New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
For the second year, the Harald-Zeitung will hold its “Cheer Fund” food drive to help feed needy families this Christmas.
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.
You can bring contributions (both money or
food items) to our offices at 186 S. Casten Ave. or mail a monetary contribution to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. Names (rf contributors will be published daily in the Herald-Zeitung. Pickup of donated food items can be made by contacting Circulation Manager Don Avery, 625-9144.
We received several new donations Tuesday. They include:
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Frisbie..........$25
Anonymous . . . ...............$25
Mrs. Clara Brinker................$5
Ken and Carol Brazle canned goods
That raises our balance to $910.31. We appreciate your contributions. And so will some needy local family this Christmas season.
Two women killed when car strikes tree
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Two women in their early 20s, one from Canyon Lake and the other from Seguin, were killed early Tuesday in a one-car crash in Medina County.
Laura Annette Masuccio, 20, of Canyon Lake, was dead on arrival at San Antonio’s Methodist Hospital at 4:59 a.m. Her passenger, 21-year-old Kimberley Coor Kubenka, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, 2.6 miles north of San Geronimo on Texas 16.
Texas Highway Trooper Wesley R. Scott thinks the accident occurred at ap
proximately 3 a.m. It was reported to authorities at 3:23, when a passing driver discovered the wreckage.
“As near as we can figure, (the women) were traveling south on 16, at a very high rate of speed, and tried to negotiate a fairly sharp curve to the left,” said Scott, who works out of Hondo. The car apparently didn’t make the curve, went off the road to the right, and then went out of control, skidding across the roadway and hitting a tree on the left side.
The first impact “just broke the car in half,” Scott said. The vehicle then swung around and hit a second tree, throwing both women clear.
Kubenka was prounounced dead at the scene at 3:30 a.m. by Justice of the Peace D.S. McAnelly, of Medina County. Masuccio was taken to Methodist by the Bandera County Emergency Medical Service, and was pronounced dead on arrival.
Scott said the accident occurred northeast of Hondo, where Texas 16 takes a three-mile cut across the tip end of the county. The fatal curve bears a warning sign, recommending 40 miles per hour as the maximum safe speed, he said.
Masuccio was a junior student at
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Vol. 92 - No. 243
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Planes collide; death toll 104
Lune Star kindergarten students (from left) Carlos de la Cerda Jesse Verustei and Alfredo Ayala scamper home after hearing the school bell to play in the clear.
sunny weather Tuesday afternoon. The clear, cool weather continued Wednesday, as temperatures dropped to freezing in early morning hours.
MADRID, Spain (AP) — Two Spanish jetliners collided in heavy fog today as they accelerated to take off from Madrid, touching off a fiery blast and killing all 42 aboard one plane and 62 on the other, Transportation Minister Enrique Baron said.
Airline officials said the accident was similar to the 1977 Canary Islands disaster in which two jumbo jets collided on the ground in heavy fog, killing 582 people. The planes involved today were an Iberian Au Lines Boeing 727, said to be going about IOO mph, and a DC-9 of Aviaco, a domestic airliner hit near the fuel tank, killing all aboard.
First estimates from civil defense officials were that about half of the 93 people aboard the 727 were killed. One of the 727 survivors, loiigi Intligia, said Iberia pilot Carlos l>opez Barranco, who also survived, told him he saw the DC-9 approaching but it was too late to do anything.
He said l/>pez Barranco apparently tried to speed up the takeoff of the 727 to avoid the collision and got ti* plane’s nose far enough up in the air to allow those in the front to avoid the effect of the impact and to slide out through the emergency exit.
The accident occurred IO days after a Colombian jumbo jet crashed near Madrid, killing 181 of the 192 people aboard.
The 727 involved in today’s crash was on its way to Rome with 84 passengers and nine crew members aboard. Forty-two of the passengers on the 727 were Japanese on a tour of Europe. The DC-9 earned 37
passengers and five crew and was on its way to Santander in northern Spam.
There was no official word on the cause of the accident, but Iberia and airport sources said the collision occurred as one or both airliners were accelerating in preparation for takeoff. Sources said they believed the Boeing 727 was traveling about IOO mph.
The DC-9 was said to be destroyed in the crash and ensuing explosion and its wreckage scattered over more than a mile.
“All we can see is a mass of wreckage, seats and screams coming from all sides,” said one radio reporter at the scene.
Several hours after the collision hundreds of rescuers were seen combing through the steaming wreckage, wrapping parts of bodies in gray plaid blankets.
Transport Minister Ennque Baron, who controls commercial aviation in Spain, left a session of the Cabinet and went to the airport
Barajas Airport wa» closed to all incoming traffic today because of the fog. A number of flights were diverted to other .spanish airports, but some outgoing traffic was permitted to take off.
An hour after the 9:45 a m. (3:45 a.m. EST) collision, visibility at the airport was reportedly less than 130 feet.
See CRASH, Page UASubdivision boat ramps may be removed
By SANORA JACKSON SUH writer
Several boat ramps in subdivisions around Cany on l^tke could be closed soon if an agreement cannot be reached between county officials and the U S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The permit issued to Comal County by the Corps for the ramp in Canyon Lake Village will expire Dec 31, and prospects are not good for its renewal
Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley said that if the pemut is not renewed, he will have to close the raitp in the Village.
'Pending further information, at the nearest time available I will have to send a crew to close off the ramp, road, and area to vehicular traffic,
and the Corps will require the county to remove all improvements and restore the area to as near its natural state as possible,” Parsley explained.
When the agreements were made, it was understood that when the license expired, the ramps would be removed,” he added.
Another permit is scheduled to expire un Feb. 9,1984 in Cany on lake Village West. This ramp is where four members of the David Saks family drowned when a car was driven down the ramp into the water. A related multi-million dollar lawsuit is pending against the county and the Corps.
When asked if this lawsuit was the reason for the county 's reluctance to renew the permits. County Judge Fred Clark said, “This case
illustrates the problem, but it is not the sole motivating factor.”
“If it had been up to me, I doubt we would have ever entered into these agreements.” said Clark, explaining that he feels the leases are not advantageous to the county.
“Of course, hindsight gives us all kinds of information and knowledge,” he added Clark said the permits are not beneficial to the county because the county accepts full liability.
Clark plans to schedule a workshop before the first permit expires for county commissioners and will invite the Corps to participate "We're leaning towards not renewing any of them, but I did want to have a meeting in advance,” Clark noted.
He said he doesn’t think the U.S.
government will agree to any changes regarding liability. Under the current lease agreements, the county has agreed to waive its statuatory liability limitation and agreed to hold the Corps harmless for any damages. Under the law, counties in Texas are limited to $100,000 liability per individual and $300,000 per claim, Clark said.
“I would rather take the political heat than allow the taxpayers to have this kind of liability,” Clark said.
"The county initially was acting as a conduit since the federal government cannot enter into leases with individual developers,” the judge said. “Those ramps are there. The Corps will have to be the (Hies to deny accessibility. If they want to close
Park with 'bear essentials' gets approval from plannersInside
It will take a zoning change to get Jellyslone Park — a mobile home development complete with a statue of the cartoon character Yogi Bear — onto Kookie Road, and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the change Tuesday.
Bill Steubing of Garden Ridge wants to buy a 21-acre tract of land and build a “first-class, high-quality mobile home and BV park” there It will be Leisure Systems Inc. franchise, built on a “Yogi Bear” theme Preliminary plans include a large statue of the Hanna-Barbera character, who
inhabited a place called Jellystone Park in the cartoon, at the park’s entrance Steubing also plans to build a permanent house on the site, and live there as owner and manager. “We want to run a first-class place,” he said. “If I'm going to live there, it’s going to have to be ”
The proposed site is on the northeast side of Ruekle Road, approximately 350 feet off IH 35. That land is now zoned for single- and two-family
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NBISD teachers get early present
By DORIAN MARTIN StaH writ ar
New Braunfels LSD employees may think Santa has come a little early.
Thanks to trustees' unanimous vote Tuesday, employees will receive a one-time salary supplement right in time for the holiday shopping spree
All professional personnel will receive $200 while non-certified employees will receive $100. The
supplement will be given rn a seperate check during December.
“It (the total amount given in salaries) will be just slightly under $71,000,” Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis said.
The supplement is a result (rf a vetoed salary increase in August.
“We did not recommend an increase at that time,”
See NBISD, Page UAToday's Weather
This afternoon will be sunny and cool, with a high in the mid-60s. Tonight will be clear and cold, but not as cold as Tuesday night, with a high in the upper-30s. Thursday will be sunny and mild by afternoon, and some clouds are expected by Friday. Sunset today will be at 5:32 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7:13 a.m.Black day
Tuesday was not a day that will go down in Comal County basketball history. All of the local basketball teams rn action last night lost. Details in Sports.
them down, that's their business,” Clark said.
Parsley said he hopes the workshop will be held very soon. "We're running tight on time. Two public entities are going to have a hard time deciding on anything in one meeting," he noted.
“Personally, I don’t think the Corps would have any authority to limit liability to any licensee or permittee,” Parsley said. “But on a positive note, I think the state legislature has or would limit their liability. The Corps does not have any option but to use standard procedure,” he added
Parsley said that the county initially asked for permits for the ramps, and the federal government
has a “hold harmless” clause rn all of its agreements.
“All of our concessionnairea (such as marinas) are required to have a certain amount of insurance and above that, they can be sued for damages,’’ Parsley explained.
He said The permits are for five years, although a few have vaned somewhat, and that most of them have been renewed at least once. If the permits are not renewed, residents and visitors alike will be denied access to the lake via boat ramps in subdivisions.
However, all public boat ramps in parks operated by the Corps will remain open, Parsley stressed.
Informant describes method as drug trial opens
By DEBBIE DeLOACH StaH writer
A local informant, who worked with two Department of Public Safety narcotics agents to "clean up this town,” testified against Alfred Gonzales Ortiz Tuesday afternoon.
Accused of delivery of methamphetamine, Ortiz is the first of over 30 persons arrested in the big Comal County drug bust in July to be tned by a jury
Gregory “Butch" Thomas, the state’s key witness, told the jury that he was introduced to “crank” (the street name for methamphetamine) at age 16. “I’ve been dirty smce, like an alcoholic who can't get rid of the bottle,” he admitted.
Even so, DPS worked a deal with Thomaa, who had been busted on an assault charge. “I got paid for every case I made, and they dropped the assault charge,” Thomas said. “I knew the drug traffic in this town, and I knew my stepchildren would
eventually get strung out. So I tned to clean up this town a little.”
His approach was simple. "I knew all of them They all sold drugs, so I’d just ask,” Thomas said.
His testimony Tuesday involved an alleged purchase of one-eighth of an ounce (rf methamphetamine, set up by Ortiz. Thomas said the purchase price was $265
"We stopped at the comer of Hackberry and Stonewall. Ortiz got out of the car, talked to some other guys in the yard, they went to the house, and Ortiz' brother and I drove off,” Thomas testified.
Thomas’ normal procedure waa to taste the dope before handing over the money. "But Ortiz told me that wasn’t possible. He said I'd have to trust him.
“We drove around the block, and Ortiz was in the yard in front of the garage. We drove to the front of the house, Ortiz got in the car. He said, See, you were worried about
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