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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas PEC overcharged attorney says By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer A Texas Public Utilities Com mission lawyer has accused Pedernales Electric Cooperative of overcharging its customers million in PUC Attorney Mark Zeppa filed a petition of which will prompt hearings over whether the money should be Zeppa said Pedernales thwarted the intent of state law by using the money to postpone the need to come before the Commission for a rate thus avoiding PUC billing Pedernales officials denied The Pedernales Electric Coop PEC serves a 9county area in Central including the Canyon Lake area and much of Comal Pedernales rate tariff was set in 1975 when the PUC was but billing practices allowed under a grandfather clause continue today because a rate review has never taken the petition Ronna PUC information said in a telephone interview the commission cant force a coop to submit to a rate but if it finds overcharges it can order a Preliminary hearings may be scheduled next she Pedernales general manager Bennie Fuelberg could not be reached for but in published reports last week he denied PEC was overcharging quoted in the Austin called the petition a classic case of harassment and said attorney Zeppa had a personal vendetta against Pedernales because of its involvement with the Texland Electric Pedernales President Walter Burnett who is also the Hays County Judge and Texland President was quoted in the San Marcos Daily Record as saying Zeppa was engaging in a hatchet Zeppa was unavailable for com ment but Martin said the statements were not fair or Zeppa has been sharply critical of the Texland which Peder nales is supporting in an attempt to secure a different source of elec tricity from its current the Lower Colorado River Texland is competing with the LCRA for permission from PUC to build a lignitefired power plant near The authority wants to add to its existing generating units at Fayetteville and fought the Texland A recommendation by a PUC hearings examiner is due in Sep but meanwhile relations between the LCRA and its two largest customers that formed the Pedernales and Bluebonnet Electric have been severely The co ops sued the authority over their sales Pedernales doesnt check its estimates of monthly LCRA fuel costs against actual costs in order to refund or collect the as required by Martin New Braunfels like estimates the fuel cost monthly and charges it as a separate part of every customers But unlike Utilities calculates a refund or a deduction based on the actual fuel costs from the month before and applies that to the Were continually readjusting it every Were getting pretty close in our estimates we can usually guess it within to plus or Utilities manager Bob Sohn a cityowned doesnt have to stick by PUC rules See Page 16A Inside Parental survival Some parents see raising their children as a struggle which requires constant A more productive definition focuses on not on mere See the finale of How to Survive as a Page DEAR PUBLIC 68A New Braunfels New Texas 1982 50 cents 155 68 Pages4 Sections USPS 377880 Conflicting reports heard on PLO talks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Lebanese officials expressed cautious optimism Saturday that the PLO would begin evacuating west Beirut in a few but sources close to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin dismissed the latest withdrawal proposals as who asked not to be said the reports Israel has received about tfre negotiations in Beirut indicate that it will not be the plan Lebanese Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan is talking about is to get several hundred terrorists out of Beirut and then have a French force between them and Then the PLO would not have to and this would prevent Israel from putting pressure on That would be a wonderful plan for allowing the PLO to but this is the opposite of what we are trying to one source Jerusalem conveyed to both Washington and Paris its opposition to the deployment of foreign troops in Beirut before all the guerrillas pulled the Israels state radio The Israeli reaction tossed cold water on hopes expressed by Lebanese leaders that the negotiations to end the siege of Beirut by evacuating the Palestine Liberation Organization fighters were about to It also contrasted with optimistic Israeli statements issued earlier A Foreign Ministry Yossi had said that while Israel did not have anything concrete or there had been movement by the PLO during the thanks to military pressure applied by Israel launched a 15minute artillery barrage on west Beirut as the sun set but apart from there was little fighting The Israelis reported one soldier wounded when his patrol vehicle hit a mine near south of The Israelis also maintained their 2 weekold blockade on water and fuel supplies to west Beiruts estimated but allowed a fivetruck convoy carrying tons of milk and seven tons of medical including into the guerrillaheld the International Red Cross spokesman in west Jean Jacques said if there is one more day of heavy shelling and bombing there will not be a single bed in any hospital in west Beirut for wounded In Tel about antiwar protesters staged a peaceful march Saturday and called on Begin to with draw Israeli troops from the state television Israel Television also reported that several members of a group called Citizens Against the War began a hunger strike Saturday opposite Begins office in Wazzan said in a nationally televised statement after meeting with presidential envoy Philip I am cautiously optimistic that the guerrilla evacuation will begin within a few We have to be cautious when we achieve progress lest this collides with an arrogant position by the in keeping with past said nothing to I have conveyed to Habib the PLOs answers to requested I hope they are the He is completely satisfied with the positive Wazzan He did not spell out the clarifications that had been sought or the PLO chairman Yasser Arafat was quoted by the proPalestinian Voice of Arab Lebanon radio station as saying the PLO has agreed to begin the evacuation early this week and has already con veyed this decision to Lousy year for thanks to FBI agents Staff photo by Cindy Richardson After six Lavetta Wallace has Kathrine laughing at American Cambodian baby winds up under local teachers roof By DYANIME FRY Staff writer Almond hung somewhere around knee peer mysteriously through the slats of the fulllength As visitors approach the front the shutters part to reveal a blackhaired toddler in a red Hi she waving The accent is colloquial Texan not bad for a girl born nearly two years ago in a Thai refugee She probably has 50 or 60 and un derstands a great deal said Lavetta Wallace of New She can say ice Lac an orphaned Cambodian came into Wallaces life six months It now looks as if shell be staying Right were just waiting for the per manent guardianship said the New Braunfels woman last Shes given the child an American Kathrine and says shell probably go through with a formal adoption sooner or Her plans are still a little fuzzy at you could say Wallace has found the proverbial baby in a basket on her For an unmarried schoolteacher in her thats quite an This wasnt one of the plans for my ad mitted bouncing Kathrine on one It all started four summers when she read a magazine article about the Vietnamese boat You know how it you read about things life say thats too then you go about your said who teaches fourth and fifth grade at Carl Schurz Thats not the way it happened this Wallace had heard of Vietnamese families making it to the United with fathers and brothers doing the advance She got to wondering what happened to women who got out she wrote World Relief in to find World Relief which now has an office in Texas told her there werent too many single women coining but there were a Wallace ended up providing temporary housing for two ChineseCambodian Chen Ly and Pob Pheng I dont know why they dont have the same but it makes perfect sense to Wallace The sisters lived with her from October to See Page 16A NEW YORK AP The mob is under the Mafia dons are being sent to jail in record while syndicate underlings are killing each other in unrelenting warfare over the criminal spoils of Atlantic City a trusted compadre of the Bonanno crime family has unmasked himself in court as an undercover FBI recounting conversations about mob family rivalries and other goings on during his fiveyear Agent Joseph Pistones disclosures last week came just days after two gunmen tried to kill the son of a slain crime boss in where nearly 20 mob figures have been assassinated since Prosecutors say Pistones puton was the FBIs deepest infiltration of La Cosa Nostra to and before a gag order was FBI officials said it reflected the bureaus dedication to putting unrelentingly pressure on the kingpins of organized Internal FBI documents show 1982 will be a banner year in the agencys war against the nations 25 traditional syndicate families and their estimated made One hundred sixtyfive mob members or their close associates were convicted in the first six months of fiscal 1982 of crimes including labor infiltration of legitimate narcotics and according to FBI That com pared with 82 convictions in all fiscal An internal FBI report states that as a result of recent the majority of the bosses and hierarchy of the major crime families across the United States were indicted andor Among those convicted were the reputed bosses for Kansas New New northeastern and two of the five family leaders in New York Were continuing to direct our efforts on the people who are in FBI Deputy Assistant Director Floyd Clarke said in an Were very satisified with the progress that were but we still have an awful lot of work ahead of As part of its expanded Clarke said the bureau plans to make wider use of civil forfeiture provisions of the racketeering which permit the government to seize property gained as a result of illegal Clarke said bosses indicted or convicted since last year include Carlos of the New Orleans convicted in the Brilab scandal and of conspiracy to bribe a federal Santo Trafficante Floridas boss of indicted in a labor union kickback Raymond of the New England still fighting on health reasons a labor racketeering charge in the Trafficante case and allegations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that he ordered rivals Russell Buf of the northeastern Pennsylvania convicted of civil rights violations and of influencing a federal Nick of Kansas indicted separately on bribery then with the entire local hierarchy following a five year casino skimming probe in Las Chicago and Kansas Vandals may be behind leaks in two city wells Vandalism of city water fluoridation equipment is suspected in at least one the chemical spills discovereo at two equipment sites July New Braunfels Utilities general manager Bobtiohn said and replacement of gallons of hydroflosilicic acid that from storage tanks into the buildings that housed them will delay fluoridation at least six Fluoridation was scheduled to begin after a referendum here approved the project by a 15vote Damage to the holding tank at the citys Waiter Weli in a ravine off Highway 46 at the bottom of the Balcones Escarp could haye been caused by a lot of Sohn A hole was found on the un derside of the anil Sohn said it was but still that daily inspections of the equipment failed to turn up signs of a defect or But a damaged outlet flange surrounding a pipe at Well at the edge of Landa Park Golf could have been made by a Sohn I cant help but teUeve the only way it could have been caused was by being tampered he The made of steel and fastened to an outlet pipe with bolts and a was separated Sec HA ;