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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas IRS plans extra help for late filing of returns The annual IRS “Taxes Roundup” is under way with approximately half of all expected tax returns still to be filed. IRS announced this week that extra hcip will be available for taxpayers. See Page 3 //K^t BHB n Democrats preparing for Wright ethics battle WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are girding for a bruising battle over the ethics case of their speaker, Jim Wright of Texas, and acknowledging that the worst may be yet to come. See Page 5 SO-WEST MTCFOPUBLISHING 2201 BROOKED!,1 .OW PUZ RUHE 300 ARLINGTON, TX 7600* iracK, tennis still on As of press time today, the only local sporting event affected by the weather is tonight’s Smithson Vallcy-Hays baseball game. Both the district tennis tournament here in New Braunfels and the district track meet in Boerne are preceding.    See    Page    8 New Braunfels j£l Couple files lawsuit against city, police Courthouse cover up By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer A Canyon Lake couple filed suit against the City of New Braunfels and the New Braunfels Police Department this week alleging their constitutional rights were violated. Carl and Margaret Clayton are suing for damages and injuries after an incident which they said occurred the afternoon of Dec. 30 at the HEB grocery store parking lot on West San Antonio Street. “The city will be filing a written response to the lawsuit in the next couple of weeks,” said City Attorney Barry Moore today. The suit states the Claytons were heading toward their car in the parking lot, after grocery shopping, when they noticed another car parked in a no-parking zone, close to the driver’s side of their vehicle. “This car was parked so close that Mr. Clayton could not maneuver his wheelchair up to his car door,” the suit states. The Claytons notified the store manager, who attempted to locate die owner. When that failed, the police department was called to assist. Upon arrival, New Braunfels police officer Pete Villareal said “because they were on private property there wasn’t anything he could do,” the suit stated, adding the car’s owner then came out and Mr. Clayton wheeled toward the person. “At this point, without warning officer Villareal walked up behind Mr. Clayton grabbed his shoulder and twisted him around abruptly stopping the rotating wheelchair with his leg,” the suit states. “In addition to physi-See LAWSUIT, Page 2 NEU bearing scars of hydro plant fight A battle over the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant between Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority and a group of Canyon Lake citizens continues to rage pending action by the Public Utility Commission while New Braunfels Utilities bears the battle scars. The skirmish centers on interconnection and interconnection facilities — the point where energy enters transmission facilities — at the plant. The facilities arc owned by Pcdemales Electric Cooperative. An agreement between the cooperative, NBU, Lower Colorado River Authority, and Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority allows the use of the transmission facilities. A 12-mile transmission line was originally included in the project, but was eliminated because the use of the cooperative’s line near the plant was more feasible. Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority contends interconnection facilities arc on federal land and therefore arc governed by the Federal Regulatory Commission. The authority was granted a license by regulatory commission for the parts of the facility which are on federal land. Canyon Lake Arca Citizens Association, which filed a complaint against GBRA regarding the Canyon Dam project in Comal County, is of the opinion the license is illegal. The Public Utility Commission issued its first order of remand in the case in March 1988 requiring the See UTILITY, Page 2 The limestone of the Comal County Courthouse is soaking wet today after a week of pretty rainy weather, which was appreciated by the gardens and the underground aquifer. But the skies should start to clear up today and just in time, too, because the District 28-4A Tennis Tournament is scheduled for today and Saturday in New Braunfels and the District 28-4A Track Meet is today in Boerne. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Judge sentences man to IO years A Houston mull was sentenced to IO years Texas Department of Corrections and fined $5,000 Thursday for possession of a controlled substance. District 207th Judge Robert Pfeuffcr sentenced Charles Harding Messenger, 29, to TDC and 180 days shock after he was charged in July with possession of a controlled substance. Messenger was arrested with Tracy Lee Spicss, 25, Fischer, who was sentenced to IO years TDC March 30 by Judge Pfcuffer. “We didn’t recover any equipment that’s necessary to cook the mcdiam-phclamines,” said detective Rudy Rubio after their arrest. “We got over 200 grams of mcthaniphetmaines and over 400 grams of amphetamines.” Wholesale prices ease up WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices, despite a big jump in home heating oil costs, rose a moderate 0.4 percent in March as inflation cased somewhat after steep increases of I percent in each of the previous two months, the government said today. The boost in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index reflected higher costs for both food and energy, although the increases in both categories were smaller than those registered in the first two months of the year. The overall gain was generally in line with or a little under analysts' expectations and was likely to help calm Wall Street’s inflation fears. While March’s increase was much more restrained than the strong jumps of the previous two months, wholesale prices one stop short of retail have risen at a compound annual rate of 10.2 percent over the past three months. That is the largest quarterly increase since prices rose at a compound annual rate of 13.2 percent during the first three months of 1981. Should the first quarter’s rate be sustained for the rest of the year, it would far exceed the increase registered for 1988, when wholesale prices rose 4 percent in what was the steepest gain in seven years. Prices had risen 2.2 percent in 1987. Financial markets had been fearful that further bad news on the inflation front would prompt the Federal Reserve Board to step up its campaign to slow economic growth and restrain inflationary pressures by pushing up interest rates. See PRICES, Page 2 Friday April 14, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages Good day A good chance of showers and thunderstorms dominates the forecast for today and Saturday morning. By late Saturday, die sun is expected to break through, but a chance of rain continues through the weekend. Today’s high will be 64 degrees and the overnight low will be 54 degrees. On Saturday, the high will be 78 with a low of 57. The high Sunday will reach 81 with the low of 61. Inside: CLASSIFIED.............................9-14 COMICS.........................................6 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................5 ENTERTAINMENT.........................7 HOROSCOPE................................6 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................4 SPORTS......................................8-9 TV LISTINGS.................................6 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch lf all this rain and messy weather has really messed up your vehicle, the 4-H Exchange Club can help you out. The club is sponsoring a “pledge car wash” Saturday at Hoffmann Floors on Loop 337. The free car wash is sponsored by donations from arca businesses and individuals as a fund-raising project of the club, an organization of 4-H’ers who host oilier out-of-town clubs. The local group is trying to raise money to go to Macon, Ga., this summer after hosting the Georgia 4-H’crs here last summer. Members have pledged to wash HK) cars. To pledge donations, call 625-7140.... The Comal Unit of the American Cancer Society raised $5,800 from its recent Behind Closed Doors Tour of Homes. The event featured six area residences and a luncheon. More than 4(X) tickets were sold and more than 200 lunches w'cre served. “I think it was a great success,” said Kyra Brandt, chairman of the tour. “We’d like to have another one next year. We just have to get another chairman. I think it was something of interest for people to sec different parts of New Braunfels.” April is Cancer Awareness Month and a big focus is on nutrition. The Comal Unit of the American Cancer Society is seek-' ing board members and interested persons should contact Claire Smith at 625-9111.... The local Eagles Club is joining See STAMMTISCH, Page 2 Club helping turn lives around By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Alcohol and drug abuse was leading a New Braunfels woman on a path to suicide. Now her life has changed because of programs and the fellowship at die 24 Hour Club which is approaching its l()di year anniversary. Help groups such Al Anon, Alateen, Alatot and Adult Children of Alcoholics meet at the 24 Hour Club, which has relocated to 1142 Eikel, all times of the day and night to give support. “I knew that if I didn’t go (to AA) I wouldn’t live,” she said. She, along with other local alcoholics, are turning their lives around with support from each other. Members of the group talked to the Herald-Zeilung recently to share their feelings of alcoholism and its effect on family, jobs, and friends. “Alcoholics come from every strata of society,” said a man sitting in the back of die room. “We arc a diverse group, it would seem. Most of us are your next door neighbor.” Alcoholics Anonymous does help, he said. “The whole thing is like chicken soup — it might help, bul it won’t hurt." In more than a year, 68 men and women have indicated a desire to stop drinking by attending die New Braunfels Group of AA meetings for at least amondi at die 24-Hour Club. Twenty-one of the 68 haven’t consumed alco holic beverages for at least one year; 32 are working on their first year of sobriety. Status isn’t known of the 15 other people. “Our principal purpose is to maintain our sobriety and help others achieve sobriety," one man said. AA is “often called the last house on the block.” The club, which is self-supporting, has been a beacon of hope for alcoholics and drug abusers for IO years. Members celebrate their 10th anniversary in June. The club offers a sanctuary, one member said. “It’s a place to come to get out of the outside pace and slow down.” Club policy is established by a board of directors consisting of three recovering alcoholic members and three non-member civic leaders of New Braunfels. Persons who come to the 24 Hour Club said they wouldn’t be alive without the support groups. “When you’re an alcoholic, death seems to be an attractive alternative to how you are living,” one recovering alcoholic said. “All we feel is our own pain," a woman said. “Somewhere along the line someone says, ‘Have you gone to AA?’." Only the alcoholic can admit there is an abuse problem. See CLUB, Page 2 Group calculates Tax Freedom Day WASHINGTON (AP) — Once the Monday deadline for filing 1988 federal income-tax returns passes, the average worker still will have to toil an additional 17 days before having earned what government tax collectors will demand for 1989. “Tax Freedom Day” arrives this year on May 4. It has not been later since the Tax Foundation began calculating this measure of the burden imposed on workers by federal, state and local governments. It was Feb. 13 in 1930. By the foundation’s calculations, the average worker will work 124 days this year just to pay taxes. So, if the government demanded its money up front, it would take all of the average worker’s income through May 4. That is the same as the last two years — in fact, it is the same as in 1981, when Congress and President Reagan agreed on the biggest tax cut in the nation’s history. “Americans ... are not better off than they were in 1981, despite economic growth, cuts in income tax rates and repeated claims that government spending has been cut to the bone,” the foundation said Thursday in announcing Tax Freedom Day. The reasons: 13 federal tax increases enacted since 1981; the giant 1986 tax overhaul, which, to millions of taxpayers, took away more than it gave; Social Security taxes that have been growing more rapidly than the economy, and steady state and local tax increases caused in part by a reduction in federal aid. lf you prefer worrying about your Se* TAXES, Peg* 2 Negotiators reach budget compromise WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush and congressional leaders announced today a nearly $30 billion deficit-reduction plan that Bush said would be “a first, manageable step’ ’ toward stemming the tide of red ink. lite agreement, thrashed out in more than a month of talks that concluded late Thursday night, minimally meets next year’s goal of reducing the deficit to $100 billion, while putting off the tough choices until later. It allows die president to claim he won’t violate his campaign pledge against new taxes, and he agreed lo lower his defense spending plans so that Congress could avert a squeeze on popular domestic programs. “Tile budget agreement docs not complete the whole deficit-reduction job ... but I am convinced that we will only be able to complete that job if we tackle it in manageable steps on an orderly basis in a constructive bipartisan spirit,” Bush said. “And this is a first manageable step.” “This is not an heroic agreement,” said House Speaker Jim Wright, D-Tcxas. ‘‘Lf we begin with the assumption that there can be no significant major increase in revenue, this agreement is about as good as we could do.” ‘‘No one should be deluded into thinking that this is the end of die process,” said Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Mainc. “Much sterner measures will be required in the future.” Bush and the House and Senate leadership scaled the deal in a morning meeting in the Cabinet Room, and then announced it at a Rose Garden ceremony. The plan claims to reduce the fiscal 1990 deficit to about $99.2 billion, meeting the goal of the Granun-Rudrnan law of a deficit no larger than $100 billion in the year beginning Oct. I. The current year’s deficit will be about $163 billion, according to administration estimates. About half of die deficit reduction, $14.2 billion, would come from a combination of increased revenues including $5.8 billion in taxes, $2.7 billion in fees for gov- 8** BUDGET, Pag* 2 ;