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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas --**MrL Braunfels Herald-Zeituno Hew Braunfels, Texas    Vol. 92 - No. 164    16    Pages THURSDAY August 18,1983 25 conia Vol. 92 - No. 164 (USPS 377 880' Aiicia's winds daim 2 lives GALVESTON (AP) — Hurricane Alicia slammed into the Texas coast early today, spawning tornadoes, ripping apart buildings, smashing cars with driving debris and plunging hundreds of thousands of people into darkness. Two people were killed by falling trees in the Houston area, 50 miles inland, officials said. Several minor injuries were reported. Sustained winds of 76 mph and gusts up to 102 mph were measured by the National Weather Service’s office in Galveston as the hurricane hit shore. Just off Galveston Island, reconnaissance aircraft reported maximum sustained winds near 115 mph as the hurricane’s center moved inland. Galveston firefighters were forced to pump floodwater from the streets to fight a blaze at a cotton warehouse that was ‘'totally involved in flames.” said fire Capt. Ed Haskins. "We’re just having all kinds of problems trying to get the fire under control. We have no water pressure,” he said. An estimated 42,000 people had left their homes in the 14-county Houston area, with 15,000 of them in 76 Red Cross shelters by 5 a m., said Red Cross spokesman Bill Barron. Most of the refugees were from Galveston and Brazoria counties, he said. Howling winds in Galveston ripped bricks and metal siding from buildings, threw sign posts into cars and ripped limbs from trees. The city was completely without power the weather service’s local radar and tide gauges also were knocked out. About 200 guests of Galveston’s historic Galvez Hotel fled to underground corridors after a window broke and an interior wall gave way about 2 a m. A "non-supporting interior wall” on the fourth floor leaned into the hallway but did not collapse, a hotel See ALICIA, Page ll Si**(>*oh 6* Lmcf* hntw Herb Syring outlines plans for handling refugees from hurricane AliciaWaiting for refugeesCivil defense groups ready to help if needed By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor Although Hurricane Alicia has hit the Texas Coast, New Braunfels may not shelter as many refugees as it did in 1980 As of 8 a m. today. Red Cross shelters were on standby alert. Herb Syring, New Braunfels-Comal County Civil Defense officer, said. The Emergency Operating Center will remain under 24-hour alert until it is put back into a non-activated status, Syring said. All Red Cross and Civil Defense calls concerning shelters must be made through the EOC office, either by phone or by radio, he said When Hurricane Alien hit the South Texas coast in August 1980, New Braunfels sheltered many refugees. Syring told Red Cross members at a special meeting Wednesday afternoon About 800 refugees per night were fed at Red Cross shelters dunng the hurricane w eekend, he said Syring said two factors contributed to the flood of refugees in Central Texas: Allen was a well-publicized hurricane, and it hit the Corpus Christi-Drowns Ville c oastal area. Central Texas is the primary shelter area for persons along that part of the coast, Syring said. Traffic along Interstate 37 and Highway 181 was packed in 1980. Syring said People from Corpus (*hristi spent 12 hours driving to New Braunfels rn *tead of the customary three hours, he said This year, the fir it designated shelter is the Academy Street Gym. Syring said. All food will be cooked at St Mary’s Hall. 262 W Bndge St Ail „he designated shelters are equipped with toilet facilities, Syring said Ai adam) Sir eet Gym will be opened within 15 minutes i vhen the need arises he said Syring said that 200 cots were available for refugees Although amma s will not be allowed at the shelters, they will be sheltered at the Humane Society Animal Shelter, 1922 Kuehter Syring said Downtown Houston takes pounding from Alicia HOUSTON i AP) - Hurricane Alicia roared through Houston before dawn today, killing at least two, blacking out a quarter-million homes and making skyscrapers whistle like giant organ pipes in the 80-mph winds. At least IO house fires were blamed on 19611’s first Atlantic hurricane, which sent panes of glass, metal newsracks, trees and decorative panels flying like lethal missiles through the streets of the nation's fourth-largest city. Houston Mayor Kathy Whitmire, after louring part of the downtown area this morning, said from Houston-Haitis County Civil Defense headquarters she planned to seek federal disaster assistance. *‘| don’t remember another time when the eye of the hurricane has passed directly over Houston," Mrs Whitmire said. "Even those of us who are natives are finding this very unusual.” "I think it will take the people who have offices downtown a long time to recover,” Mrs. Whitmire said City officials have urged residents to stay at home until the winds die down. and only essential city operations are being maintained, the mayor said Officials will begin to assess the damage this afternoon, she said. Two people were reported dead in the storm A tree fell on a house, claiming the life of a 71-year-old Houston woman, according to Stanley Curtis, ambulance dispatcher with the Houston Fire Department A second woman, a 21-year-old from suburban Highlands, was killed this morning when a trew-fell on her car, Cecil Wingo of the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office said In addition, ll Houston firefighters were treated for injuries at Hermann Hospital after they inhaled chemicals while battling a three-alarm blaze in the southern part of the city The extent of their injuries was not immediately known, fire department spokesman Shelton Morris said. We’ve had many, many house fires we d have to attribute to downed live wires.” said Houston Fire Department spokesman John Valentine "We’ve had one car catch on fire because wires just fell on top or it and cooked ii." One family was trapped in its southwest Houston home after power lines electrified the outside." said Valentine The family can’t get out. They're trapped until tile guys from the power company can get there ” Cautioned Valentine "Downtown is a very dangerous place to be Glass has been sucked out of buildings and debris cs flying around everywhere Don't go down there ” A spokeswoman at St Joseph s Hospital said "several" patients had been admitted for lacerations caused by flying glass On Fannin Street in downtown Houston, Poilu Officer William Babu watched from the wheel of his squad car as Alicia detached windows and decorative panels from high-rises and sent them flying in the air like deadly kites Man. this is really something," bab ti said Several of the city ‘I towering glass and steel skycraper" had caps where windows were blow n out Houston lighting & Power spokeswoman Sally Mathis <*a.J Al cm’s fury had tom down at least 20 high-tension lines, blacking out 250.000 home" between Houston and Galveston "But we can't send any repair crews jut in the weather because it’s so bad ” said Ms Mathis ‘ We ask out customer s to only call us if it’s a bfe-and-death situation, she said Grand Jury indicts robbery suspects By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer Three motel bandits charged with robbing victims at the Hill Country Inn and Gourmet Inn motels May 22, were indicted for aggravated robbery by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday. Craig Mathis of 4910 Benzidine, San Antonio, was indicted on two counts of aggravated robbery by use of a deadly weapon < shotgun) for his part in the robbery of an Alvin highway patrolman and his wife at the Gourmet Inn He was also indicted on four counts of aggravated robbery by use of a handgun for his part rn the robbery of two rooms at the Hill Country Inn. The same two counts and four counts were also filed against Kevin Hill of 5019 Hershey, San Antonio, ami Albert Bonner of 1046 H St., San Antonio All three men, arrested last week, remain in the Comal County Jail under $50,000 bond each. Authorities have speculated Bonner, Mathis and Hill were members of a loosely-knit gang of motel bandits, responsible for similar robberies in Johnson City, Kerrville, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Corpus Christi authorities are investigating the possibility that the Alvin trooper's gun was used to kill a Garland man June 15 at a Travel Ixxige motel in Corpus Christi. Wanted in connection with that murder, Kenneth Woodson of San Antonio gave himself up in I ais Angeles on Aug 12 A Comal County warrant also listed Woodson as a participant in the two New Braunfels robberies back in May In all, the Grand Jury returned 29 indictments, including two sealed ones and two re-indictments Herbert Hunter Semmes Jr , of 31464 Bartel, Bulverde, was re-indicted for possession of a prohibited weapon (enhanced), and possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture. Aggravated assault on a peace officer indictments were returned against John Robert Bolduc of 605 Johnson, Seguin; Williiam Randall Bntt, in custody in the Travis t ounty Jail; and Alfredo E. Perez of 8418 Greenleaf (.ake Dr,, Houston. Perez was released from custody Sunday on $5,000 bond, following an incident the same day at Camp Hueco Springs The man allegedly rented inner tubes, became angry about a non-existent shuttle bus service he See GRAND JURY, Page llInsideToday's Weather Expect partly cloudy skies today, with a 20 percent chalice of thundershowers, mainly in the afternoon. The high will be in the low-90e, but winds blowing SO miles per hour from the north-northwest might make it seem cooter Tonight will be partly cloudy, with variable winds near IO mph. They’ll shift back to the south on Friday, blowing KF 15 mph from partly cloudy skies, and bringing a 30 percent chance off rain Sunset today will be at 8:09 pm. sunrise Friday at 7:01 a.m.A Foggy Day in Music Ira Gerswhin, who with his brother composer George Gershwin wrote many of the hits in the 1920s and 30s, died Wedesday at age It The lyricist collaborated with other composers after his brother's death in 1937 Ss* Pagan CLASSIFIED..  ....    IUD COMICS  ........  IO CROSSWOW)  .........  IO DEATHS...........................3 DEAR ABBY   .........  .8 HOROSCOPE................  I OPINIONS........................   4 SCRAPBOOK  ......     7 SPORTS.......  Msndl STOCKS ......................  18 TV LISTINGS......................10 WEATHER  ...................  2 Governments to mull choices as appraisal terms near end By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Directors of the Comal County Appraisal Ikuitnet have four and a half months left in their terms of office But it's not too early for local governments to be thinking about who they want to represent them in 1984-65 All five seats come open at the end of December County, city and school governments served by the appraisal district may ask the current members to serve another two years, or choose to replace any or all of them Nominations must be turned in to the county clerk's office by Oct 15 Each government can nominate up to five candidates. In practice, they usually confine their choices to one or two In 1981, there were exactly five people vying for the five seats, so the outcome of the election didn’t surprise anyone. The actual voting will take place beta een Aug ICl and Nov 15 Its not a simple process, I hanks* to the provision." of the Pevcto Bill which created the appraisal districts Each government gets I voice, or rt tiler, it gets a certain number of votes lased cm the amount of tax it levied last y ear In the 1981 elects Mi, there were 5,000 votes to be cast The Comal lode pendent School District had 2,314 votes New Braun els ISO. 1,269 Coma) County, 797 and th e City of N ew Braunfels a few less than that The City of Garden Ridge, which pays less than one percent of the appraisal district's budget, got just 16 5 voles in 1981 The (’it) of Se) ma got less than WW Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks said he would calculate this year's perce i tag es, I lased on the 1962 tax levy, some time before Oct 1. The numbers may SLW APF KAINA!. Page ll Two hurt in Wednesday wreck A two-car wreck Wednesday afternoon sent two New Braunfels residents to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment. The wreck occurred about 5 p m w hen a 1983 two-door black Capris driven by Abell Castillo, 20, 227 N Krueger, attempted to pass a tractor-trailer on the right side and ran into a utility pole, police said The tractor-trailer was driven by Guy Raymond McKeon HI of San Antonio The accident occurred at the 120(1 block of West Antonio Street The vehicles were eastbound, police said, adding that Castillo's vehicle reportedly was exceeding the speed limit He a ttempled to pass McKeon’s vehicle as McKean was turning right onto Chestnut Avenue, police said McF .eon told police lie was making a wide turn because of the size of his vehicle. When McKeon turned, Castillo's car touched lite tractor-trailer's front tire, causin g Castillo to lose control of his car It collided into a utility pole, police said. Castillo and a passenger in his c ar, luna Castillo, same address, were taken by ambulance to McKenna for treatment Huntsville Orange Beaumont Port Arthur Rosenberg Texas City- Angleton a San Antonio • Austin Alicia, 9:30 Thursday 'k \ Baytown New Braunfels Columbus Victoria Houston Galveston Island f Alicia hits Texas coast Matagorda Peninsula Gulf of Mexico { yfr Matagorda Island ;