New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hem Bray tile Is. Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 158
WEDNESDAY August 10, 1983 25 cents
30 Pages — 3 Sections
(USPS 377 883
Police probe link to murder
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Three men arrested for motel robberies in New Braunfels are also suspects in the murder of a Garland man in the doorway of his motel room rn Corpus Christi June 15, a Corpus Christi police lieutenant said Wednesday.
LL Rodney Hohle, head of that city’s robbery and homicide division, said two of his sergeants, ITB Alvarado and Eddie Garza, should be arriving in San Antonio Wednesday afternoon to investigate the Corpus Christi connection.
“I am reasonably sure they'll come back with enough to file our case,’* Hohle said We're looking at these guys in connection with the (Gabriel) Gengler homicide and one other motel robbery here, and there’s a good indication they're involved.”
Kevin Hill and Albert Bonner Jr., both of San Antonio, gave themselves up Tuesday afternoon within an hour of each other Hill surrendered to city
detectives, and Bonner to sheriff’s officers.
Four arrest warrants were issued by Comal County Peace Justice Harold Krueger for HUI, Bonner, Craig Mathis and Kenneth Woodson. Mathis was arrested Monday, and along with Hill and Bonner, remain in custody at the Comal County Jail under $50,000 bond each.
Reports indicate authorities in Houston are now looking for Woodson, who may have fled to relatives in that area
The four warrants are in connection with the May 22 motel robberies of one Gourmet Inn room and two Hill Country Inn rooms in New Braunfels. Gunmen kicked in the doors, told their victims to cover their heads with blankets and robbed them Two of the victims were a Department of Public Safety patrolman and his wife. The trooper's gun. stolen in that robbery, was recovered after Mathis' arrest
"They knew which doors to kick in.
See POLICE, Page IZACity gets 75 absentee votes
City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi has 75 absentee votes for Saturday’s City Council election, and a stack of mailed ballots still out She can't send out any more, but Sarkozi will continue accepting mailcd-m ballots until the polls close at 7 pm Saturday.
Map of districts, Page2A
Twenty-two of the early voters came from District I, where Norman Kraft is running against Jose Valdemar Espinoza. Nine of those ballots came in the mail, and most of those still out were mailed to District I residents.
District 2 votes so far total 53; 50 cast in person and three by mail In this district, incumbent Gerald Schaefer is opposed bv Betty lam Rushing
This is half the town If you would double that, ifs really a pretty good turnout," .Sarkozi noted Residents of District 3 and 4 won't be voting on Saturday ; they will elect their representatives in April I<*85InsideToday's Womthor
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Has the oasis fallen?
Rebels say Chadian troops overrun in Faya-Largeau
EDITOR’S NOTE - Parts of the
following dispatch were subjected to Chad
NUJ AMEN A, Chad *AP. - The government said 5.001* libyans arui insurgents launched a major attack on Faya-i.argeaii today, and the rebels f laime** they overran the strategic northern oasis defended by the bulk of Chad s army.
Announcement of the attack by infantry. libyan tanks, artillery and warplanes came three hours after the arrival of an advance unit of 30 French paratroopers urgently requested by President Hissene Habre to help his forces fight the insurgents
Information Minister Soumaiia Mahamat told a news conference the libyans and rebels advanced in two columns, from north and west, on Faya-lairgeauatT 30a rn 14 30a m EDT).
He said the backbone of the Uby anconei landed pincer movement on the oasis
comprised 2.000 libyan regular troops ‘Our latest information is that the
government garrison is holding its own. ' he said
But in Paris, a spokesman for the rebels claimed Faya-Largeau had been completely overrun by the attackers The
spokesman for the Ubyan-backed Chad Government of NaUvM.i Unity. Ab-
derraham Moussa said in a statement that the oasis was TOO percent” under rebel control
There was no way to confirm the accounts because the government has
banned reporters from the battlefront Western military sources had said 2.500 men. the bulk of Habre's army, were pinned down in Faya-Iargeau. a town of some 7,000 people that was recaptured from the rebels July 30
French military sources said the 30 paratroopers arrived in N’Djamena before dawn, crossing the Chan River from neighboring Cameroon where they had been stationed to help F Tench civilians flee
in case Ihei Chad war worsened Reporters watched them erecting special transmitters arc and the embassy
Washington abo is sending a team of trainers to distribute weapons to Habre's army rn this former Frater* colony, which has become a torus al confrontation between Libya and mc fended aute*
TV sources who dm UHM' in tie ideo
tilled said 180 more paratroopers wert*
coming from the Central African Republic, another former French colony The sources abo *aid 120 Trend) marine commandos would arrive tonight or Thursday from a base rn southern France for the operation codenamed Stingray ”
Altogether, the French will deploy two companies totaling 250 commandos ti* superv ise training of Habre & men and monitor information on libyan air and troop movements transmitted from UA surveillance planes in neighboring Sudan the sources said French official* earlier said only 180 commandos were < orrung.Bell won't seek split of rate increase request
AUSTIN i APi Southwestern Hell officials say they accept” a Public Utility Commission examiner’s ruling that the company’s $17 billion rate increase request could riot be divided for consideration, and are ready for an Oct. ll hearing on the proposed Ink.-
Paul Ruth, Bell vice president for revenues arui public affairs, said Tuesday the company would not
appeal Monday *»ruling.
‘ We accept the hearing examiner’s ruling of Aug 8 and we agree with her opinion that the case should go forward as scheduled.'" Ruth said
‘Our earlier response recommending that the case be split into two parts was to give the commission an option in dealing with a very complicated case Our rate request not only deals with a need to cover in
creased expenses and an improved rate of return, but it also looks forward to dramatic changes taking place in the telephone industry,” Ruth said
1 Our basic objective is to have adequate rates in place when Southwestern Bell becomes an independent company and will lie required to stand on its own financial feet,-' he said.
On Jan I, Southwestern Bell is to become an independent company under a federal court-ordered breakup of the AT&T telephone monopoly ' We believe the hearing examiner's ruling recognized this very practical problem The commission's present schedule of hearings accommodates this time frame and provides adequate consideration for all par
ties,'' Roth said PUC hearing examiner Jacqueline Holmes said in a four-page ruling thai Southwestern Bell could not split its original $17 billion rate request and have the PUC consider separately the $497 million it claims is not related to the AT&T divesture Ms Holmes said she would keep the case intact and hear the entire matter on its menu Oct ll
Beil remains under an Ort 3 deadline to provide more information on the divesture-related expenses Ms Holmes abu said the commission could authorize interim raises Jan. I. a rare move in which higher rates are allowed temporarily on an emergency basis Interim rates would have to be refunded to customers if the final rates turn out to be less
Man faces DWI charge after Tuesday accident on Highway 81 East
A two-car accident in the KMM) block of Highway 81 East put a San Marcos man in jail Tuesday afternoon.
Richard Marvin Sellars, Route I, Box 48 in San Marcos was arrested by New Braunfels police for driving while intoxicated about 5 pm Tuesday.
The incident occurred at 4:50 p m when a 1974 green two-door Chevy Malibu driven by Selbrs struck a 1979 white Pontiac Grand leMans driven by Yvette Arlene Kuhlmey. 250 Skyview Sellars' vehicle hit the Pontiac as it backed out of a private drive and entered the highway, police said.
Kuhlmey and other passengers in her vehicle were taken by private vehicle to McKenna Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released
Police arrested Selbrs at the scene He was taken to Comal County Jail
Selbrs was released from jail Wednesday morning after posting a $300 bond
In other police news, a vehicle landed in a ditch Tuesday afternoon when its driver tried to avoid an oncoming vehicle, police said
lisa Marie Zieman, 182 B West St, told police she was driving along the Interstate 35 frontage road near Mesquite Street when an oncoming vehicle appeared in her bne She avoided the vehicle by driving over an embankment and into a ditch along the east side of Mesquite Street, police said The car, a 1175 two-door white Chevy Camara, landed in the ditch, seven feet from the Mesquite Street curb, police said
Zieman was taken by private vehicle to McKenna Memorial Hospital where she was treated and released
Acid rain cleanup fund worries utilities official
Acid rain and House Bill 3400 could spell trouble for utility companies, at the expense of the catchall consumer
That was the message from Alex Badin, executive director of the Washington-based American Public Power Association. Badin was luncheon guest speaker at the Association of Wholesale Customers' annual meeting at tile New Braunfels Civic- Center Tuesday
The reality is that government is involved in issues that affect your rates, and that s one af our purposes — to represent you, ' Badin said “But to put the sole burden on utility companies for a fund to rectify, or destroy acid rain, is almost absurd.”
The House bill, now in the Energy and Commerce Committee, would set up that fund, based on one mil i one-tenth of one cent i per kilowatt bom- generated The charge would be unposed on all utility generating facilities, except nuclear and including hydra-electric, through 1915
New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn. reelected to the Wholesale Customers Board of Directors Tuesday , bas estimated that $15 billion plus would be taken into such a fund in eight years What that represents to NBU customers would be we'd have to pay the lower Colorado River Authority $550,000 a year,” Sohn said "And the more NBU grows, the more wed have to pay I XRA
We d even have to pa> into the fund for our Utile hydro-umt in lands Park "
Sohn doesn’t dispute the acid ram problem “But wh> should the utility mduslrv be nude solely responsible for developing this fund,’ Soho asked ‘ What about the automobile industry, or the steel plants Anyone burning coal. gas and oil has the potential to create acid rain It just depends on the punty of the produi t being burned ”
Acid rain has been defined as sulphur dioxides and nitrogen oxides, which combine to form acids Badin said that a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences ' indicated a Unear relationship between emissions of sulphur dioxide and acid ram Another report, this time by a panel of White House scientists. said thai any action on this subject risked being wrong because of insufficient data But that no action earned an even greater risk of damage.
‘ APPA s position is show more scientific data first, then take action,'’ Badin added ‘ Bul it s become obvious that Congress is going to do something about acid ram. so we're now involved rn setting up guidelines which will be fair to uliUUes "
Hearings before Congress on House Bill 3400 are scheduled for September
— DEBBIE DwLOACH
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