New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Hostages freedom still rests on return of shah's wealth
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS “Therefore, we have suggested the U.S. place
a guaranteed deposit with the Algerian govern-
Iran’s prune minister said Saturday that a ment and whatever amount of the shah’s wealth
demand for returning the late shah’s wealth wa- is cleared up we will take from that deposit," he
the only potential problem among the Iranian said
terms for release of the 52 U.S. hostages Tehran Ka jai said Iran had demanded the amount of radio said it was up to Washington to decide ihi- deposit be held at a particular level which he
whether to accept the terms or leave its (j1(j not reveal. If Iran claimed money from the
Christmas tree unlighted next year, too." deposit the United States would be expected to
Prune Minister Mohammad Ali Ka jai said restore the funds to the minimum level, he said
Iran had no precise information about the exact in an interview with the state radio,
amount of the wealth of the late Shah Kajai said Iran had "stuck completely to the
Mohammad Keza Pahlavi, who fled Iran during conditions set out by the Majlis and as long as a
the 1979 Iranian revolution and died at his ( aire portion of these conditions arc unfulfilled the
home-in-exile last summer. hostages cannot go out from Iran." Hut he added
“all the issues between us and the United States in relation to the hostages are solvable."
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Commissioners to open bids for sheriff's autos
Comal County commissioners will open bids for two sheriff’s department cars at then-regular meeting Monday.
The commissioners will meet in the Commissioners Courtroom at 1:30 p.m.
Two weeks ago the commissioners agreed to advertise for two cars to replace two sheriff’s investigator vehicles. The vehicles would be purchased from a lot in town, County Judge Max Wommack said.
The commissioners will also discuss acceptance of County Auditor Bate Bond’s recommendation of a computer for the auditor’s office.
The commissioners two weeks ago opened a bid from Burroughs Corp. of San Antonio for
$49,600 and a bid from Justice Information Management Inc. of Austin for $24,340.
The county has $27,000 in its budget for a computer, Bond said.
The commissioners also will consider approval of a resolution extending the ambulance service contract and the fire service contract between New Braunfels and the county for fiscal year 1981.
Also on the agenda is consideration of final plat approval on flange Subdivision and Hillcrest Estates Subdivision, discussion of tax assessor bond approval to the governor and discussion concerning the establishment of a postage fund for the county tax assessor-collector’s office.Burglary: Police unable to cope with increase
By PATRICIA YZNAGA Staff writer
One of the problems New Braunfels faces as a growing community is a rising burglary rate.
Burglaries of homes and businesses in the community are growing, Et. Felix Roque of the New Braunfels Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, said.
Although the year is not over, burglary statistics for 1980 are higher than they were last year. Police records last week showed 357 burglaries for the year, compared with 301 in 1977, 217 in 1978 and 253 in 1979.
Two factors — continued community growth
and an understaffed police department — contribute to the rate growth, Et. John McEachern of the patrol division said.
McEachern said the crime rate was growing in proportion to the city’s growth.
“The city’s getting bigger — more people, more problems,” he said.
Burglaries are no longer limited to certain areas in the city, Roque said.
“Our crime wave has come all over town," he explained.
An understaffed police force struggles to combat the burglary problem, the lieutenants said.
Changes have been made in personnel
schedules to concentrate on burglaries, McEachern said.
“We’re casting about for an answer," he said. "The more people you’ve got out, (the more) it will knock a dent into it (burglary problem)."
Another way to prevent burglaries “is to get the people of New Braunfels to give a damn and check other people’s houses as they do their own,” Roque said.
Two neighborhood watch projects exist in the community to prevent home burglaries. The watch program consists of people “keeping a eye on each other’s house," McEachern said.
So far, the projects have been successful, Roque said.
"We haven’t had any burglaries out there that we know of,” he said.
Although most persons involved in burglaries range from the late teens to the middle 20s, younger persons are becoming involved in the burglaries of homes and businesses, McEachern said.
"A good percentage of the juvenile offenders have learned to take advantage of the inadequacy of the Texas Family Code, which regulates the prosecution of juveniles," he explained.
Police are always playing catch-up in major crimes, McEachern said.
"If we stand still, we’re falling behind,” Roque said. “There’s no way we can keep up with a
growing problem if we’re riot on it all the time."
Because the department is understaffed, "we work on only the most serious crimes — major assaults, robberies, burglaries," Roque said. He added that for a force of its size covering a community the size of New Braunfels (police estimate they cover a 23-square-mile area), the department has a good crime clearance rate.
The department’s priority scale "gives us very little time to work on our narcotics problem," Roque said. “If you say we don’t have a narcotics problem, you’ve got your head in the sand."
Burglary is “a very complex problem,” McEachern said. “If anyone comes up and says they have an answer they’re lying.”
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New Braunfels, TexasChrysler rigidity brings warning
DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Corp. is making a mistake by taking a rigid stance in its attempt to get its employees to accept a wage freeze,
United Auto Workers union President Douglas A. Fraser warned Saturday.
“No one can dictate to us. It’s we who are making the sacrifices," Fraser said at a news conference.
Fraser met with reporters to announce that he had wired President-elect Ronald Reagan proposing an "emergency summit meeting on the crisis in the auto industry," involving government, labor arid industry leaders. Fraser said the nation is facing the “literal collapse’’ of one of its most crucial industries.’’
Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca said last week that Chrysler workers must accept a wage freeze and benefits cuts amounting to $600 million. He said the company has nothing to offer workers in return for contract concessions, “except their jobs."
Iacocca said the company’s survival plan which includes the wage freeze until September 1982 — was "rigid" and not subject to bargaining. "The pieces have to come together, or the mosaic will fall right off the wall," he said.
But Fraser countered Saturday, "If you’re rigid, the wall’s going to collapse."
Fraser said that in his telegram to Reagan, he repeated previous LIAW proposals calling for tax credits for trading in cars with low fuel mileage on fuel efficient domestic models and a requirement that high volume importers produce a significant part of the car in the U.S. or Canada.
He said he thought Regan was concerned about the auto industry’s problems and “ought to be interested in 200,000 jobs," the approximate number of autoworkers currently on indefinite
On Monday the 200-member Chrysler Council, consisting of officers of Chrysler local unions, will meet to determine whether they should reopen negotiations on a contract already reduced once this year.
In an interview published Saturday by the Detroit News, Fraser said he favored reopening the contract for negotiations, but he added:
“I would argue strenuously that we shouldn’t have any preset conditions nor should we accept Chryslers proposal as terms of negotiations. From what I read in the paper, Iacocca seemed very arbitrary and you can’t negotiate that way."
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
A 17-year-old woman died when a fire swept through a trailer here early Saturday morning, despite frantic rescue efforts by her common-law husband and neighbors.
Barbara Gray was trapped inside a rented trailer at the Walnut Mobile Home Community on IH-35 South. Her body was found in a rear room by firemen. Exact cause of death is unknown.
Robert Ortiz Jr., who lived with Gray and escaped the blazing structure, tried to reenter through a rear window with the help of Orville James, a neighbor. He finally had to be restrained, another neighbor reported.
“There were just flames everywhere.
I’ve never seen it go so fast. He couldn’t get back in — no way," the neighbor said.
The fire started about 1:35 a.m.,
Assistant Fire Chief Robert Partida said.
Ortiz was treated at McKenna Memorial Hospital for a minor hand laceration and released. He is staying at his grandmother’s house, a relative reported.
Ortiz was described as hysterical by some neighbors.
“He’s taking it real bad,” confirmed David Ortiz, his uncle, as he surveyed the ruined trailer Saturday afternoon.
His nephew told him the trailer was already afire when the two awoke, he said, their blanket smoldering.
“He told me Barbara went back in to get some clothes. He ran around and broke the glass on his back door, but it was kept chained because someone had tried to break in once. Then they tried the back window.
"He wanted to die with her. He was screaming “You should have let me burn with her,’ while he was at the hospital," his uncle said.
"They were common-law married, but were thinking of getting married after the New Year,’’ he said.
Partida said the first call came in about 1:52 a.m. from what he guessed was a neighbor. Three units responded to the call.
A neighbor said he moved his automobiles away from the fire, and gave a coat to Ortiz, who was clad only in blue
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A grim John Zuschlag surveys ruins from the living room