New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Suspect arrested in robberies at local motels
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
Only one of four suspected motel bandits has been arrested, but NBPD Detective Mario Guerrero said Tuesday he might find the other three by the end of the week.
Craig Mathis was placed on $50,000 bond by Peace Justice Harold Krueger Monday, and was still in
custody at the Comal County Jail at presstime Tuesday. He’s charged with robbery in connection with the May 22 motel room break-ins at The Hill Country Inn and the Gourmet Inn in New Braunfels.
Authorities are still looking for Kenneth Woodson, Kevin Hill and Albert Bonner Jr. Arrest warrants have been issued on these three men, in connection with the same robbery
On May 22, gunmen kicked in doors of one Gourmet Inn room and two Hill Country Inn rooms in New Braunfels “They knew which doors to kick in, because they listened to the air-conditioners. If the air-conditioners were on, they figured someone was m the room,” Guerrero said.
After the doors were kicked in, the gunmen screamed at the victims, told
them to cover their heads with the bed sheets, and robbed them Two of the victims were a Department of Public Safety patrolman and his wife. Authorities were later led to the trooper's gun, recovered at Hill’s residence The first break in the case, though, came Aug 3, when a resident of the Pecan Valley Apartments in San Antonio noticed two men loading
things into the trunk of a car Suspecting foul play, the man parked his own car to block the other vehicle and called police.
Forced to flee on foot, one suspect was captured, and erne got away Tile abandoned vehicle belonged to Mathis, who showed up at the police station on Aug 4 to ask about his car
Mathis was asked about the motel robberies, and led authorities to the
trooper’s gun He described Woodson, once an employee of the Faust Hotel, as the gang’s ringleader
Woodson is currently on IO years' probation for a robbery committed on July 2. 19C2 Hill is also on parole for two burglaries
* We think these guys were probably involved in similar motel robberies in Boerne, Johnson City, San Antonio and Kerrville,” Guerrero added
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Comal County soaked by heavy thundershowers
Wet was the word Monday, as thunderstorms dumped more than two inches of rain in Comal County and the surrounding area in roughly an hour.
George Kush, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Antonio, said New Braunfels got 1.83 inches Monday afternoon, while Gruene registered 2 48 inches Bulverde reported 86 of an inch, while Canyon I,ake recorded 2 18 inches.
Kush indicated that Seguin and an area near Fischer took the brunt of the storm. Some parts of Seguin got up to 3 inches, and 2 inches in 30 minutes was reported near Fischer," he added. "Most of the rainfall occurred within an hour Monday afternoon."
Even though city crews didn’t have to use any low-water crossing barricades, there was a flash flood warning in effect Monday “We issued the warning, because you just never know," Rush said “Things were wet around here to begin with, and we didn’t want any disasters
New Braunfels Utilities’ crews dealt with a little storm aftermath, with ll mdividual outages scattered throughout its service area "The outages were mostly on the north and northeast sides of town," Electrical Distribution Supt. Frank Panebianco said Tuesday. "Out of the U, 7 were caused by lightning, and four were related to tree problems like limbs falling on wires and knot king out fuses. ’’
The longest outage lasted about an hour, Panebianco added.
"Some of the delay on that one was location It would help so much, if when people do have utility trouble, they could recall if they heard a loud noise or saw lightning," Panebianco said. "Accurate information on the location of the trouble, especially in rural areas, sure helps cut down our response time."
More rain is in the forecast for Comal County, with a probability of thunderstorms, some locally heavy, at 60 percent this afternoon and 40 percent tonight
Heart attack kills man at lake
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A San Antonio man who was originally thought to have drowned in Canyon (.ake Sunday afternoon actually died of a heart attack
John Mackey, 48, collapsed after swimming off the shoreline at Canyon Park. Persons at the scene said Mackey ’* wife was floating on a rubber raft when she slipped off and he swam out to help her. She made it to shore, but Mackey called out he couldn't make it.
After assisting him to the shore, two people at the
scene administered cardiopulmonary resusc itation, but efforts to revive Mackey failed, said Park Hanger Judy Scott of the U S Army Corps of Engineers Canyon lake Headquarters An ambulance was called but he was "too far gone.” Scott explained.
Scott, who was not at the scene, said she received reports that Mackey was in the water only a very short tune, but was not breathing when he was brought to the shore Sheriff Deputy Steve Stapleton responded to the call
See LAKE. Page 14InsideToday's Weather
More rain is in the Comal County forecast, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. a 40 percent chance tonight, and a 50 percent chance Wednesday afternoon W inds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph today and Wednesday, but gust) in the vicinity of the thunderstorms Sunset will be at 8 17 p m . and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6 56 a rn.Wrecker Permits
Most of the local wrecker service operators seemed pleased with a revised ordinance which sets up a penult system for their operations. Not everyone was happy though, as City Council found out See Page 2A Typical First Day
All three high schools began football and volleyball workouts Munday with gratifying results Attitudes are good and expectations high according to the coaches See Page €Ashford Down and Out
Evelyn Ashford, the world record holder in the women’s 100-meter dash, crumpled to the track. grabbing her right hamstring and writhing in
pain She was the latest victim in a series of in
juries that have robbed the inaugural World Track arui Field Championships of some of its expected heroes and heroines Sa* Paga 7
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Essentially. City Council postponed doing anything about the parking problem until next summer The record shows the council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance prohibiting parking on one side of Liberty. Commerce, North and Garza streets But it was only the first reading The ordinance must be read at three council meetings before it becomes law, which puts the final reading on Sept. 12.
By that lune, the large summer crowds at the Schiitterbahn, luanda Resort. Bavarian Village and Prince Solms Park will have gone home Council came close to passing the ordinance on emergency reading. which would have made it effective immediately But Mayor O.A Stratemann Jr broke the tie on Barbara Tieken s motion making it 4-3 against the emergenc y ordinance I will entertain a motion to pass it on first reading.” the mayor added Max Winkler made that motion, and Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer seconded it Both men had voted with Tieken on the emergency ordinance. M-haeter some* net reluctantly The ordinance designates tow away tones on the east side of Liberty Avenue, and the south sides of Garza, Commerce and North streets The liberty zone extends from North to Torrey streets No-parking areas on the cross streets are from liberty to Union Avenue It’s already illegal to park on either side of liberty between San Antonio and North streets As written, the ordinance applies only cm weekends and holidays, and that only through I .abor Day So by the* time ifs passed, it will indeed be moot for the rest of this year And the council agreed the city should continue to look for more permanent solutions to the parking
See P IRKING, Page 14
Libyans dive-bombing key town, reports say
N’DJAMENA, Chad (AP. - Hie government says libyan warplanes shattered a two-day lull and dive-bombed the rebel-besieged outpost of Faya-Largeau, and Libya is threatening to down U.S surveillance planes sent to help Chad’s army Information M.nister Soumaila Mahamat said the Libyan planes raided the tow n 500 miles north at the capital N’Djamena rn three waves Monday afternoon, blasting residential huts in support at libyan-backed rebels ringing the town He gave no casualty report It was the first reported bombing since Saturday of Faya-lairgeau. a strategic desert oasis at 10,000 people in this destitute war-wracked former French colony. The fighting has become a focal point of confrontation between Libya and the United Slates Faya-l^rgeau has been under siege since the end of July, when President Hissene Habre’s forces chased out insurgents led by former President Goukouni Oueddei after the rebels started a new offensive Goukouni's men regrouped with Libyan air support and have repeatedly shelled and bombed the oasis to force the loyalists trapped there to surrender.
lib)a's government has denied active military involvement in the insurgency, despite witnesses’ accounts of Libyan bomb runs on Faya Largeau and Western intelligence reports that suggest a heavy libyan rote in the fighting
The U S State Department says 2.00b Libyan troops are with the rebels besieging Fay a-l^argeau In N’Djamena, Habre s men or. Monday paraded before Western diplomats and reporters a Libyan pilot they claimed was captured over the weekend when a Soviet-built Sukhoi fighter-bomber was downed near Iava-Iairgeau But the libyan news agency JANA claimed Habre s troops had seized the man two years ago
The pilot. Ma] Abdassalam
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Sharfadine, was handcuffed and guarded by soldiers with submachine guns as he told reporters he commanded a squadron ut Sukhoi-22s and flew at least three missions over Faya-1 argeau
He abo said his warplane was supplied with napalm and fragmentation bombs for use in the fighting
JANA reported from the Ubyan capital, Tripoli, that Col Muartimar Khadafy's gunners would shoot down two U S AWACS radar surveillance planes sent to the region "wherever they may be," if they "in any way have effect over Arab Libyan territories ’’ The dispatch did not elaborate
See CHAD, Page 14
City election has go-ahead
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
The big "maybe” has melted away. New Braunfels will hold its City Council election this Saturday, and with the blessing of the U.S. Department of Justice.
A Justice Department official told City Attorney John Chunn on Monday that the plan had been approved, and that a formal letter would follow. Chunn made the announcement to council Monday night, and the council decided to meet at 5:30 p.m. next Monday to canvass returns from Districts I and 2.
Jose Valdemar Espinoza and Norman Kraft are competing for the right to represent District I, which has a Hispanic population of approximately 63 percent. In District 2. which is approximately 71 percent Anglo and German, Betty I ahi
Hushing is trying to unseat Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer.
This will be the first time that New Braunfels has elected representatives from single-member districts. The new system, which was approved by local voters on April 2 and has been under Department of Justice review since April 20. sets up four such districts which will elect one council member apiece. Three other members will be elected at large by the entire population.
It was the method of electing those at-large members that prompted the Mexican American I>egal Defense and Education Fund (MALOFF I to file a complaint against New Braunfels' new plan MALOFF had agreed to support a 4-3 system, and felt that the four districts were drawn fairly. However,
See ELECTION, Page 14
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Pre-schoolers learn how to dress like clowns at the "clowning around” class taught at Mountain Valley School by Susie Battle Left. Battle paints Scott McClure above Atyssa Markham displays the finished product The class was sponsored by Community Education
Coup in Guatemala
General deposes Rios Montt; secret courts outlawed
GUATEMALA CITY iAPi -Guatemala's new ruler has abolished the secret military courts of ousted President Efrain Bios Montt. but vowed to wipe out leftist rebeb and end his predecessor’s born-again Christian influence rn this mostly Homan Catholic nation Gen Oscar Humberto Mejia Victors, the defense minister and a 35-vear military veteran, seized power Monday in a rapidly staged coup that ended Bios Montt’s 17-month-old regime after a brief but bloody shootout at the presidential palace Mejia Victores’ first act as
president was to sc rap the clandestine courts established by Bios Montt that had sentenced al least 15 people to death for leftist subversion The new ruler also vowed to end the "religious fanaticism" he said characterized the regime of Bios Montt, a general who was a minister in a California-based Protestant evangelist sect Bios Montt’s loy absis at the National Palace had held out briefly during a shootout that Mejia Victores said ended with one soldier killed and three wounded I Axal reporters said two soldiers were killed
The abolition of secret courts was part of a rune-point program signed by the nation s military commanders which largely echoed the goals of Bios Moult s rightist regime The most substantial difference between the ousted and new president appears to be their religion.
Mejia Victores, a 52-year-old Homan Catholic, promised to respect "the faith and traditions of the people of Guatemala’’ and to "keep out foreign influences that wound the feelings < of Guatemalans A joint statement by the commanders said "A fanatic and
aggressive religious group, taking advantage of the power of its highest members, have used and abused the government for their benefit, ignoring the fundamental principle of the separation of church and state Bios Montt had promoted evangelical Protestantism in Guatemala, which is about Du percent Catholic He had appointed two eiders from his Church of the Word as top aides
Mejia Victores said Bios Montt was "at the disposition" of the army but
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