New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Assailant wounds local woman after breaking into apartment
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Police are considering filing felony charges against a man who broke into the apartment of a New Braunfels woman at 4:30 this morning, shot and beat her, and then shot himself.
Joni Gilliland of Vista Del Sol apartments was in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital at press time, after undergoing surgery for a gunshot wound. Her assailant was transferred to San
Antonio’s Methodist Hospital, and a hospital spokesman said he was in stable condition when he left.
“We don’t want to release his name right now because we’re investigating the possibility of filing felony charges on him," said a spokesman from the police department’s criminal investigative division. He believes that Gilliland knew the man.
Investigators hadn't had a full report
from the victim as of mid-morning Thursday, but they did have statements from two eyewitnesses. The police spokesman said the intruder broke a window, entered Gilliland’s apartment and assaulted her with a firearm. He then chased her out of the apartment, caught up with her at another apartment in the same complex and beat her there.
When the suspect saw the police coming, “he turned his weapon on himself," the investigator said.
For the second year, the Herald Zeitung will hold its “Cheer Fund’’ food drive to help feed needy families this Christmas. We were overwhelmed with your response last year, and we’re hoping it will continue in 1963.
As mentioned previously, we are accepting cash or non-perishable food items. The goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to local families who might not have one without your help.
Because of last year’s response, we’ve set a rather ambitious goal this year. We were able to feed 60 families with the motley and food donated last year, and this year we were hoping to increase that to IOO. We need and appreciate your help.
You can bring contributions to our offices at 186 S. Casten Ave. or mail a monetary contribution to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. Names of contributors will be published daily. Pickup of donated food items can be made by contacting Circulation Manager Don Avery, 625-9144.
We received an anonymous donation of $25 on Tuesday, bringing the total so far to $725.31. Again, we appreciate your help.
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Vol. 92 - No. 239 16 Pages
Shuttle creates space Might show'
Canyon High student assitant Jeth Fogg helps Frazier Elementary students conduct an experiment in the canyon chemistry lab The students are (from left). Elizabeth O'Keefe, Clayton Ford and Jimmy Schandua, and science teacher David Gyure is in the
background. Hoping to spark an early interest in science, Gyure invites fourth and fifth graders to the lab once a week The students are in Cindy Fraunhofer's SAGE class.
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Spaceless astronauts created an artificial aurora today, generating a brilliant display of lights by firing bursts of gases and electron beams into the darkness of space to learn more about the atmospheric veil that envelops the Earth
“Beautiful," exclaimed astronaut Robert Parker as he watched a series of blue flashes bounce thousands of miles along Earth s magnetic lines. “Fantastic," exclaimed scientists on the ground watching a live television picture of one of the tests transmitted from the orbiting shuttle Columbia
Parker and Ulf Merbold, working in the Spacelab science station in Columbia’s cargo bay, triggered beams of electrons and ionized argon gas from accelerators outside the lab, zipping them into a highly-charged field of plasma at an altitude of 155 miles.
Other shuttle instruments measured the affect of the experiment on the atmosphere, especially on the formation of the man-made aurora borealis — the northern lights generated when enormous amounts wi energy from the sun saturate Earth’s protective curtain of magnetic fields and pour through magnetic openings above the North Pole.
Mission scientist Rick Chappell, observing at a control center at the Johnson Space Center here, explained: “The experiment is probing how particle beams interact with atmospheric gases, which is important in understanding the auroral phenomena.
• The crew fires the beams up the magnetic field lines, and those beams bounce off the opposite hemisphere and come back to the shuttle along the field lines.'' he said. “That will give us an idea of the shape and length of the magnetic field."
The firings might be seen by people on Fourth as a brief, bright flash in a clear night sky, but because the firings are not on a set schedule, sightings would be improbable.
Chappell said the results could lead to a better understanding of how atmospheric energy disturbs shortwave radio communications and influences the
“Beautiful,” exclaimed astronaut Robert Parker as he watched a series of blue flashes bounce thousands of miles along Earth's magnetic lines.
weather on Earth.
The astronauts planned several tests of the device over many parts of the globe during the remainder of the flight.
In an earlier calibration test of the device on Wednesday, astronaut Owen Garriott described the lights as ' single, bright flashes. They form a semi-hemispherical glow in a bluish color."
Garriott, Byron Uchtenberg and pilot Brewster Shaw form the Blue Team rn the flight's two-shift round-the-clock operation. Parker, Merbold and commander John Young make up the Red Team .Vietho.J is ti* fir>*. European to fh <jo a I S space mission.
The accelerators used in the light experiment were developed by Tatsuzo Obayashi, a University of Tokyo researcher. It is one of scores of international experiments from 14 nations carried on this first flight of the F3uropean-built Spacelab, a billion-dollar facility
During this third day of the planned nine-day journey, the astronauts continued experiments started earlier in biomedical research, metals processing and F.arth observations.
They also focused a powerful German-made metric camera on the Earth, gathering images that scientists hope will map portions of the planet never before properly charted.
The camera, with 1,100 frames, is taking pictures of the surface with a resolution of 32 feet, much
See SHUTTLE, Page 16
'Yes' vote means no to late drinking hours
Ifs up to the people of New Braunfels to say how months yet, but the question should read something late they want their bars to stay open. City Council Uke, “Are you in favor of repealing ordinance 79-18, decided Monday night to put it on the April election which allows Uquor-Ucensed establishments to ballot. obtain 2 a.m. serving permits'’"
It was going to come to a public vote, one way or another, lf the council hadn't taken the action it did, a group of local bar owners was ready to file a petition which would have forced a vote.
Several council members said that it really didn’t matter how they did it; that the people would decide in the end, anyway. Bul City Attorney John Chunn said it might have made a difference in the wording of the ballot.
Two members of the council wanted to go ahead and pass an ordinance repeaUng the present late-night drinking law, and let the bar owners file their petition. The majority chose to defeat the ordinance and call the special election themselves.
When the voters come to the polls in April, Chunn said, they’ll basically be voting on the same ordinance that City Council voted down Monday night. He won’t come up with the final wording for some
A “for” vote wiU mean, “Yes, abolish late-hours permits. Close all the bars at midnight." A vole “against" will mean, “No, I Uke things the way they are.”
Until Monday, council was well on the way to repeaUng the late-hours ordinance of its own accord. “Had they gone ahead with a third and full reading of the ordinance, then the April vote would have been to repeal the ordinance repealing it," Chunn said
The city ran into a similar situation last spring, when a group of citizens opposed to fluoridated water demanded a vote to revoke that portion of the city charter. Since the charter already provided for fluoride, the ballot asked citizens if they were in favor of revoking it. Those who wanted fluoride had to vote “no," and those who didn’t want it had to vote “yes."
Minor injuries reported in wrecks on city's rain-slick streets
Wet roads are believed to have been a factor in three rush-hour accidents that occurred in New Braunfels Thursday morning. Two of the mishaps involved ambulance runs, but all the victims were treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
A 28-year-old woman and her one-month-old baby were taken to McKenna after being involved in an
accident at IH 35 and Mistletoe at 7:28 a m. Another smashup occurred at the top of the hill on Fredericksburg Road at 7:55, injuring a 46-year-old man.
The morning’s first accident report came from San Antonio and Walnut at 7:13 a m. No injuries were reported from that one.
Police officers hadn’t filed full reports on any of these accidents as of press time Thursday.InsideREME MBER, MEN, ONLY 21 6H0PPIN6 DAYS 'TIL CHRISTMAS.
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Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today and tonight with a 40 percent chance of light rains. Northeasterly winds at 10-15 mph today, shifting to easterly winds at IO mph tonight Cloudy Friday with a <0 percent chance of rain. Sunset will be at 5:32 p.m. while sunrise will be at 7:09 a.m.Playoff Fever
Are the New Braunfels Unicorns ready for Friday’s regional final with Fredericksburg? Head coach Jim Streety is worried they might be too ready. So# SPORTS, Pogo 8.
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Bogus bank officials come calling again
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Staff writer
The phone rings You pick it up and the man on the other end says an error was made on your bank deposit tlus morning
“But I didn’t make a bank deposit this morning," you reply, and the phone goes dead.
That’s what happened to at least one Texas Commerce Bank customer Wednesday. The "bank employee" scam appears to be back in town, police and bank officials said Wednesday.
Nelson Kohlenberg, security officer at Texas Commerce, and New Braunfels detective Ray Douglas worked through the afternoon on
various leads, but came up emptyhanded.
“The person who called about a deposit error clanned to be a bank employee," Kohlenberg said. “Another customer was contacted Wednesday afternoon by someone claiming to be a bank exanuner. That caller asked what his bank balance was, when he received his last statement, and asked the customer to come to the Motor Bank
The caller said there’d been a $1,200 error on the account." Kohlenberg added. The customer got suspicious, started asking questions, and the caller promptly hung up."
See SCAM. Page 16
Butler, DPS brass meet
Highway patrolman Robert Butler’s first meeting with Department of Public Safety Director Col. James Adams Nov. 18 never occurred He got a second chance Wednesday.
“The meeting was between Butler, his attorney Harris Butler and Col. Adams," DPS public information officer David Wells said Thursday. “What was said will be reviewed by the colonel, with a decision forthcoming tai Butler’s DPS status ” Wells declined to give any sort of timetable for that decision.
Butler, formerly stationed in Comal County, was suspended without pay
Oct 18 after he failed to obey his Rockport transfer order The reason Wells gave for the suspension was “insubordination."
Butler fought his transfer for five days before 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer, who denied an injunction to block the transfer on Oct. ll. Butler was to report to DPS Captain Charles Gunn in Corpus Christi on Oct 17, but did not He was suspended Ute next day.
Hams Butler, of Houston, also represents another highway patrolman in trouble for resisting a
See BITLER, Page ll