New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Woman found dead in room; autopsy ordered
A 41-year-old woman was found dead in her motel room here Friday, and an autopsy was ordered by Pct.
I Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
Cause of death was unknown, but Krueger said it was a “possible heart attack.”
Emergency Medical Service reports identified the woman as Mary Louise France, of Houston. Acting Fire Chief Jack Wilson said a call for an ambulance came at 2:52 p.m. but the woman was dead when
the EMS a. !,'ed at the Charter Inn off IH 35.
Krueger said Saturday the autopsy was performed by a pathologist in Austin.
“The autopsy was probably completed today, but I haven’t heard the results yet,” he said. “We’ll know Monday.”
A New Braunfels Police officer said the woman “checked in to a motel and was found dead in her room the same day.”
Kicking off the season
DEATHS ......................... 2A
FOOTBALL 1982 ................. 1 16C
The end of August means pigskin time in Texas, and the Herald Ze/tung has the cure for football fever in today’s paper. Football '82 is an in-depth look at the local gridiron scene, with sections on the Smithson Valley Rangers, Canyon Cougars, New Braunfels Unicorns and Southwest Texas State Bobcats. Football '&2will tell you what coaches have to say about this year’s squads and show you lots of pictures of local players in action. And, of course, Sports editor Kari Mitchell and Scott Haring will tell you who they think will win it all this year. See Section C.
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Lawyer handling alleged overcharge reassigned
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 169
SANTA BARBARA. Calif. (AP) -President Reagan vetoed a $14.2 billion catchall spending bill Saturday as a budget buster, and the government immediately began taking steps to avoid widespread furloughs of federal workers, agency shutdowns and program disruptions.
Deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes said 27 government offices were left hurting for funds because of the veto. He said there was a good possibility some government employees he did not know how many would be laid off temporarily.
With the salaries of 3 million military personnel at stake under the bill, Reagan took extraordinary steps to avoid a payless payday for those in the armed services next Tuesday.
It was Reagan’s eighth veto since he took office.
Republican leaders in Congress had urged the president to sign the bill, warning that a veto might be overridden
or that he might not get a second chance to win congressional approval of funds for his highly prized Caribbean Basin foreign aid program.
But Reagan, in a brief radio address broadcast live from his mountaintop ranch near here, said the bill exceeded his request for domestic programs by nearly $1 billion and contained funds for “several things I’ve vetoed already as being unnecessary.”
In a separate veto message to Congress, Reagan said, “I do not take this step lightly. ... But this bill would bust the budget by nearly a billion dollars.”
Reagan said that last week’s surge on Wall Street and other economic improvements were a positive reaction to congressional approval of a $98.3 billion tax-increase bill.
This reaction, he said, “is founded in large measure on a growing conviction that this government has finally developed the will to set its fiscal house
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The Texas Public Utilities Commission has shuffled attorneys working on a case that could force Pedernales Electric Cooperative I PEC) to refund more than $1 million to its customers.
Mark Zeppa, a PUC staff attorney who angered PEC officials by criticizing the co-op’s billing practices, has been removed from the case.
A preliminary hearing will be held Sept. 24 on a PUC “petition of inquiry” filed a month ago to force PEC to return $1.1 million to its customers.
The funds, according to the petition, were overcharged to PEC’s customers in 1981 because of outdated billing methods and formulas. Pedernales officials denied
The PEC serves nine Central Texas counties, including most of western Comal County and the Canyon I .ake area.
The petition came from the office of PUC General Counsel Allen King after a routine audit uncovered the practices, PUC spokesmen have said.
But PEC officials accused Zeppa of engaging in a “personal vendetta” and “hatchet job” because his involvement in the case came a few months after he sharply criticized the Texland Electric Co.’s proposed power plant.
The Pedernales and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative formed Texland in 1978 to build a power plant in Milam County.
The co-ops have been feuding with the Lower Colorado River Authority, which
.supplies them with electricity and wants to build a third generating unit at its Fayette County plant. The LCRA is holding the co-ops to their energy contracts, and the co-ops have sued the authority in an attempt to invalidate them.
The full Public Utilities Commission will vote on granting permission for either or both projects sometime this fall, after listening to staff reports beginning in September.
Ronna Martin, a PUC spokeswoman, said in an interview Friday that Zeppa was needed elsewhere and was replaced on the PEC case by PUC attorney Steve Porter.
“We had some rate filings come in, and See ELECTRICITY, Page 14A
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Staff photo by John Seater
Resembling very much the cat who just volleyball games at Smithson Valley High
swallowed the canary, 3 year old Tony School earlier this week.
Garro looks up from his doodling between
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in order. This legislation flies in the face of that conviction ’
Democratic lead* in Congress quickly criticized fin president’s move.
House Major \ i .cader Jim Wright, D-Texas. said tin veto revives the spirit of confrontation arid hostility which some of us had tried to put at rest” with approval of the tax increase package a week ago.
Wright said Reagan’s “theatrical veto” put his Caribbean Basin plan in “severe jeopardy.” He hinted that Democrats would hold the Caribbean program hostage for increased funds for domestic social welfare programs.
“Many of my colleagues are saying that if the president is unwilling to give needed help to the old. the poor and the handicapped in our own country, he can scarcely expect Congress to appropriate more for such people in other countries,” Wright aid Senate Democratic Whip Alan Cranston
Petitioners want in to Garden Ridge
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Annexation hearings on neighborhoods south and east of the Garden Ridge city limits are set for Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Petitions for annexation are on file at City Hall, with signatures from residents of the area under consideration. The petition also provided a signature column for residents who didn’t want to
become part of the city, and that drew some signatures too.
Both sides (and Garden Ridge citizens, too) are invited to voice their views in this week’s meetings. The first will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall on Timber Rose Drive.
The Thursday meeting, also set for 6 p.m., will be held at the intersection of Gloxinia and Hoya streets, in the area proposed for annexation.
Firefighters kept busy
Five grass fires kept New Braunfels Fire Department trucks on the road much of Friday afternoon.
A passing train was cited as a “possible” cause of a fire that burned a strip 25 feet by half-a-mile along the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad tracks near Watson I.ane.
That call came in at 1:34 p.m. Two minutes later, units were called to a fire off River Road about one mile north of its intersection with Loop
337, which burned about an acre. “Possible discarded cigarette,” commented one firefighter.
Railroad ties flared up again at the scene of the Watson I .ane fire at 3:38 p.m., and the blaze was extinguished a second time.
A small area burned near the intersection of Krueger Lane and FM 1863, and was doused shortly after 4 p.m.
The River Road fire rekindled at 8:40 p.m., requiring another run.
Speculation on Arafat's exit mounts as exodus continues
BEIRUT, Lebanon I AP) The Palestinian dispersal wound up its first week Saturday when about 600 more guerrillas sailed from the Uncontrolled port, and speculation mounted about when and how PLO chief Yasser Arafat will leave his west Beirut enclave.
The Israeli military command on Saturday reported three incidents of shooting by Palestinian guerrillas but said there were no casualties.
With the number of armed Palestinians in west Beirut reduced by more than half, attention also began to focus on how to rein in the armed militias whose feuding has ravaged Lebanon for years.
A meeting was scheduled Monday to discuss deployment of police forces in Moslem west Beirut. I Canon's Moslem elder statesman, Saeb Salam, called for dissolution of all militias — Christian and Moslem alike.
l^ebanon’s state-run radio said Arafat secretly left the capital from the port before dawn, but he later was interviewed at Salam's home as he made a late-night round of farewell visits to important PLO supporters.
The Palestine Liberation Organization chairman said he would leave the capital “publicly" but would not say how, when or where he would go.
Arafat, who has been expected to go first to
Damascus and eventually to Tunisia, must leave by Sept. 3 Friday — under the plan worked out by U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib.
Reliable PLO sources have said preparations were under way for a heavily guarded convoy to take Arafat and other top PLO leaders to Syria.
PLO Foreign Minister Farouk Kaddoumi said in Bizerte, Tunisia, that Arafat would lead the PLO delegation at the Arab summit scheduled to open Sept. 6 in Fez, Morocco, but would not provide details of his travel plans.
Kaddoumi was in Bizerte to welcome about UMH) Palestinians who arrived by sea to tumultuous cheers from a dockside throng that included President Habib Bourguiba. They then were driven to an isolated camp 45 miles west of Tunis.
In Beirut, the lebanese government and the Israeli military said about 600 Palestinians sailed for Syria Saturday afternoon aboard the Italian ship Santorini, the 10th boatload since the operation began Aug. 22.
The withdrawal has left Moslem west Beirut more or less in the hands of its numerous leftist militias, and there has been serious concern that the police alone will not be able to handle them or disarm the civilian population in a city where nearly everyone carries a gun.
East Beirut is controlled by Christian militias, w hose leader Bashir Gemayel was elected president of Lebanon last week. Moslem leaders have said they fear reprisals after the 2JHM) American, French and Italian peacekeeping troops leave.
One Italian soldier and two French soldiers have been reported wounded by the volleys of jubilant gunfire that have saluted the departing guerrillas, and w itnesses said one French soldier lost two fingers and another suffered face cuts in the explosion of a mine they were trying to defuse Saturday.
Neither the French army nor the French Embassy would provide any further information.
According to the PLO and lebanese government, some 6,000 PLO fighters and soldiers of the Palestine liberation Army a PLO wing under Syrian, Egyptian, Iraqi and Jordanian command - have left Beirut by sea. The Israelis put the figure at 5,750, but there is no way to reconcile the conflict.
The PLO has estimated there were 7,100-7,500 guerrillas in the city before the withdrawal began, while the Israelis said there were 8,674.
Once the Palestinians are gone, there still will be 30,000 Syrian troops and about as many Israeli soldiers in war-torn Lebanon.