a person could have an enlarged heart and never know it, except for having chest pains now and then,” Smith said. “But it can kill, and when it does, it
happens in an instant.”
Smith said it would take several weeks to receive results from toxicology tests to determine any presence of alcohol or drugs in Ramirez’ body at the time of his death.
Ramirez was the second confirmed drowning in Canyon Lake waters this year. The first was a 52-year-old San Antonio woman, whose body was found by fishermen on Jan. 26 about 15 feet from the banks of Comal Park. Her death was ruled a suicide by Peace Justice Fred Stewart.
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Comal County accountants, residents try to beat deadline
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
With federalincome tax deadline Monday, Comal County procrastinators will make their annual mad dash to the post office and hope to get there by 6 p.m.
“That is the last time you can get the April 15 postmark here,” Postmaster Kenneth Rheinlander said.
However, if the deadline here is
missed, the Main Post Office in San Antonio on Perrin-Beitel stays open all night, and as long as the envelope drops into the chute by midnight, it will have an April 15 postmark on it.
Accounting firms around town that handle tax returns have noticed an increase in customers this year, and at least one firm had an enlightened way of handling the last minute rush.
“We are closing this afternoon (Friday), and we won’t be back until
Wednesday. Nothing happens good on April 15, so we just close up shop. We have a stack of requests for extension where people can come by and pick them up, but we are out of town,” Rick Reed, CPA with Reed and Co., said.“A lot of mistakes are made in those last minute slapdash returns, so we avoid the whole problem.”
Some believe the increase in people coming to have their taxes done is
partly due to the increase in population.
But the more complicated way that some itemized statements have to be done add to those numbers. People who usually prepared their own returns without a tax preparer or accounting firm have neded help this year.
“We are getting people we have See TAXES, Page IZASpaced outElectrical failure
Education board OKs funds for Texas teacher testing
AUSTIN (AP) - The State Board of Education approved spending $4-7 million Saturday to test the reading and writing ability of Texas teachers, but its members balked at proposals to take the test themselves.
‘‘I can’t see what we have to gain by taking the test,” said Houston attorney Volly Bastine of a board committee’s motion that the members take the “basic skills” test to be given the state’s 210,000 school teachers and administrators beforeJune IMI.
“I honestly don’t know if I could
pass the test,” Bastine told reporters later. “Some of these teachers’ tests I might not be able to pass. The board’s function is to set policy and planning.”
Board chairman Jon Brumley of Fort Worth said the recommendation of the board’s Committee on Personnel would be brought up again at the May meeting.
The board also voted to hire William N. Kirby as the state commissioner of education, turning back job applications from five prominent out-of-state educators chosen as
finalists by a selection committee.
Kirby, 45, a 20-year-veteran of the Texas Education Agency staff, takes the 6106,000-a-year job after serving as acting commissioner since October, when Raymon Bynum resigned.
“Public education in Texas has gained tremendous momentum since the legislative reform took effect last fall,” Brumley said, “and the board believes that momentum will best continue under the direction of Dr. Kirby.”
Vet wants to work with humane society
By DANA STELL Staff writar A veterinarian who said he has been trying to work with the local humane society for years plans to try again next month.
“We want the public to know that we are working with them (the board of the directors of the humane society),” Dr. Michael Doherty, aSee VET, Page UA
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (API -An electrical failure turned a multimillion-dollar satellite into a useless derelict Saturday after it was deployed from the cargo bay of the shuttle Discovery, and NASA debated having an astronaut go out and rescue it.
“If we determine that it is safe, we may attempt to have an EVA (extra vehicular activity),” said Marvin Mixon, a vice president of Hughes Communications, which was to have operated the satellite.
The Astronaut, ruling un the end of the shuttle’s robot arm, would have to grab and pull out a four-inch lever to turn on the power of the 7,900-pound satellite, which is revolving twice a minute. The satellite’s spin makes it impractical to use arm alone to pull the lever, said Steven Dorfman, Hughes president.
“It can only be performed on specific orbits, two orbits a day, and it has to be performed in a 10-minute window,” Mixon said. “I don’t say it's going to be a snap.”
After the lever is pulled, the shuttle would rocket away as quickly as possible to avoid any danger from the satellite, which has thousands of pounds of fuel aboard.
“The evasive maneuver may not be practical in the time frame we are talking about,” said Mixon.
Pulling the lever would duplicate the normal action of that handle when the satellite is ejected from the cargo bay. The lever begins a series of actions that cause power to flow to
the mid-70s, with lows dropping to the mid-50s. Saturday’s high was 77 and the low was 59.
various systems in the satellite, activate its rocket, and send it towards stationary' orbit 22,300 miles above Earth.
‘ This EVA is by no means a certainty,” said Mixon. “We have to be certain it s practical and also safe." The earliest time for the space walk would be Tuesday, and that in turn would mean an extension of the flight, which is scheduled to end on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the shuttle was flying in formation 40 miles from the Syncom, bul even at that distance its bottom was turned toward the satellite to avoid any possible blast damage.
Four different task forces were assessing options for the satellite, which is insured for $80 million to $85 million.
NASA said one option that has been ruled out is to try to bring the satellite back into the cargo bay. There are no tools aboard for that.
"We are in the process of planning a rendezvous with the satellite,” Mixon said, but Mission Control emphasized that even that decision won’t be made until at least on Sunday.
Most of the conversation with the ground was by commander Karol Bobko.
The others aboard the shuttle are Sen. Jake Gam of Utah, Donald Williams, the pilot; mission specialist David Griggs, and two payload specialists, Charles D. Walker and Gam.
Ram has a way of making everything look a little bit different reflected in almost every raindrop New Braunfels was hit by
Besides looking wet, the bandstand on the Main Plaza is rain late Saturday afternoon.
Comal River .........26® eta (down 4)
Canyon inflow.........461 eta (down 411
Canyon Dam outflow 847 eta (Mm#)
Edward* Aquifer ........ 624 96 (up 03)
Canyon Lek* level .... 903 34 (down 09)Today's Weather
There’s a 30 percent chance of showers this morning, with skies becoming partly cloudy this afternoon. Warm temperatures and partly-cloudy skies are expected through Tuesday. Highs will be in