New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 137, No. 115
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 21, 1989
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Executing a search warrant at a New Braunfels residence Thursday afternoon, Comal County sheriffs office authorities arrested two men and confiscated heroin, cash, a handgun and a scanner.
Stephen Kozak, 38, and Pasqual Facaundo Rodriguez, 33, both of 1875 Michigan St., were arrested at their residence and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The men remain in the Comal County jail today and wait for bond to be set by Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger.
“They were in the back yard working on a privacy fence” when the search warrant was executed at 2:10 p.m., said Detective Sgt. Dennis Koepp, Comal County sheriff’s office.
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Jacobs setting up for long weekend
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
He said he needs a vacation — and a working, tax consolidation weekend it’s turning out to be.
Precinct 4 Comal County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs Jr. said he’s going to take a camping trip to the U.S. Post Office on Seguin Street starting Saturday afternoon.
But, the post office has a few questions about that trip.
New Braunfels Postmaster Brent Moland told Jacobs this morning he couldn’t move his recreational vehicle onto federal property.
Jacobs said he’s going to seek I,(XX) signatures at the post office for a petition to call an election to consolidate collection of property taxes on the county level.
He said he is staying until he reaches the I ,(XX) mark or his birthday rolls around on April 29.
‘Our game plan is to press on and get as many signatures as we can,” Jacobs said.
“There’s an 8-foot easement in front of the property that’s city property,” Moland said.
Jacobs said his contingency plan is to check with the Borchcrs law firm to possibly set up his recreational vehicle at that law office, located on Seguin Street, “in the event I get run off from public property.”
When Jacobs and Precinct 3 Commissioner Neil Craig-milc started the drive to collect more than 3,(XX) signatures to call for an election, Jacobs said, “If we don’t have our 3,(XX) signatures by the 15th of the month, then I become a precinct walker and I will walk and walk until we have the numbers that we need to place this thing before the voters.”
They have 30 days from April I to collect the needed signatures.
County to eye
Comal County sheriffs officers confiscated cash, a handgun and a
scanner in a raid Thursday. Two men were arrested at their home during the raid. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Investigators searching for clues in ship explosion
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigators aboard the USS Iowa searched for clues to the cause of a fiery explosion that claimed the lives of 47 sailors as the damaged battleship headed home and grief-stricken families dealt with the loss of their loved ones.
Officials refused to speculate publicly on what caused the worst disaster to strike a Navy ship in more than a decade, a blast that ripped through the Iowa’s No. 2 gun turret during naval exercises Wednesday in the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico.
Although naval gunnery experts combed the vessel Thursday, their task was complicated by the absence of survivors from the swiveling gun housing where the
explosion occurred. Eleven men escaped from powder magazines located deep within the ship at the base of the turret.
“We have no eyewitnesses to what actually transpired,” Defense Secretary Dick Cheney told reporters as he returned to Washington from a NATO meeting in Brussels.
The Navy imposed a moratorium on firing 16-inch guns found on the Iowa and its three sister battleships, the New Jersey, the Wisconsin and the Missouri, pending an investigation of the disaster.
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Bexar County inmates needing witness protection could find comfort soon in the Comal County jail as they wait for trials if an interlocal agreement between the two counties is approved.
“We took a (Comal County jail) contract and drafted our contract, which is more specific,” said George Hernandez of the chief civil section of Bexar County District Attorney’s office. “It deals only with prisoners where we secure an order in the district attorney’s office to hold somebody in protective custody.”
Bexar County commissioners approved the contract Wednesday and sent their version back to Comal County for final approval. Commissioners agreed to pay Comal County $40 a day to house their inmates.
“You want to make sure if you have a key witness in a capital murder case
that you protect with added precautions,” Hernandez said.
Comal County commissioners approved an interlocal jail contract Feb. 27, which gives Sheriff Jack Bremer the authority to house prisoners from other counties. The Comal County jail has a 147-inmate capacity.
“We have 111 state prisoners in our county jail in Bexar County that should be at TDC (Texas Department of Corrections),” Hernandez said. “But TDC has no room. They have backed them up into our new jail. Our new jail is overcrowded despite our best efforts.
“The 111 state prisoners is an awful lot — I figure we’ll have I,(XX) by mid-summer,” he said.
If there was more room in the Bexar County Jail, special wings with
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Contractor repairing firm's collapsed roof
Business is as usual at Krueger Chevrolet, Inc. this week despite the blocked entrance to the service department and a collapsed roof.
“lf the wall were to go ahead and collapse out in to the street we didn’t want anybody driving by or walking by without some sort of notification that it’s unsafe,” said Wesley Meyer, New Braunfels Fire Department.
Academy Street, adjacent to the car lot, was blocked off Friday after the roof started caving in and remains blocked today.
Jack Krueger, owner of Krueger Chevrolet, Inc., 386 W. San Antonio St., said contractors have already started replacing the roof and a portion of the wall in the maintenance arca. “It’s just one comer that’s blocked off.”
Rain water accumulated on the roof last week and
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Academy Street remains blocked after the collap se of the roof at Krueger Chevrolet, Inc.
Senators seek border help
Books have been stacking up for weeks at the office of the Joyce Henderson Business Services in preparation for Saturday’s book sale sponsored by the American Association of University Women. The sale, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church’s activity center, 181 S. Santa Clara, will offer paperbacks and hardbacks in fiction, non-fiction, mystery, self-help and many other topics. Proceeds from the annual sale benefit the AAUW scholarships which are awarded to mature women returning to school. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three grisly, drug-related mass slayings along the U.S.-Mexico border during the past month, including the cult killings of at least 15 people near Mata-moros, Mexico, exhibit the dire need for federal agents and dollars in the Southwest, border-state senators said.
The group of senators want national drug czar William J. Bennett to declare the U.S.-Mexico border a “high-intensity drug trafficking area.” They say the recent slayings are a “brutal reminder that drug cartels Itave expanded and moved West.” Such a designation would allow the temporary reassignment of federal personnel to the region and would
funnel assistance to state and local agencies.
“Law enforcement officials in Arizona and Texas who have been involved in the (murder) investigations say the situation is reminiscent of south Florida in the late ’70s and early ’80s,” according to the letter Thursday from the border-state senators.
The letter is signed by Sens. Lloyd Bentscn, D-Texas, Phil Gramm, R-Texas, Pele Wilson, R-Calif., Alan Cranston, D-Calif., Dennis DcCon-cini, D-Ariz., John McCain, R-Ariz., Pete Domenici, R-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.
The eight senators argue the
2,(XX)-mile stretch of border qualifies as a center of illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation and distribution, a prerequisite to receiving the emergency drug designation.
They point to the fact that Mexico is the primary producer of marijuana and heroin entering the United States, that California is one of the largest domestic producers of marijuana, and that California, New Mexico and Texas are three of the largest U.S. producers of methamphetamine.
The Border Patrol has seized more cocaine and marijuana in the first six months of fiscal 1989 than in all of
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Skies will be partly cloudy today but there is a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms in the area. The high will reach 87 degrees followed by an overnight low of 65 degrees. Morning fog will be followed by partly cloudy conditions on Saturday and Sunday. The highs will be near 90 degrees and the lows will be near 70 degrees.
Canyon High School junior girls will face the senior girls tonight in a Powder Puff Game to benefit the CHS Project Graduation. The game starts at 8 p.m. at Cougar Stadium and tickets arc $1.50 in advance or $2 at the gate. Project Graduation also is selling tamales and will take orders April 24-26. for the tamales to be delivered April 27. A dozen tamales will cost $3.50....
Youngsters from all over South Texas will participate Saturday in the 4-H Saddle Slappers’ open horse show at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena. The show will start at 8 a.m. and will last all day long. There is no admission charge. The day will include English events, hailer events, western-judged events, speed events and games, and competing youngsters are expected from all over Texas, including Del Rio and Corpus Christi....
The bells arc gonna be ringing tomorrow afternoon during the New Braunfels Arca Handbell Festival in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church,
572 W. San Antonio. The festival is sponsored by Area IX of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers and includes five handbell choirs — First United Methodist, First Baptist Church,
First Protestant, and Si. Paul Lutheran, all of New Braunfels, along with First United Methodist Church of San Marcos.
The concert portion of the festival will be free and open to the public. Each bell choir will perform selections invidually and the concert will conclude with a massed ringing presentation. It ought to be quite impressive....
Join in the fun when spies attempt to steal Professor Thinkat-ron’s “machine mankind has been wailing for” in the Texas Opera Theater’s “The Music Theatre
Sa* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2Senate OKs penalties for unscrupulous lawyers
AUSTIN (AP) — When the roof of a three-story department store collapsed in Brownsville last summer, attorneys swarmed to the site like “a horde of locust.” On Thursday, the Senate approved a bill that would stiffen penalties. gee page gAuditions are Sunday for youth company
Changes are happening at Circle Arts Theatre. Its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, is undergoing a remodeling job in structure and operation. Auditions for the troupe will be Sunday beginning at 2 p.m. in the theatre.
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ARLINGTON, tx 76006in the batter’s box
So far this baseball season, it’s been better than a 50-50 chance that New Braunfels’ Rico Herrera will produce a base hit every time he steps to the plate. The Unicom third baseman has been driving opposing pitchers crazy and driving home his teammates.
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