New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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273It's officialCISD calls $19.6 million bond issue May 18
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal ISD patrons will get the chance to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” $19,600,000 in facilities improvements in a May 18 bond issue election.
Trustees set the date and the doar amount at Monday night’s board meeting. The unanimous vote to call the election was taken before boardmembers Tom Potter, Clay “Spud” George and Lee Ikels were sworn into their newly-elected positions.
The $19 million proposal includes a new middle school to replace Canyon Middle School, and a new high school for the Smithson Valley area. The present SVHS will become a middle school for Mountain
Valley and Bulverde students, while Bulverde Middle School will be converted into an elementary campus for grades 3-5, and the present Bulverde Elementary campus will become Bulverde Primary for kindergarten through second grade.
Architect Mike McChesney said the new high school accounted for $8,959,925 of the total bond package. Other addition and-or renovation costs were listed as: Canyon High School,$2,399,912; Smithson Valley Junior High, $706,420; Bulverde Elementary (now BMS), $654,150; Bulverde Primary(now BES), $295,114; Mountain Valley Elementary, $496,944; Goodwin Primary, $631,245; Frazier Elementary,
See CISD, Page *Local Ranger says he's sure Lucas killed woman in 1981
Texas Ranger Ray Martinez has no doubt Henry Lee Lucas killed an unidentified Latin woman in 1981 near Northcliffe, despite recent controversy over the validity of Lucas’ 600 confessions.
“I’m not worried, ancfl’m still convinced he did it,” Martinez said Monday.
Lucas confessed to the 1981 Interstate killing last April when he directed Martinez and Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche to within 50 feet of where the body was found. He also told them the time of day she was murdered, and where and how many times he shot her.
“He said they were driving a Oldsmobile station wagon cut down to look like an El Camino, and that there was a mattress and motor oil in the back,” Martinez said in April of 1984. “The woman had motor oil on her legs when we found her, and we couldn’t figure out how it got
The motor oil correlation is still convincing, Martinez said. “Stop and think about it. How many murder victims do you find with motor oil on their legs and feet?”
Lucas has confessed to as many as 600 slayings throughout the United States and five other countries. A story in Sunday’s Dallas Times-Herald quoted Lucas as saying his confessions were a hoax “to show law enforcement doesn’t do its job,” and that he had only killed three women, including his mother in 1960.
But Clemmie Schroeder, one of Lucas’ closest friends, said today that Lucas told her he was lying about his involvement in only three killings.
Lucas was sentenced to die by lethal injection by a
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Vol. 94-No. 75
April 16,1985 25 Cents
Astronauts work to save satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP) -Working with great speed, two spacewalkers floated into Discovery’s open cargo bay today and attached to the shuttle's robot arm crude “flyswatter” tools designed to save an $80 million communications satellite.
“Job well done,” Mission Control commended them.
The unrehearsed work by astronauts David Gnggs and Jeffrey Hoffman was the first step in a hastily arranged but well-thought-out plan to try to rescue the Syncom satellite.
Early Wednesday, Discovery’s crew will close the 40-mile gap with the satellite, move in and try to snag a four-inch lever on the side of the huge rotating payload with holes cut in the plastic flap-like ends of the tools, which look like large flyswatters.
The lever is an on-off switch for electrical power, and was supposed to have tripped outward automatically when the astronauts deployed Syncom on Saturday. Without power, the satellite is useless.
Working in cumbersome $2.1 million spacesuits, Gnggs and Hoffman had trouble at first as their
“Not a bad view, eh?” Hoffman remarked. “It looks different when you don't have a window frame around it.”
tools, straps and other gear kept floating away at the end of tethers. After about 40 minutes they were well-adjusted to their outside environment and within 90 minutes they had completed strapping the tools to the arm Mission Control had estimated the task would take more than two hours They even took time to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of sun, sky. Earth and stars that surrounded them.
“Not a bad view, eh?” Hoffman remarked. “It looks different when you don’t have a window frame around it.”
The tools were crafted out of pieces of plastic, a window shade, tubing and other items scavenged from Discovery's cabin.
The rescue exercise has extended the mission from five to seven days, with landing now set for Friday at the
Kennedy Space Center. It gives Sen. Jake Gam of Utah, who is flying as a congressional observer, extra time to see how the National Aeronautics and Space Administration responds to difficult situations.
The innovative thinking that developed the “flyswatter" has helped astronauts convert bad situations into good on many missions.
“We will once again have demonstrated the flexibility of the manned system, whether we succeed or not in this,” said flight director Randy Stone.
Hoffman and Griggs were selected for the spacewalk because they had trained in case an emergency sent them into the cargo bay to stow or aristow the robot arm and open or close a satellite sun shield, which were considered the most likely contingencies.
The astronauts were instructed to cut three rectangular holes out of two plastic covers of their flight files to create ladder-like flexible flaps. One version was attached to a cone made of rolled plastic, another was affixed to the aluminum ribbing of a window shade.
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Gunman robs Rodeway Inn
Composite of suspect
Police are still looking for an aggravated robbery suspect who took an undetermined amount of cash from the cashier at the Rodeway Inn on Interstate 35 Sunday morning.
Detective Mario Guerrero said the suspect is described as a Latin male between 30 and 34 years old, weighing 150 pounds with curly hair, a medium build and dark eyes. The weapon used was an unknown caliber blue steel revolver, and the suspect was wearing a red-black flannel hunting shirt over a black T-shirt, blue jeans and black combat boots during the robbery.
The hotel clerk told police the man entered the lobby about ll a.m. Sunday and threw a bag across the front counter. He then opened his shirt, revealing the handgun tucked inside his pants, and told her to fill
the bag with the hotel’s daily receipts.
She followed his instructions, and the suspect left the building with the money headed in an easterly direction. The clerk said she was unable to observe whether the suspects got into a car, but police were advised of a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.
Guerrero said the vehicle was possibly an older model four-door American-made sedan, medium blue in color.
The clerk also told police the same suspect was at the hotel, asking about room prices a couple of hours before the robbery.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 625-7181.
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City budget requests $1 million too highInside
By DANA STELL Staff writer
City department heads are asking for equipment and employees, but insist their requests are not trivial wish-li8ts.
At a Monday night workshop, City Council listened to department heads outline the proposed 1985-86 budgets.
“They did a good Job of putting together realistic requests,” said Qty Manager Joe Michie. “This was not a Santa Claus list.”
Moat of the department heads asked either to hire new employees or to upgrade part-time workers to full-time. And many proposed budgets showed slight increases,
while two — the public works and non-departmental budgets actually suggested decreases.
Michie will present information about projected revenues at the next council meeting. “I will be working on next, the revenue projections and a tax rate, then I will put together a budget (by July I),” he said.
“In looking at the revenues, I don’t see them being a great deal increased over what they are this year.”
Michie said the budget as proposed by department heads is about a million dollars over what will be brought in next year. “We need to go
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Tempertures are expected to reach 90 today and drop to the low-90s tonight. Tomorrow should also be sunny and hot. ANortheasterly wind will stay around IO mile per hour today. Monday’s high was IO, and this morning’s low was 54. Sunset will be at 0:58 p.m. and sinriss will ha at0:03 a.m.
One of the casualties floats in the Guadalupe River
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Poisoned pigeons crash-land at boat launch
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Over 200 dead and dying pigeons fell out of the sky near the public boat ramp on the Guadalupe River under IH 35 Sunday.
“The pigeons did not die fast. People were upset, trying to save them. It was awful,” Ann Hacknet. an employee at New Braunfels RV Park .said The pigeons appear to be the victims of an eradication program by Bug-A-Meister Pest Control, which was hired by Ditthnger Mills.
“We entered into a contract with Bug-A-Meister April 3,” Jack Hew, plant manager, said. “We have to maintain certain clean standards set down by the Food k Drug Administration. When you have this many birds feeding around here, the chances of droppings getting in the grain is very high.”
Brad Herbelin, owner of Bug-A-Meister, said his company put out 60 pounds a day of regular corn in the prebaiting program to attract as many birds to the area as possible.
“When you have this many birds feeding, it was over 2,000 some days, you really don’t know exactly because the flock is constantly changing and moving. But we mixed the corn 18 to one regular to poison. We aim at a 12 percent death rate,” Herbelin explained.
People have confused the dead pigeons with a similar contract with the county to remove birds from the Courthouse. However, only around 300 birds roost or nest around the Courthouse and that
project ended at least a week ago.
“We do not enjoy killing birds, lf there was any other way to do this we would use it,” Herbelin said.
He also mentioned that every company that they contract with is offered another solution: sterilization of the birds. However, this approach takes longer and costs more. So far, no businesses or governmental entities that have contracted with Bug-A-Meister have taken this option.
Some people at the boat ramp Sunday thought that poison corn was around that area, but Bug-A-Meister denied setting out any corn there. Also other observers said all the corn there was regurgitated by the pigeons.
An employee and the owner of New Braunfels RV Park both said in separate interviews that they had seen pigeons vomiting corn.
“When we came off the river around 1:30 p.m. all these birds were falling out of the air, some on the ground were throwing up corn in piles,” Hackney said.
Most of the corn was whole. She picked up 50 birds around the grounds and the corn they left.
“We have pets and we were afraid they might try to eat it,” Hackney said.
“A lot of stray cats started hanging around, attracted by the dead birds,” Pearl Stephens, the owner said.
“Also I was worried about all the little kids around here.
Herbelin said that if an animal ate the poison
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SWT professor found deadHaglmr- Hearns
Monday’s Thomas Hearns-Marvin Hag Ie r fight lived up to all its billing, and Hagler came out of it with a technical knockout and his title intact. Sports. Page 6. CLASSIFIED 9-12
The death of David Carl Yates, 45, of New Braunfels, was ruled a suicide Monday by Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo. The cause of death was listed as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Around 11:30 a.m. Monday, Yates’ body was found slumped over the steering wheel of his 1984 Dodge truck, which was parked off FM 1863 near the Manor Smith property.
Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche said the truck’s motor was running, and a lightweight vinyl hose inside the passenger side window was still connected to the exhaust pipe when Deputy David Taylor arrived on the scene.
Yates was pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m. by Peace Justice R.G. “Doc” Blanchard.
However, Kroesche said results
from toxicology tests to detect any alcohol or drugs in Yates’ body won’t be available for several weeks.
Yates was an assistant professor at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, and a father of three. He was born on July IO, 1939 in West Virginia, and married Jo Ann Kudeika on June 1,1960.
He was a 21-year resident of New Braunfels, and the publisher of Cedar Rock, a quarterly literary magazine. He was also a member of Sigma Delta Chi, and Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
Funeral services will be at IO a.m. Wednesday at Sts. Peter and Paul, followed by burial in the church cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 7 tonight at Zoeller Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Mn. Jo
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