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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Area 4 lo HJCnrm, ''0''S I - HlTr/Ij lf'* "V22''®5 P.O.' _^lUs:'\^36, Garden policies on hold 2'6& Water Watch Coma! River.......... 254    cfs    (down 4) Canyon inflow........195    cfs    (down 3) Canyon outflow ........ 350    cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer  624.52 (down .09) Canyon Lake level .... 909.10 (down .05) Austin water Texas woes increase Page 2A New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 94-No. 156* Thursday August 8,1985 25 Cents 18 Pages -2 Sections Texas fishing report^Page^A^^^j Practice, practice Jogger's body found From staff and wire reports SEGUIN — The battered body of an 11-year-old Glendale. Anz., girl, believed to have been hurled into the Guadalupe River when she was struck by a pickup truck, was pulled from the river by divers around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Divers found the body of Leah Calhoun tangled in the roots of cypress trees, authorities said. She is believed to have been killed instantly when she and her 15-year-old sister were struck about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday as they jogged along the Texas 123 bypass. Justice of the Peace Walter Bargfrede, who pronounced the girl dead at the scene, has ordered an autopsy He said it appeared death was caused by impact but i won t really know for sure until after the examination.” The autops> was scheduled for Thursday morning. Rachelle Calhoun, who was with her sister was in Sequin visiting relatives, was in guarded condition at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after undergoing abdominal surgery Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said they will wait for autopsy results on I^ah before deciding if charges will be filed against the 17-year-old driver from Seguin. The charge under consideration is criminally negligent homicide, a misdemeanor, Department of Public Safety Trooper Bill Gilliam said. “We speculate that he fell asleep at the wheel,” Gilliam told the San Antonio Light, adding that the drivel told investigators he knew he had hit something, but didn t know he had struck the girls until he turned back. Methodist Hospital spokesman Nestor Reyes said Rachelle did not require a blood transfusion even though a state district judge issued a court order giving doctors permission for such a transfusion. The girl’s father had refused to grant permission for the transfusion because he is a Jehovah s Witness. Members of the faith believe the Bible prohibits blood transfusions. State District Judge John Cornyn said he signed the order Tuesday because Methodist Hospital officials contended the girl might die if she did not receive extra blood during surgery. Cornyn said the girl’s father, who was not identified, gave permission for the operation, but refused to agree to the blood transfusion. See JOGGER, Page 10A Autumn Hills case to move to San Antonio GAI VESTON t AP» A judge has refused to dismiss murder charges against a Houston-based nursing home corporation and said he will move the tnal from tlus island city to San Antonio, 245 miles away. *utumn Hills Convalescent Centers Inc., its president and four current or former employees are charged with murder by neglect in the 1978 deaths of two eldeilv patients at the firm’s Texas City facility. During six weeks of pre-trial hearings. Autumn Hills attorneys argued the murder indictments should dismissed because prosecutors leaked secret grand jur> evidence to reporters State District Judge Don Morgan on Wednesday denied the request, one of 39 defense motions he review ed Morgan also said he will sign the order, probably next week, moving the trial from Galveston to the federal courthouse in San Antonio. An Autumn Hills attorney asked Morgan to move the trial out of Galveston, citing extensive publicity surrounding the case. Prosecutors did not oppose the change of venue request Morgan said the trial, scheduled to begin Sept 9, will be conducted in a federal courtroom because Bexar County courtrooms are unavailable for lengthy trials Lawyers have said the trial could last up to tour months. A Galveston County grand jury in November returned eight indictments, accusing Autumn Hills of murdei by See AL TI MN HILLS. Pa < IDA CISD bonds go on sale IDA IviCW'llU pct ITH Practice makes perfect Misty Hancock, Smithville area's Junior Miss contestant, practices her flute for the talent competition for the Junior Miss Scholarship competition. Thirty six girls are in town for the List* x ae VV ALOT    D-Zf    (TUNG contest, which will wrap up with a new Junior Miss being named Saturday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Delta solicitation investigated DALLAS (API - The Dallas County district attorney’s office and the State Bar of Texas are investigating die involvement of attorney Melvin Beilis firm with families of Delta Air Lines crash victims, according to published reports Prosecutors and bar officials began the investigation after a complaint from an attorney representing Delta, the Dallas Junes Herald reported today Beili s San Francisco law finn set up shop at a local hotel two days after Delta Flight 191 crashed Friday night at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, leaving 133 people dead Belli’s son, attorney Caesar Belli, denied he or another attorney with the firm had done anything wrong. “We don’t need to go out and stir up litigation,” said Caesar Belli. We don’t contact people; they contact us." I .an y Fitzgerald, a spokesman for the state bar, said the bar's Dallas office had contacted Austin officials about some allegations against Belli. United States Aviation Underwriters Inc., which represents Delta’s insurers, has denied allegations that it is trying to persuade victims’ families to agree to immediate settlements instead of hiring lawyers and suing. Both sides say they are working on behalf of Hie victims Both sides have been criticized for hurting the victims. See DELTA, Page 10A By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Five bidders wanted to sell $19.96 million in Comal ISO bonds today, but Prudential-Bache Securities & Associates has gotten the nod. CISD trustees accepted Prudential’s bid of an 8 9<by percent effective tax rate over four other bidders at a special meeting Wednesday night. The bonds, scheduled to be repaid from 1988 to >006, were set to go on sale this morning. The $19.96 million issue w as passed by t ISD patrons on May 18 by almost a three-to-one margin. Proceeds from the bond sale are to be used to build a new Smithson Valley High School and a new Canyon Middle School, as well as renovations at all other CISD campuses. CISD Business Manager Abel Campos said the difference between Prudential’s bid and the second lowest bid represented a savings of about $20,000 to the district in interest costs. “We received real good interest rates, t ampos adm ti “Because we basically estimated what wed sell them bonds at, I don’t expect any major revisions to our budget.”    ,    .. Floyd Westerman, OSD's financial advisor, said, “Everybody who’s anybody” bidded on the Comal issue. The bonds are rated “Aaa” by Moody’s Investors Service of New York, and are guaranteed by the State of I e\as Permanent School Fund. Bob Lawton with the Municipal Bond Center said prior publicity also made the interest rates more attractive on ClSD’s bond issue. Three-fourths of the bonds were committed to before the bid was awarded, and that allowed investors to bid lower interest rates, Lawion said. I hat resulted in a terrific benefit to the CISD taxpayers.’ Other members of the Prudential-Bache Securities account were: Merrill Lynch Capital Markets, L F. Hutton, Dean Witter Reynolds, Drexel Burnham 1am-Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, The Northern Trust bort, See CISD, Page WA Inside Today's weather Hot, clear weather is to continue through today and tomorrow with temperatures reaching Hie upper-90s and dropping to the mid-70s overnight. Southeasterly winds from 5 to IO mph will continue. Wednesday’s high was 99 degrees and this morning’s low was 7& degrees. Sunset will be at 8:18 p.m. with sunrise at 6.55 a.m. Employee honored Loretta Henk, switchboard operator at McKenna Memorial Hospital, has been recognized as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter. See Page 1B. CANYON LAKE 3B CLASSIFIED 4 7B COMICS 8B CROSSWORD SA DEAR ABBY IB DEATHS 2A KALEIDOSCOPE IB HOROSCOPE_ 4B OPINIONS 4A OUTDOORS__ _SA SCRAPBOOK 2B SPORTS 7-8A STOCKS 10A WEATHER 2A Final decision may come Monday Utilities bonds headed for City Council .    a-    .    **I    umnt    ti! By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities trustees put their dust mops to work Wednesday night, and sent a $4.78 million bond issue to City Council for prompt consideration. However, the question of whether the bond issue will go to the public or be approved by notice of intent by codicil was not ironed out at Wednesday night’s workshop between the two groups and City Manager Joe Michie. That answer should come at the Aug. 12 Qty Council meeting. The $4.78 million issue represented the first phase of Utilities Manager Bob Sohn’s original $28 million proposal last May. Sohn trimmed that down to $18.1 million by deferring almost $9 million in water, sewer and waste water projects. But the $18.1 million proposal gathered dust at City Hall until it was finally swept under the rug by Utilities trustees in June. “These bond projects need to be I Joe Michie, City Manager weighed by facts, not emotion," Trustee Amo Becker said back in June before making his motion to delay the bond request “until some future date.” That date arrived Wednesday night, when Sohn presented the original $26 million proposal broken down into four phases. Hie first phase would be $4.78 in 1985-86, followed by $8-86 million in 1908-87, $4 63 million in 1987-88, and $8.49 million in 1988-90 “We’ve got the same lyrics to a different tune,” Sohn    said "We’ve phased some projects with engineering only scheduled for 198546. But ifs basically the same schedule, with the exception of some we wanted to start two months ago ” If Council were to authorize the $4.78 million Monday    night, councilmember James    Good- bread said that would not predicate approval of the whole $26.8 million. “I don’t want to lull anyone to sleep" with that idea, he added. See UTILITIES, Page 10A Bob Sohn, Utilities Manager ;