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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Inside 410    M053    10/22/S^ texas american rncrofIL ATT: PETE SINCLAIR P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS, TX 7524-j Nation Woman gets artificial heart See Page 12A Comal River.............. 350    (same) Water    Canyon inflow ......... 877    (down    36) .    Canyon outflow...... 705 cfs (down 50) Watch    Edwards Aquifer  626.67 (down .01) Canyon Lake level .... 910.15 (down .05) Travis commissioner Area testifies in trial See below chase ends in S. A. Bf SIMM ••LOACH Blaff writer A 12-mile chase down Interstate 35 ended Wednesday when a stolen tractor-trailer rig collided with a station wagon and wound up in a cement drainage ditch near the Eisenhauer Road exit in San Antonio. As of presstime today, the driver of the truck, Vernon Eugene Moore, 24, of Lewisville, was in custody in the Bexar County Jail under $10,000 bond for theft of a vehicle, and another $10,000 bond for violation of a Dallas County probation. No one was injured in the highspeed chase, which San Antonio Police Sgt. Paul Buske said began about 12:22 p.m. on FM 3009 A Department of Public Safety intelligence officer and a Schertz police officer spotted the 1985 silver tractor-trailer rig, matching the description of a vehicle reported stolen Monday in Grand Prairie, and initiated the chase, Sgt. Buske identified San Antonio patrolman Richard Slader as the arresting officer. Slader’s report indicated shots were fired from the fleeing vehicle, which swerved on and off the highway and forced other cars in its way to do the same He also stated the 20-minute chase involved at least eight police cars. Today's Weather Today will be sunny and cool with light winds and a high in the mid 50s. Tonight is expected to be cold with temperatures in the lower 30s. Wednesday’s high reached 85 and the low last night was 30. Sunset tonight will be at 5:36 p.m. and sunrise Friday will be at 7:21 a.m. H«r« it comal!8 shopping to Christmas CANYON LAKE SA CLASSIFED 13-1 SA COMICS 12A CROSSWORD 11A DEAR ABBY 11A HOROSCOPE UA KALEIDOSCOPE 1C.3C OPINIONS 4A OUTDOORS SA SCRAPBOOK 2C SPORTS 7-tA WEATHER 2A Cougars, Unicorns dominate all-District 13-4A team Sports, Page 7ASame addressCity: US 81 name change shouldn't cause costs •t ■ uu iiiainin Blaff writer Changing the name of the part of US 81 that runs through New Braunfels will not cost business owners and residents of that street any money, say postal and city officials. New Braunfels City Council on Jan. 13 will hold the third and final reading of an ordinance changing the name of the highway — within the city limits — to Elliot Knox Boulevard Knox was recently honored for his 50 years of service to the city and the Braunfels Foundation Trust suggested that the city name a street — the street on which he has lived for many years — after him But residents and business owners opposed the change, saying that invoices already are printed and it would be expensive to throw them out and order new ones and that it is bothersome to notify ail contacts of the new address. A petition opposing the move and signed by 103 persons on the highway, was delivered to City Hall this week However. Assistant City Manager Court Thieleman said Tuesday that those fears are unfounded and that the postal service views the city’s action as the designation of an alternate name and not an address change “I talked to the New Braunfels branch and also to the United States Postal Service in San Antonio, they are the administrators over this one, and they view this as a routine thing.” Thieleman said "They require us to notify them when action has been taken, and what will be on their files as primary name is US Bl " Thieleman said mail will be delivered to either address — US 81 or Elliot Knox Boulevard “This street will have two names and mail will be delivered to both names as long as the numeric sequence does not change.” he said “If it’s 123 Highway 81 or if it’s 123 Elliot Knox Boulevard ” See STREET, Page 12AHigh-speed ———-Honts testifies in DWI trial Cheer Fund Vol. 94-No. 246 Thursday December 19,1985 25 Cents 24 Pages—3 Sections CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -The launch of space shuttle Columbia on its first flight in two years was aborted on the launch pad just 14 seconds before the planned liftoff today because of trouble with a booster rocket steering system. “We have an unexpected shutdown,” reported launch control commentator Jim Ball as the countdown clock halted suddenly, stopped by a computer that detected the problem. Columbia’s seven-man crew, including a Florida congressman and the first Hispanic-American astronaut, sat in the shuttle’s cabin atop half a million gallons of volatile fuel, monitoring gauges to make sure all systems were safe. With the vehicle declared safe, the astronauts left the cockpit half an hour after the abort and returned to their crew quarters to await another attempt to fly a mission in which they are to deploy a communications satellite, photograph Hailey’s comet and other celestial objects and con duct medical, materials processing and other experiments. As they exited there was disappointment on their faces, but all soon were smiling as they talked with launch technicians. Ball said a ground computer that probes every shuttle system detected a problem with an auxiliary power unit in one of the two solid fuel rockets intended to help boost the shuttle into orbit. The unit controls the hydraulic system that moves the rocket exhaust bell. “An instrument that reads the turbine speed indicated the turbine speed exceeded the red-line limits,” Ball said. Clouds that hovered over the area throughout the night had earlier threatened to postpone the scheduled 7 a m. launch. The flight earlier was postponed one day because workers fell behind the countdown timeline. The astronauts had boarded the shuttle shortly after 5 a.m. (BC IAI Travis County Commissioner Bob Honts says he had trouble passing field sobriety tests not because he was drunk but because he worried what a drunken-driving charge would do to his career and family. “I was absolutely not intoxicated and was in control of my (physical and mental) capabilities,” Honts said during four hours of testimony in his defense Wednesday. A Department of Public Safety trooper arrested Honts Feb. 24 in Austin and charged him with driving while intoxicated Honts’ first DWI trial ended in a mistrial after jurors didn’t reach a unanimous verdict He is being retried on the same charge in New Braunfels after a change of venue A guilty verdict could mean up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine Honts said he stopped in the middle of his recitation of the alphabet dur ing sobriety tests when he realized the DPS trooper thought he was dnv ing while intoxicated Honts said he became fearful of the effect his arrest would have on his family and political career During the third day of Honts' retrial, the commissioner and his friend Morgy Stephens answered testimony given Tuesday by two state witnesses Maureen McCormack and John Theiss had said Honts was "very drunk” and was stumbling and holding on to his dance partner for support when they saw him at a local night club just before the arrest. “I noticed that Bob was not a great dancer,” said Stephens, an instructor in interior design at the University of Texas and one of two women who was with Honts at the nightclub in Austin the night he was arrested Ms. Stephens said Honts and Angela Tharp were doing the jitterbug See HONTS, Page UA Comal ISD collecting taxes By BABBIE ••LOACH Staff writer He doesn’t mean to sound like Mr. Scrooge, but Comal ISD Tax Assessor-Collector EW Neuse would like to see school taxes on the Christmas list So far, Neuse said the CISD Tax Office has collected $1,207,000 (or IO percent) through November. "Last year, we had about ll percent or $854,000 for that same period So we’ve collected $353,000 more, but we have a bigger tax levy this year,” Neuse said. "We’re down percentage wise but money-wise we’re ahead of last year,” he added. Delinquent tax collection is also $56,000 ahead of last year’s pace “That’s to the credit of our delinquent-tax attorney, Steve Taylor," Neuse said Patrons can pay their school taxes in person or by mail The mailing address is P O Box 177 or 1425 Highway 81 East, New Braunfels. TX 78130 Any questions can also be handled by telephone at 6254081, or 885 7674 for Hill Country patrons. "lf anyone hasn’t received a notice yet, they should contact us as soon as possible,” Neuse said "Ignorance is no excuse when it becomes penalty time. Don’t wait until the last minute, mother words ” School taxes for 1985 on all real and personal property are due by Jan 31, 1986 Penalty and interest charges start to accrue on Feb. 1. More than 51,000 tax statements have been mailed out for payment “That’s 1,868 more statements than last year, and one of our biggest increases over the last five years,” Neuse said New Braunfels Haw Braunfels. Texas Shuttle halted before liftoff Brothers charged in kidnapping Another $170 and groceries were added to the Cheer Fund Thursday, bringing the fund’s cash total to $3,285 56 There s not much time left, and donations are needed to feed 200 families this year. Thursday’s donations were made by Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ormond, $5: Rita and Lisa Dalimann, $5; Elizabeth Rothaenmel, $5; Kenneth and Thelma Greewald, $15; Ray Allen’s Men’s Wear, $25; John W Evans, $15; Ken and Donna Gullett, $25, Al and Flora English, $25; Kerry, Patrick and Tammy Seidel, $20, two anonymous donations of $10 each; and anonymous donations of groceries and of $10 and groceries; and donations of food from Floyd and Doris Brown and of groceries from Crystal Lynn Brooks The Hcrald-Zcitung encourages the community to bring its taxdeductible donations or nonperishable food items by its offices at 186 S. Casten. Those who cannot come to the office, call 625-9144 SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Two Kerrville brothers charged with attempted extortion in the abduction of a banker’s wife have been sent to separate jails awaiting a bond hearing. U.S. Magistrate Jamie Boyd Wednesday ordered the men to appear for a bond hearing Monday. They are charged with attempted extortion in the Tuesday abduction of Gay Haufler, who escaped unharmed The abductors never showed up to collect $100,000 in ransom money at a drop site at a scenic overview near Interstate IO, the FBI said. Charged in the case are Ronald Bell, 31, and Allen Bell, 33. They could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. Kerrville attorney Joe Mike Egan Jr., a former Kerr County District Attorney, was hired by the brothers’ father to represent the defendants. Federal officials said Ronald Bell was sent to the Comal County Jail In New Braunfels and his brother was sent to the federal prison at Bastrop. Boyd also set a preliminary hearing for Dec. 27. Mrs. Haufler, who had been left bound to a door in her family's vehicle in a wooded area near Kerrville, managed to free herself and summon help from a passerby. An FBI complaint filed Wednesday in federal court said her husband, Mark Haufler received a telephone call at his office early Tuesday. Haufler said the call was from his wife, who appeared upset and apparently was reading some instructions to him. Haulier told the FBI his wife told him the call “was not a joke and that he was being watched at the bank,” the complaint said. Haufler was ordered to gather $100,000 in small bills and go to a pay SM BROTHERS, Page ISA Light a light OEftYL CLAK/HERAUF ZfrrUNC Vicki Becchelli, left, and Naomi Daniel light    their Spanish    name, luminaries,    will be on candles in sacks in front of the Parks and    tonight around    the gazebo in front    of the parks Recreation Center office. The lights, called by    office.f* ;

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