New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels’ banks did not totally escape the products of the largest seizure of counterfeit money in South Texas Monday by San Antonio and federal officials.
Officials at Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels and Guaranty State Bank have each reported four counterfeit bills, which have been connected to the San Antonio operation. Secret Service officials have said targets in an otherwise unspectacular drug investigation
casually told undercover agents about the counterfeiting operation at Alamo Graphics, 12159 Valliant Drive.
Federal officials also speculated much of the $3.5 million in bogus money was earmarked for payments to drug smugglers. At least nine San Antonians have been arrested so far, and more arrests are expected in the continuing probe.
The fake bills have mainly plagued stores on San Antonio’s northwest side, while Nelson Kohlenberg, security officer at Texas Commerce Bank, said Tuesday his bank had connected one $10 bill, two $20 bills,
and one $50 bill to the latest ring.
At Texas Commerce, none of the bills came over the teller counters. “The bills all came through businesses, that had accepted them from customers,” Kohlenberg added.
Dan Dieted at Guaranty State Bank said the facility had received at least four fake bills. “At least three of them were $100 bills,” he said. “We don’t know where two of them came from, but several others came to the bank through River Road businesses.
“They are fairly good counterfeit bills,” Dieted said. “The quality of paper isn’t the same, though, and
that’s one way we spotted them. ”
Robed Hughes it New Braunfels National Bank reported Tuesday he's had “no problems.” But he was quick to add the phrase, “not at this time.”
Kohlenberg went a step further in identifying the fake bills with this latest ring through his Secret Service connections. He even made his findings available for publication. But the public must remember all these characteristics — not just one or two — have to be present on the same bill to identify the fake ones.
Counterfeit $10 bills connected with this latest ring have a federal reserve
seal of “K.” That’s the alphabet letter inside the seal to the left of the president's face. The series must be 1981. The check letter, which appears in the bill’s upper left comer, must be “H-l,” and the face plate, wtiich appears next to the check number in the lower right comer only, must be “H-250.” Finally, the back plate on the back side of the bill in the lower right comer must be “28 ”
Counterfeit $20 bills connected with this ring will have a “K” inside the federal reserve seal, a 1981 series, a “H-l” check number, a “H-250” face plate, and a back plate number of “222."
Fake $50 bills will have a “K” inside the federal reserve seal, be a 1977 series, have a check letter of “A-3”, a face plate of “A-118”, and a back plate number of “49.”
Kohlenberg has come across to different identifications for $100 bills, connected with the latest counterfeit bust One identified series is a 1977 series, and has a “K” inside the federal reserve seal, a “C-l” check letter, a “C-155” face plate and “109“ as a back plate number. The other $100 series has the same characteristics, with the exception of “121” for a back plate number.
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Senator 'bored' reports state
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John Tower, the Republican chairman of the Armed Services Comittee, will announce today that he will not seek re-election next year, COP sources said.
A leading conservative spokesman since he came to the Senate in 1961, Tower will announce his decision at a news conference in Austin this afternoon.
A spokesman for Tower, linda Hill, confirmed the news conference but declined to discuss what the senator would say. Reports of his decision not to run first appeared in today’s Houston Post.
The decision by the 58-year-old incumbent surprised many, for he had already raised more than $1 million for a re-election campaign to keep the seat inherited from Lyndon Johnson.
But Tower was also said to be one of the more vulnerable GOP incumbents up in 1984 as Democrats scrambled to win the nomination to oppose him.
A GOP source here said that Tower had kept his decision “very close to the vest.”
“He is simply bored with the job,” said the Republican source, who requested anonymity.
Another source said Tower's decision appears based on “a feeling on his part that once you’ve gone through this so many times, you just don't want to grovel for votes again — like a prizefighter that quits at the top,” said the official.
Tower told close friends in Wichita Falls Sunday that “I’m just tired of being a senator,” the Wichita Falls Times and Record News reported today.
“I am burned out but I have no plans to leave politics,” the friends quoted Tower as saying. “I hope to work for
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Krueger touted as frontrunner
By ROBERT JOHNSON Editor
Bob Krueger lost by an eyelash in his bid to unseat John Tower in 1978. Suddenly, he's the man to beat in the 1984 Texas Senate race, and his main opposition apparently will come from his own Democratic Party instead of from the Republican incumbent.
“Bob Krueger was the frontrunner in the Democratic primary,” Krueger campaign manager Harmon Lisnow said Tuesday. “Now he’s the frontrunner in the race.” Contacted in New Braunfels Tuesday — before leaving for his Austin campaign headquarters — Krueger indicated he was somewhat suprtsed by the news. But he also said he had heard rumors as far back as 1978 that Tower might not run again. “They were unsubstantiated, so I never gave them any credence,” he said.
Krueger said Tower’s decision “is a tremendous boost to our campaign.” Lisnow said, “We’re going to take a quantum jump forward.”
A campaign aide in Austin described Krueger, who arrived there around IO a.m., as * effervescent” as he greeted people in the office.
“Obviously, John Tower has been in office for almost 24 years, so one has to respect that,” Krueger said. “He was a formidable opponent.”
“I think Tower knew he was in for a tough race,” Lisnow said. “Bob Krueger’s very strong.”
Both Krueger and Lisnow said the candidate’s organization, which has remained in place since his narrow defeat six years ago, should put him ahead of the pack. Krueger pointed out he anounced his intention to run
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effort, and donations came from several agencies, including the Red Cross, Home Care Center, Volunteer Action Center of Canyon Lake and Civil DefenseConsumer prices took modest jump in July
WASHINGTON (AP) - Consumer prices, held in check by a second straight month of falling food costs, rose a moderate 0.4 percent in July, the government said today.
For the first seven months of 1983, retail prices rose at an annual rate of just 3.2 percent, bettering the 3.9 percent clip for all of last year. Prices over the last 12 months have risen only 2.4 percent — the smallest gain in 17 years.
Also helping hold down the overall rise in July’s Consumer Price Index was a modest 0.4 percent increase in gasoline costs. Those prices are now 2.7 percent lower than a year ago,
despite May s 4.2 percent surge and June's 0.7 percent gain.
The 0.1 percent drop in food prices resulted largely from fresh cuts in meat prices, a trend expected to reverse itself next year. Food prices overall had dropped 0.3 percent in June, the steepest one-month plunge in seven years.
In all, July’s 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted gain doubled the 0.2 percent advance of the previous month. Even with today’s report, however, economists were still predicting that inflation this year will be less than last year's advance, which had been the smallest in a decade.
Wrecker ordinance passes final reading
The wrecker-permit ordinance became law Monday night. City Council made just two minor changes on the third reading.
Council members Barbara Tieken and Max Winkler pushed for a lower permit fee, but were voted down by four other council members following City Manger E.N. Delashmutt’s recommendation. “We’ve lowered it from $360 all the way to $180,” Delashmutt said, citing changes made upon second reading of the ordinance.
Donnie Seay held that the annual fee of $110, just $15 per month, was not unreasonable. It will only have to be paid once. After the first year, a company can renew its permit for $75 annually, which is a little over $6 per month, Stay said.
Tieken moved to amend it to $100, with a $50 renewal, which is still much higher than the City of Austin chargee, she said. Seay, Laverne Eberhard, Joe Rogers and Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. voted against the
Leading the decline in food prices were a sharp 2.9 percent drop in pork prices and a more moderate 0.7 percent decline in the costs of beef and veal. Fresh fruit prices rose 3.1 percent while fresh vegetable prices tumbled 3.6 percent. Egg prices were off 1.1 percent.
While meat prices were declining for the second straight month and further cuts are expected as producers trim their herds rather than pay rapidly rising feedgrain prices, analysts caution that meat prices will begin rising next year as the number of animals going to slaughter slackens.
The rising grain prices are largely the product of the drought that has scorched much of the nation's breadbasket.
Meals eaten outside the home rose 0.1 percent last month. Food bought at grocery stores declined 0.1 percent. Alcoholic beverage prices were up 0.2 percent.
Across the board, prices last month were slightly higher than in J une: —Medical care costs rose 0.6 percent, a bit above the increases of each of the previous six months but much less than the double-digit gains prevalent over the last four years Even so, those costs have soared 8.4
percent in the last year, the sharpest gain for any of the major components of the index —Housing costs were up 0 4 percent, double June’s 0.2 percent gain Homeowners’ costs rose 0 5 percent while renters expenses rose 06 percent
—Home heating oil prices rose 0 2 percent after falling 0 5 percent in June Natural gas prices also turned up. rising 0.2 percent after falling 0 4 percent in the preceding month Since last July, heating oil prices have tumbled 8 9 percent, but natural gas prices have soared 18 6 percent —Used car prices surged 15 per
cent following increases of I percent in May and June New car prices were unchanged after climbing slightly in the previous month Overall transportation costs were up 0.5 percent last month.
-Clothing prices rose 0 6 percent, following a 0 4 percent gain in June — Entertainment costs increased 0 4 percent, the same as in June All tile changes are adjusted for normal seasonal vanati If last month’s 0 4 percent increase held steady for 12 straight months, the yearly advance would be 4 9 percent
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amendment. Tieken and Winkler in turn voted against the ordinance, but it passed, 4-2. Mayor Pro Tem Gerald Schaefer was absent.
The two changes made clarified the status of wrecker operators who don't want to be on the police department’s no-preference list (they don’t have to get a permit at all); and made the list of required equipment more flexible, so that companies can upgrade as technology improves.
Two other points came up this month in Police Chief Burney Boeck’s meetings with wrecker drivers, but the council didn’t give them serious consideration.
At least one operator wanted to do away with the weekly rotation system now used by the police dispatcher, and go on a single-call rotation. Delashmutt didn't favor this.
Two drivers liked the idea of putting an allowable tow fee in the ordinance, Boeck reported. “I don’t think that’s
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Prince Solms parking sent back to board
By DYANNE FRY Steff writer
The idea of more Tube Chute parking is going back to the Parks Advisory Board And this time, the question is more how to do it, than whether to do it at all
Parks advisors didn’t Uke the idea last time it was brought up. They may not like it now, either. But the City Council is leaning rn the other direction, almost without dissent. Members who opposed more parking before appear to have been won over by a letter from Mrs. Alfred Liebscher, widow of the man who made the city a gift of Prince Solms Park.
Plans call for the large green space on the east side of the Comal River to become a landscaped picnic area. Various community groups have resisted moves to pave any more of it than is already paved Mrs Liebscher's letter, received by Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. in July, indicated the family would be wilUng to compromise.
She called attention to the inconvenience suffered by residents of the neighborhoods around Prince Solms Park, whose streets and driveways are often blocked by the parked cars of Tube Chute
customers She said it wouldn’t hurt the park much if a new parking lot was put in next to the tree line along San Antonio Street, an area she described as “unsuitable for landscaping,” Councilmember Donnie Seay thought the corner at Liberty and San Antonio might be even more unsuitable “That’s just a bald caliche hill. Grass hardly grows there,’’ he said
That’s one of the questions the parks board will be looking at Councilmember Barbara Tieken said she d like it to study another question, too.
“I think we’re looking at something much bigger here than whether we’re going to park 165 cars or not I think we’re looking at park capacity,” she said
The Schlitterbahn, down liberty Street, is now limiting the number of people who can come in on a given day. Is there a limit to what the Tube Chute can handle? Tieken wondered Is there a point where too many people in one stretch (rf river becomes a health hazard7
“Surely the Texas Department of Health has some guidelines about how many people can be put in a
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