New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section I Thursday, April 20,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years I Home of ANDREA SCHMIDT
■ Vol. 143, No. 116hislcte—I Terror bomb strikes Oklahoma City
Birthday wishes from Ilia Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Andrea Schmidt and Jaime Sotello.
Sesquicentennial events set for Saturday
Saturday will feature more events in honor of New Braunfels' Sesquicentennial than any other day this year. Here is the rundown of Saturday's events.
ORPHANS ON THE GUADALUPE—Circle Arts Theatre will present the heritage drama “Orphans on the Guadalupe" at the theatre in Landa Park. Shows at 3 p.m. on April 22 & 23.
BARBECUE LUNCH IN LANDA PARK—A huge barbecue lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park following the parade.
WURST COOK-OFF—BBQ cook-off abd tasting on the Wurstfest grounds along the Comal River in Landa Park at 1:00 p.m.
ENTERTAINMENT IN THE PARK—A variety of musical entertainment and games will take place during the afternoon in Landa Park. The schedule is as follows:
Wurstfest grounds, Market Platz:
11:30-12:30—'Village Brass Band
12:30-1:30— 49th Armored Band
1:30-2:30—1Village Brass Band Wurstfest Grounds, River Stage:
12:00-12:45—Saengfest 1:00-2:00—Alpenfest 2:00-3:00—Stadt Cappeller 3:00-4:00—Alpenfest 4:00-5:00—Community Band 5:00-6:00—The Seven Dutchmen
6:00-7:00—Alpenfest Roaming Entertainment: Mariachis Cardenas 2:30—Raddle Boat Races on the Lake (NBHS, CHS, SVH) Dance Slab on Landa Lake: 12:30-1:30—New Braunfels High School Band 1:30-2:00—Canyon High School Band 2:00-4:00—Cross Country Band 4:00-7:00—Quarter Moon Band 7:00-8:00—Street Organ from Germany 8:00-9:30—San Antonio Youth Orchestra (will play through fireworks)
Area 10—Tejano Entertainment: 12:00-12:30—Mariachis Cardenas - Echo de Mexico 12:30-2:00—Pura Vida 2:00-3:00—Ballet Folklorico 3:00-7:00—Rio Band Playground—Children's Section:
Commander KO and Ace Armadillo, Horseshoes, Maypole, Musical Chairs, Yo-Yo Competition, The Stick and Ring Game, Facepainting, Sack Races, Make
MAJOR FIREWORKS DISPLAY—A huge fireworks display will take place over Landa Lake in Landa Park at dusk.
WURST DANCE—Starting at 8:00 p.m., outdoor entertainment on the Wurstfest grounds along the Comal River in Landa Park. Dance in the evening in the Wursthalle following the fireworks.
The winning numbers
5,11, 16, 27, 30,46
$4 million jackpotTwo hundred still missing as rescuers search rubble for survivors
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) —With ' 200 people missing, rescuers armed with tiny cameras and listening devices probed for survivors today in a bombed-out federal building while police hunted for the terrorists who caused the devastation.
Hundreds of rescue workers were operating at an excruciatingly slow pace, picking brick by brick in hopes of finding survivors without loosing material that could further injure people inside or destroy evidence that could lead to the killers.
The confirmed death toll from Wednesday morning’s explosion rose to 36, assistant fire chief Jon Hansen said today. At least 12 of those were children, Dr. Carl Spengler, who performed the initial triage, said today.
Authorities said the total was sure to rise. About 200 employees working at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building were unaccounted for. A total of 432 people were treated for injuries, and 72 of them were serious enough to require hospitalization.
Wednesday afternoon an emotional President Bill Clinton vowed to bring the killers to justice, calling them "evil cowards." He and Attorney General Janet Reno outlined a massive federal effort to catch the bombers and aid the rescue effort.
A 56-member urban search and rescue unit from Phoenix worked with fiber-optic cameras and acoustic listening devices in hopes of detecting someone breathing in the rubble. Workers also brought in a large steel 1-beam to shore up the middle of the building.
The search lasted through the night, aided by backhoes, cranes and four giant spotlights that illuminated the cables and other debris, dangling from the pancaked floors of the building like tangled streamers.
“The hope tonight is that we’ll find some more survivors,’’ Gov. Frank Keating said at the scene late Wednesday. “The hope tomorrow is we’ll find some more survivors. After that, we hope to find out who’s responsible.’’ More than 150 FBI agents were helping police search for the terrorists today. Suspicion centered on a
‘I came out from under the desk and there just wasn’t any building left around me. Our whole office area is gone.’
— An unidentified survivor
Chevrolet Cavalier the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said it found in Oklahoma City. “Follow-up interviews” were being conducted after the car was found early today, the Patrol said.
The El Paso Times had reported that Texas authorities had been searching for “two men of Middle Eastern appearance,” possibly wearing bloodied clothing, driving a Cavalier or Blazer toward the Mexico border.
Police Sgt. Kim Hughes said today that authorities believe the 1,000-to-1,200-pound bomb was carried in a National Car Rental minivan with Texas license plates.
But White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta said today that it was too early to point the finger at specific suspects.
“Obviously there are some characteristics here that are being looked at, but at this point, frankly, we really don’t have any definitive info as to who the suspects would be,” Panetta said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show.
The death toll was Certain to go higher than the current official count. At one emergency center, a medical worker told KWTV that only two of 80 people found in one search of the building had survived.
At mid-aftemoon, more than 40 federal workers were unaccounted for, according to spokesmen for their agencies. About 20 children also were missing. Of 40 children in a day-care center in the building, only two were alive, one in surgery and one in intensive care. The dead ranged from I to 7 years old, and some were burned beyond recognition.
Mayor Ron Norick said the car bomb left a crater 8 feet deep.
The explosion heightened fears of terrorism around the country. Federal buildings in seven cities were evacuated because of bomb threats, and the Clinton administration ordered tightened security at federal buildings throughout the country..
The blast, similar to the terrorist car bombing that rocked New York’s World Trade Center and killed six people two years ago, happened just after 9 a.m., when most of the more than 500 federal workers were in their offices. The aftermath bore eerie resem-
‘Obviously no amateur did this. Whoever did this was an animal.’
—Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating
blance to the car bombings at the U.S. embassy in Lebanon in the 1983.
“It was like Beirut; everything was burning and flattened,” said Dr. Carl Spengler, who arrived about five minutes after the blast.
“It’s just body after body after body in there,” one rescue worker said. Rescuers formed a human chain 30-yards long going from what appeared to be the back door.
•“Obviously, no amateur did this,” Gov. Frank Keating said. “Whoever did this was an animal.”
The explosion could be felt miles away. Black smoke streamed across the skyline, and glass, bricks and other debris were spread over IO blocks.
The building has a day-care center as well as a variety of federal offices. Some children were injured at another day care center nearby.
Carole Lawton, 62, a secretary in the department of Housing and Urban Development, said she was sitting at her desk on the seventh floor when “all of a sudden the windows blew in. It got real dark and the ceiling just started coming down.” She then heard “the roar of the whole building cram-
Bomb scares cause evacuation of other federal buildings
BOSTON (AP) — The downtown federal buildings here and in Fort Worth were evacuated today after a devastating explosion in Oklahoma City.
Boston authorities had received complaints that offices had been tampered with, authorities said. Nearby Boston City Hall also was evacuated.
In Fort Worth, federal workers were evacuated as a security precaution. Officials declined to elaborate.
“In response to the Oklahoma event, we’re saying ‘Let’s be cautious here,’ ” said Bob Dunfey, regional administrator for the General Services Administration, which oversees federal offices
He said Internal Revenue Service employees reported “certain doors and things” that should have been locked were found open at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building in Boston.
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald1 said there was a bomb threat after the evacuation, but there was no confirmation.
Shortly after noon, a bomb threat was received at City Hall and it also was evacuated, said Robert Winson, a section fire chief.
About 200 federal building employees stood across the street as firefighters and police entered the building.
She managed to crawl down some stairs and was not injured.
Another worker who would not give his name told KFOR-TV: “I came out from under the desk and there just wasn’t any building left around me. Our whole office area is gone.”
Jon Hansen, deputy fire chief, said at early afternoon that there were still people alive in the debris. “It’s very emotional inside there right now,” he said. “I’ve seen firefighters coming out with tears in their eyes, very frustrated they can’t get in there sooner.” He said workers tried to reassure the trapped workers that “we’re doing everything within the good Lord’s power to reach them and get to them.”
Besides the local offices of the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Secret Service, the building houses such agencies as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Housing and Urban Development, a federal employee credit union, a day-care center and military recruiting offices.
The explosion occurred on the second anniversary of the fiery, fatal ending of the federal siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
That siege began with a raid by ATF agents on Feb. 28, 1993.
Oklahoma City FBI spokesman Dan Vogel said he wouldn’t speculate if there was a connection. The FBI is not housed in the building downtown but is in an office complex about five miles away. Dick DeGuerin, who represented Davidian leader David Koresh, said any such link was just speculation.
At the scene, floors caved in from top to bottom of the building. The north side of the building was gone. Burning dcbns and burning cars lined streets.
People frantically searched for loved ones, including parents whose children were in the daycare center Downtown business stopped as other buildings were evacuated.
“I thought we were dead," said Ginny Gnlley, office manager for Trammel Crow Co. She was on the 30th floor of City Place several blocks away. “I’ve never heard anything that loud.”
She said she could see "a lot of damage all over” to nearby buildings.
“It was just terrifying," she said. “When you look up and see most of that building gone and cars destroyed and people hurt... it was just terrible.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Early morning fire
Bulverde/Spring Branch fire and rescue workers were sent to put out a fire at 5026 Kenilworth Road, about two miles north of Smithson Valley High School, at about 2:40 a.m. Thursday. The fire destroyed a large workshop behind the home. No one teas injured.
No alcohol found in blood of former city councilman involved in fatal crash
Heratd-Zeifung photo by MICAHEL DARNALL
Two injured in wreck
Brenton Thompson, of Austin, was driving north on Interstate 35 near Kohlenberg Road when he lost control of his car and spun into the outside lane wall at about 10:30 a.m. He and his passenger were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The tests came up negative on the blood samples taken from former City Councilman Dan Bremer after the accident which took the life of Smithson Valley High School teacher Annette M. Hanley.
“All blood counts were negative,”
New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack said.
Bremer could still be charged in the incident. Wommack will submit a written report to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s
office, he said. This is standard procedure in all fatal motor vehicle accidents. Whether or not any charges will be filed is up to the Guadalupe County DA
The wreck happened at 5 p.m. Friday, March IO on Highway 46 near Clear Springs restaurant. A pickup truck driven by Bremer skidded across the center line and struck Hanley’s car.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144