New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 92 - No. 244
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SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) - Columbia and its six crewmen were forced to delay their return to Earth today after veteran spaceship commander John Young reported computer failure on the shuttle just 44 hours before this morning’s planned touchdown.
The astronauts were in no immediate danger. Only one computer was out, and Columbia has four others, any one of which could guide the ship to a safe landing. The computers operate wing flaps and other spaceship control surfaces during re-entry.
Controllers considered a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., later today. It had been set for 10:59 a.m. EST on the 162nd orbit.
Landing on the shuttle's 165th orbit of the Earth would be about 5:17 p.m. (2:17 p.m. PST) and on the 166th orbit, about 6:47 p.m. Forecasters said weather would be good throughout the day at Edwards.
Young radioed the control center about four hours before Columbia was to land on a California desert runway that two of the ship’s four computers had failed and that the failures apparently were associated with jet thruster firings.
Communications with Columbia and its six-man crew were scratchy at the time, and Mission Control spokesman John lawrence said flight directors considered waving off the landing until later in the day.
Minutes later, Young reported Computer No. 2 was back on line, but that No. I apparently had ‘‘hard failed.”
Columbia has four general purpose computers.
The astronauts were reported to be in no danger, since Columbia bas four other computers, any one of which could guide the ship to a safe landing.
One is sufficient to control the spacecraft and guide it safely back to Earth.
But without a more thorough analysis of what was wrong, Mission Control said it might hold off a landing. Controllers directed Young to go into “free-drift” and not fire any thrusters until they got a better handle on what the trouble was.
The problem cropped up as Columbia and its Spacelab cargo were heading home with scientific knowledge gathered in IO unprecedented days that proved the value of humans as researchers in space.
"See you back on Earth,” Young told Mission Control as he and his five crewmates gathered in Columbia's cabin for a final telecast Wednesday night.
Young and pilot Brewster Shaw were to guide the shuttle, with Spacelab in its cargo bay, to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert at 7:59 a.m. Pacific time today. Weather conditions there were ideal.
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Simon Colgan and his shadow shell pecans in the late afternoon sun on his front porch at 1093 W. Coll Wednesday. Not surprisingly, Colgan, a native of
Anchorage, Alaska, is rather impressed with South Texas weather, which has blessed locals with a good pecan crop this year.
Local woman, daughter survive crash
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
A Canyon lake woman and her (laughter are in a San Antonio hospital after their car was forced off an Interstate IO bridge arui flipped onto laop 410 in San Antonio early Wednesday afternoon.
Kathleen Markham, 34. and her daughter, Alyssa, were southbound in a 1978 Corvette in a right lane on 1H IO, according to a San Antonio Police Department report.
A 1978 tractor truck, driven by Alton Jackson, 45, was in the interstate’* center lane, but then moved into the right lane and hit the Corv ette After hitting the car, the 18-wheel truck veered back into the left lane, then swerved back into the right lane, forcing the car against bridge’s guard rail, police said.
Markham's automobile traveled along the guardrail for 15 feet, splintering several wooden rail posts and shearing a light post, police said.
The Corvette then flipped over the overpass rail, turned upside down, and fell approximately 20 feet into an eastbound lane of Loop 410.
There were no vehicles traveling under the bridge when the Corvette fell.
Jackson told officials he had looked into his rearview mirror when changing lanes, but had not seen the Corvette.
The accident happened at 12:35 p.m.
Markham was taken to Medical Center Hospital where she was treated for multiple lacerations. She is conscious and was listed in fair condition this morning.
Markham’s daughter was treated and released. Jackson suffered a cut on his nose.
The accident was investigated by officer Steven Tucker No charges will be filed.
Unsolved murder leads local officers to Henry Lucas
From staff and wire reports Comal County Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez, along with investigators from four states, have taken a number to talk to self-proclaimed mass murderer Henry Lee Lucas.
Their number, and hopefully more, will come up in Georgetown Dec. 23.
“We've got an appointment to talk to Lucas about the possible homicide of a Latin female on June 4, IMI, on Interstate 35 near Northcliffe,” Villarreal said Thursday.
The woman, believed to be 20 years old, has never been identified. Her body, clad in only a bright colored blouse, a bra and white socks, was found south of the rest area in a ditch between Interstate 36 and the frontage road.
She died from multiple gunshot wounds — five directly above her right ear, and one above her right eye — all at close range with a .25 caliber pistol. The autopsy also showed she was not raped.
“He (Lucas) has admitted to other interstate killings, so we're hoping he can help us out with tide one,’’ Villarreal said. “We tried to follow up with
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was a big day, thanks to the New __Rotary Club, Mission Valley Extension Homemakers and Hanks Plumbing.
Retartans “passed the hat" at their regular meeting Wodneoday, raising $100.45 for the fund. That's the largest single contribution In the fund's brief history.
Mission Valley Homemakers and Hanks Plumbing both contributed $25- The fund is nsw over the ll SOO mark with a current balance of $1,010.71.
As we've mentioned previously, this ta tbs
second year we've had the Cheer Pwad drive. The HerekFZeitung'B goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families families who might not hove one without your' help.
Last year's inaugural drive was a tremendous succom Thanks to your contributions, wa wove able to deliver several grocery cacks full of food to OO local families - enough for a holiday dinner, and then some You can bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at IM S. Castell during regular busine— hours: 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mall a monetary contribution to Post Office Drawer 381, New Braunfels. 78131 lf you would like to donate food but Mat bring it by. Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can call him at IB-0144.
Thank you for your help.
Ortiz convicted of lesser charge
Butler appeal may be reconsidered
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Harris Butler, attorney for former Comal County highway patrolman Robert Butler, was “real surprised" at the Public Safety Commission's decision Wednesday to uphold the firing of a Vidor trooper.
Oh, we’re still considering an appeal on Robert’s behalf, but I'm definitely having second thoughts,” Butler said Thursday.
The Public Safety Commission voted 3-0 to uphold the firing of James Wade, also represented by Harris Butter. Wade was taken off the DPS payroll in May after he refused a transfer from Beaumont to Garland, a transfer he —id was part of a harassment campaign by DPS supervisors that drove him to consider suicide.
Wade, who filed an $18 million damage suit against certain DPS officials in federal court in Beaumont, stated his mistake w— complaining to his sergeant
and captain about a required quota of IO traffic citations a day.
Robert Butler sought an injunction against his Rockport transfer order from 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer. In the five-day hearing, testimony alluded to a ticket quota, but only as one method used to measure a trooper’s performance.
Butler, who also has a civil suit pending at DPS, DPS New Braunfels Sgt. James Holder and DPS Director Col. James Adams, testified his trouble started when he reported certain violations of law to appropriate law enforcement officials in good faith. He said his transfer was “punitive in nature,” while DPS officials labeled it "for the good of the service.” Butler was suspended without pay Oct. 18 after he failed to report for duty in Rockport. The reason given by DPS officials for the suspension, as well as his discharge Dec. 3, was insubordination.
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Alfred Gonzales Ortiz, charged with delivery of methamphetamine, was found guilty Wednesday of the lesser included offense of possession by a Comal County jury.
Ortiz was the first of over 30 persons arrested in the massive county drug bust in July to be tried by a jury. Others have pleaded guilty and been sentenced by a judge, white one charged with delivery of LSD cut his jury trial short last week when he changed his plea before the jury determined his guilt or innonence.
The Ortiz jury deliberated about 30 minutes before reaching the guilty verdict, following closing arguments Wednesday. The punishment phase of the trial then began with testimony from J.L. McIntyre, a federal probation officer. He testified that Ortiz is currently on federal probation for posse—ion with intent to deliver 54 pounds of marijuana.
In closing arguments, District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked the jury to “set aside the fact that Gregory ‘Butch’ Thomas (the state’s key witne—) has been living in a chemical world since age 16.
“Mr. Ortiz is leading you up a primrose path. He’s sending up all the smoke he can, and maybe someone will get lost and can’t make a decision.”
On the witne— stand, Ortiz denied any knowledge of a buy Thomas described in detail, allegedly one-eighth of a gram of metham
phetamine for $265. Ortiz also said he never met Thomas that day or any other day.
Mark Clark, Ortiz’ attorney, told the jury the state did not prove its case. “The indictment read that Ortiz personally delivered the methamphetamine to Hodapp. He didn’t testify to that fact. The state didn’t prove its case, so you must consider the lesser offense of posse—ion,” Clark —id.
Hodapp, along with Robert Duvall, were identified as Department of Public Safety narcotics agents, who solicited Thomas’ cooperation as an informant.
Citing “serious problems during the course of the investigation,” Clark asked, “Do the police have a motive to hang something on Ortiz? Sure, they do. They want another deal (for information).''
Schroeder had the last —y, though. "What Mr. Clark is — ying is these police officers, who protect all of us, set this all up,” the district attorney asked. "That’s a vicious attack on their reputation, no question about it.
"The only way to come back with a not-guilty verdict is to —y to those officers, ‘You lied to us. You fabricated this whole thing,”' Schroeder added. "Are you really going to do that?”
With the guilty verdict in, the punishment phase will begin again at 9 a.m. Friday rn 207th District Court.
— DEBBIE DeLOACH
This afternoon will bo sunny end mild, with a high in the upper Me. Winds will be variable at 5-10 mites per hour Tonight will be deer end aet as cold, with light winds. Friday will be sunny and a little warmer, with a high in the low-7ls end winds from the south at itll mph. The for the weekend is generally fair. Sunset tonight will bo at 5:31 p.rn., and sunrise Friday at 7:14 ain.
Canyon Lake was at 804.00 loot above sen level today, down slightly from Wednesday's level of 004.11.
New Braunfels will meet Bey Qty under sunny Md— in Victoria this Friday, with southeast winds Mowing IAU Blites per hour at game time. A high temperature of 77 is predicted that day.
Wednesday's high was 05, followed by an overnight low of 35. The high today should bo in tho uppor-IOs, and Friday's high in tho low-70s. Tonight's low will bo in tho low-40s. Temporal— over the weekend will range from mid-4flB to mid-70s.
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More zoning categories in the works
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Convinced that three kinds of zoning aren’t enough for a growing city, the Garden Ridge Planning and Zoning Comm!—ion went to work this week on an update of the zoning ordinance.
Chairman Bob Kolstad gave the City Council a progre— report Wednesday night, and outlined the commission’s ideas on expanding the existing three zoning classifications into eight.
The present zoning ordinance provides for R (residential), RA (residential-agricultural) and B (busine—) zoning, although there is no territory zoned “B” at present.
Planners and zoners met Dec. I and agreed that the busine— cia—location was too general. They have suggested dividing this category into two divisions, B-l (retail busine— and neighborhood services) and B-2 (general busine—); and adding an 1-1 (light industrial) classification, too.
The commission is proposing a PD (pre-development) district, which would restrict development on newly-annexed land until city authorities have a chance to look at needs and possible uses. Kolstad —ys the nearby City of Live
Oak has this classification in its zoning ordinance
Members agreed to leave the RA classification as is, but they disagreed on different types of residential zoning.
Koistad’s report outlined three subclasses. The present R zoning (single-family residential, with a minimum lot size of 30,000 square feet) would become R-l. An R-2 cia—ideation would allow for smaller single-family lots, minimum 22,500 square feet. R-3 would be a garden home, or zero-lot-line, district.
Four commissioners favored the R-2 classification, and two were opposed. On the matter of garden homes, the group agreed the best thing to do was circulate a questionnaire and find out whether residents want this type of development in the city.
Kolstad thinks there may be a market for it, especially given the number of retired people that settle in Garden Ridge. He —id some of those people may eventually decide that keeping up a big yard la too much work, but they might still want to stay in the community.
At this point, the commi—ion is proposing a
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Staff photo by John N Santa!