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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2A Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels/Texas Thursday, December 19,1985 Hospice Tree of Lights On Divine's patio at the Courtyard Shopping Center Volunteers on duty Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainment Schedule Dec. 19,6:30 p.m. Hot and Dusty Band Dec. 21, 2 p.m. First Protestant Church Bell Choir and at 4 p.m. Kinderchor and the Bavarian Village Band Dec. 22, 7:00 p.m. Closing ceremonies 8 Carolers from New Braunfels Presbyterian Church and supporters of Hospice New Braunfels Make a $10 donation to Hospice New Braunfels and honor someone who "Lights Up Your Life." Bankers work against extortion AUSTIN (AP) — In the past three months three Texas bankers’ wives have been abducted for ransom, including one who was killed in San Antonio, and bankers are increasing efforts to help possible extortion targets The Texas Banking Association always has held seminars to advise bank employees, executives and their families on security precautions. said Uhris Williston, the association s vice president. “We’re trying to get out and do more and more seminars and get out more information,’’ Williston said Wednesday, the day two Kerrville brothers were arraigned in the latest hostage effort. “We try to get them to use good common sense. “ he said “The statistics show they are indeed a target for these types of extortion attempts We try to make them more aware of their surroundings, to use extreme caution in all dealings with the general public.” Authorities theorize the recent extortion attempts may have been “copycat” crimes mimicking earlier bids. “It s tile kind of crime that breeds on itself, unfortunately,’’ said Willi, ton “It’s one of those situations where people will follow to the letter news reports on how someone else tried to initiate or carry through the crime “ The latest victim. Gay Haufler, 28, treed herself and walked to safety Tuesday night from a wooded area outside Kerrville where police said an armed kidnapper had left her tied up after demanding $100,000 ransom. The kidnapper failed to show up at the Kerrville drop site, about 90 miles northwest of San Antonio, where her husband, a bank vice president, was told to leave the ransom Mrs Haulier, who is seven months pregnant, wasn’t harmed After making the ransom demand, a ski masked abductor took Mrs. Haufler but left the couple's 4-year-old daughter in the house. FBI agents found her hiding under the bed. “You had one in Austin We had one here in San Antonio, which was a tragedy because the lady got killed. And we had this one in Kerrville. It s a possibility (they are connected), but there’s nothing to indicate it,’’ FBI agent Fat Cowley said in a telephone interview from San Antonio In Austin, Police Sgt Jim Andrist said officers would look for possible links to the Kerrville kidnapping. “Whether there is or not. we don’t know,” he said “They could be three separate incidents copycats who've seen the publicity in the paper and decided to give it a try.” On Dec. 9. Kay Lane, w ife of Inter-First Bank chairman Robert Lane, was tied up in her home by a gunman who forced his way in after posing as a flower deliveryman The gunman called Lane at the tiank and demanded $200.(HK), lint never showed up at the drop site. After the gunman left, Mrs Lane managed to free herself, called her husband and told him not to pay the ransom No arrest has been made. Andrist said, although Austin police continue to track leads In San Antonio on Sept 18. Rebecca Jo Patton. 42. w ife of Castle Hills National Bank president Frank Patton Jr.. was shot to death in her home by gunmen who had demanded what police called “a large amount of money” from her husband's bank. The men in this incident also posed as flower salesmen Lesley Lee Gosch, Jo. and John Lawrence Rogers, JI, were arrested a few days later and charged with capital murder Williston says the number of in cidents this year is higher than usual, but he said Texas does not necessarily have a higher rate of extortion than other states “Texas has more banks, so its likely it has more candidates,” Williston said. Weather Star followers Two "wee kings" of Seele Elementary talk about following a star during rehearsal of "Three Wee Kings" which will be * presented tonight at Seele Elementary at 7:30. The show is lESUEXRIfcWAlDT/HERMLUZtiluNU performed by the school's fifth graders and directed by Janie Parrott. It is open to the public. Holiday Schedules New Braunfels City Hall New Braunfels ISD New Braunfels City Hall will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. There will be no trash pickup any of the four holidays. New Braunfels ISD students, teachers, and employees will leave Friday and return to school and work Jan. 2. The tax office will follow the same schedule. Comal County Courthouse Local banks Comal County Courthouse will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year's Day. New Braunfels Utilities New Braunfels Utilities will close at 4 p m Friday and will be closed all day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Comal ISD All nine campuses at Comal ISD will close Friday and will be closed through Jan 1. The tax office will close at 3 pm Friday and will be open from 8 a m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 30 and 31. The tax office will be closed all day Jan I and will re-open Jan. 2 at 7:30 a m. Tax office hours the month of January will be 7:30 a.in. to 5 p.m. The 1985 school taxes on real and personal property are due by Jan. 31. Texas Commerce Bank will close at 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve and will be closed all day on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. MBank New Braunfels Will close at 2 p.m. Christmas Eve, will be closed both Christmas and New Year’s Day, and will be open all day on New Year’s Eve. New Braunfels National Bank will close at 3 p m Christmas Eve, will be closed both Christmas and New Year’s Day and will be open all day on New Year’s Eve. New Braunfels Savings and Loan will close Christmas Eve at I p.m. and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will be open all day on New Year’s Eve. Herald-Zoitung The Herald-Zeitungwill close at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, when subscribers will receive a morning paper. Texas Stars shone brightly over most of Texas early this morning as a dome of polar air settled deep into the state and a high pressure system hovered over the Brazos Valley. A light south wind funneled enough moisture into San Angelo to give a layer of low clouds, but the rest of the state was clear, the National Weather Service said. A warm front extended from east of Pampa and Lubbock to Marfa, but the combined effects of clear skies and light wind allowed temperatures to plummet below freezing north of a line from Lufkin to Austin and Del Rio At 4 a.m., Marfa was the coolest with 15 degrees, while at Brownsville it was a comparatively mild 50 The forecast for North Texas calls for mostly fair skies tonight and partly cloudy conditions Friday. Lows should l>e in the 20s and 30s, while highs should be mostly in the 40s West Texas should be generally fair through Friday with lows in the teens and 20s and highs ranging from near 40 in the Panhandle to the bos in the Big Bend. South Texas should be partly to mostly cloudy through Friday with a slight chance of rain Forecast North Texas: Mostly fair tonight. Partly cloudy Friday. Lows tonight 24 to 33 Highs Friday 42 to 51. West Texas:    Generally    fair through Friday. Lows tonight mid teens mountains to near 20 Panhan die to near 30 Big Bend. Highs Friday near 40 Panhandle to 68 Big Bend. South Texas: Partly cloudy north to mostly cloudy south with a slight chance of rain tonight. Sunny north to mostly cloudy south with a slight chance of rain Friday Lows tonight in the Mis north to the 40s and near 50 south Highs Friday upper 40s to mid 50s north and mid to upper 50s south. Port Arthur to Port O’Connor . Northeast winds lo to 15 knots tonight becoming north and northeast near 20 knots Friday Seas 4 to b feet tonight. Partly cloudy tonight. Mostly cloudy Friday. Port O'Connor to Brownsville: North and northeast winds IO to 15 knots tonight. 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