New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Donations continue to come in as the Cheer Fund drive heads down the home stretch, as eight more contributions were received Tuesday.
And, due to the tremendous response from the community, the Herald Zeitung will be able to feed 120 local families this Christmas, far exceeding our original goal for this year of IOO, and last year’s total of 60.
The Herald-Zeitung chipped in $100 to the pot Tuesday, while William Waechter ($25), Mrs. Hazel Smith ($20), Elizabeth Rothaermel and Helen Kelly ($5) and Mark Moore (food) added their donations. Two donors who wish to remain
anonymous gave us $25 and additional food.
That puts us over the $3,000 mark with a current balance of $3,156.76.
Of special importance is the donation from Mrs. Smith, mother of Herald-Zeitung reporter Jacqueline Smith, who died in an auto accident last July. We cannot and will not forget Jackie, and we appreciate your remembering us and Comal County this holiday season.
The drive winds up Friday, but you can still bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S. Casten during regular business hours: 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mail a monetary contribution to Post Office Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131.
If you would like to donate food but can’t bring it by, Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can call him at 625-9144.
We sincerely appreciate your help.
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Louisiana man suspected in service station fire
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A West Monroe, La., man has been indicted for arson, in connection with a Sept. 20 blaze that destroyed Norman’s Texaco on Highway 81.
Everette E. Rhoden was among 21 individuals indicted on 24 felony counts by a Comal County Grand Jury Tuesday. He was arrested Sept. 21 for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, in connection with a 1957 Chevrolet truck taken from the service station before it burned.
Oklahoma resident Charles Dale Brodrick was indicted Tuesday for burglary of a habitation with intent to
commit murder and burglary of a habitation with commission of aggravated assault.
Police reports indicate Brodrick, 23, broke into a Vista Del Sol apartment at 4:30 a.m. Dec. I, shot and beat its occupant Joni Gilliland, and then shot himself.
Michael Anthony Rosales, 18, of 115 Rodriguez was indicted for kidnapping and kidnappping with intent to sexually abuse, in connection with a Sept. 19 incident.
Police reports indicate the 18-year-old female victim, also of New Braunfels, was casually acquainted with Rosales, who asked her to give him a ride. He forced her, at knife point, to drive to a deserted spot on Nacogdoches Road, but she got
away with a knife wound to the hand, a few bruises and some cuts and scrapes on her feet and legs.
Five indictments on Tuesday’s list were re-indictments from the Sept. 21 Grand Jury session. Jose Angel Padilla and Genaro Alegria III, both of Route 6, Box 432-H New Braels, Guadalupe Patino of 156 S. West End, and Domingo U. Campos and Marcos Campos, both of Route 6, Box 437. New Braunfels, were each indicted for criminal mischief over $200 but less than $10,000.
The criminal mischief charges stemmed from an Aug. 21 incident, where windows
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Heater blamed for Tuesday fire
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn blames a kerosene heater for the fire that destro>ed a home off Gruene Road Tuesday.
Friesenhahn said all the evidence points to a malfunction of the heater, which was built into the mobile home. The alarm came at 1:57 pm Shift captain Robert Partida said his firefighters had the blaze under control less than IO minutes after they arrived on the scene. But they couldn't save the house
"I think you could say the house was a total loss.” Partida said.
The mobile home was one of three rental units
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Reagan reaffirms Mideast pledge
WASHINGTON (AP* - President Reagan, isserting his determination to keep Marines in >banon as long as they are needed, says he may lave made a ‘ bad choice of words" in suggesting a collapse of the lebanese government could lead to in early withdrawal.
At a year-end news conference dominated by questions on Lebanon. Reagan said Tuesday night that halting American casualties in the divided Middle East country and a continuing economic recovery could make 1984 a better year for him Rut he declared that “we can’t Just turn away" from the Middle East.
The president was continuing his emphasis on the region today, meeting with Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamal Bassan All.
Calling the Middle East "a tinderbox ... the one place that could start a war that no one wanted." Reagan said U.S. Marines will be withdrawn "as quickly as it is possible ... rn accomplishing our mission "
The president tempered a declaration made last week that a complete collapse of governmental authority in Lebanon might be reason to bring the troops home and said the remark was not intended to signal an imminent withdrawal.
Only "a complete change of course" in which the U S. troops were no longer wanted — or achievement of the U.S. goal in Lebanon — would bring the troops out. The U.S goal is an extension of governmental authority and a departure of all foreign forces — Palestinian. Israeli and Syrian — from lebanon,
"Now, the stumbling block still seems to be Syria.” he said.
Sen. Barry Goldv*ater, R-Ariz., among the conservatives who have called for immediate withdrawal of the Marines, said after the news conference that he still disagrees with Reagan but "if he wants to move his troops where he has. that's up to him" as commander in chief.
At the same time, Coldwater said. "I really believe he's looking for a way to get the Marines out and I think he's found it and I think in a shorter time than we expected the troops will be home."
Coldwater did not elaborate.
It was a chatty president who lingered at the end of the broadcast news conference, his 21st since taking office nearly three years ago, to answer some shouted questions.
He said 1963 had been a good year for him "except for a lot of phone calla that I've had to make and some letters" to relatives of the more than 250 U S. servicemen killed this year in Lebanon and Grenada
What could make 1964 better?
"Not making those phone calls, writing those letters, and the continuation of the (economic) recovery; and I'm sure it will continue," he replied.
He returned to a lectern, decorated with six potted red poinssettia plants, to insist that the deployment of the Marines would not be based on political considerations.
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A firefighter wets down a smoldering couch from the trailer
Three hurt in head-on crash
Three people were taken to Northeast Baptist Hospital after a head-on collision at 3.30 a m. Wednesday, but none were reported to be critically injured
A Schertz ambulance took two men and a woman, all in their 20s, to San Antonio from the scene of the crash on IH 35, just north of FM 2252 There were two cars involved, one dnven by a 21-year-old male who suffered multiple lacerations and had a "large bump on his forehead," said an Emergency Medical
The other car was occupied by a couple from Dallas. The spokesman reported the woman’s nose was bleeding. Except for that, the couple had no obvious injuries, but they went to the hospital to make sure.
A full report on the accident, handled by local Department of Public Safety troopers, was not available at press time.
Firefighters search through the remainsFellers hires new deputies for department
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Four patrol deputies, three jailers and a new dispatcher will join the Comal County Sheriff’s Department force, according to Sheriff Walter Fellers.
The new employees will begin work Jan. 1,1984.
The new positions were requested by Fellers and approved in the 1964 budget adopted by the Comal County Commissioners Court.
Although Fellers would not release the names of the new employees, he said most of the new positions were being hired outside the current jail staff.
The new deputies will join the current force of IO officers.
"With four extra patrol deputies, we can give Comal County better coverage," Fellers said.
Noting the exact coverage areas have not been defined yet, Fellers said the department "will put Blam in different tactions of tho county ."
The three jailers will join six current jailers. According to the sheriff, women will be hired for at iaaatonof the jobs.
The new dispatcher will join two full-time and one part-time employees.InsideArctic Hoops
It was cold — really cold — in the Smithson Valley gym Tuesday night, and the New Braunfels Unicorns wore just as cold. But the Rangerettes weren’t, and their hot start helped them beat New Braunfels, IMI. Sports. Rateletters to Santa
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Tho San Antonia Spurs took an alMr-osthing approach to an overtime game with tho Washington Bullets Tuesday and came away with nothing. Sports. Rob# BA.
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No relief in sight
New cold wave brings more snow to Midwest
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Arctic weather already blamed for 36 deaths relented just long enough today to glaze highways from Texas to Indiana with freezing rain that caused "wrecks everywhere," while a new blast of cold sent the mercury in Montana down to 33 below zero.
The eastern reaches of a snowstorm that rumbled down from the Rockies today spread through Nebraska, where IO inches fell by late Tuesday, and South Dakota. Kansas, Indiana and Missouri. Forecasters predicted the snow would probably hit Ohio full strength tonight as it took aim on the Great Ukes region.
"It doesn’t look too bright for the central United States,” Hugh Crowther of the government’s Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, Mo., said today. He said the new cold wave would push across the Plains into the Ohio Valley and hang on "through the weekend."
In Oregon, a small but pesky storm stalled dozens of vehicles Tuesday night in the Willamette Valley, dropping only about 2 inches of snow but prompting "many, many calls from people concerned about their kids on their way home from college" for Christmas, said state police Maj. Tom Phillips. Schools in Polk County were closed today.
Where snow wasn’t a problem today,Local Storm Watch
A winter storm watch is rn effect tonight and Thursday mommy Today will be cloudy, with dn//ie and light ram arid a high temperature in the 40s it s expected to drop into trie upper 20s by late afternoon, with en 80 percent chance of freezing ram and snow North winds of 6^0 miles per flour will increase to 16 20 mph. Tonight will be cloudy and much colder, with a 60 percent chance of freezing rain mined with snow. perhaps as much as an inch Winds will be from Ute north at I016 mph, and the low will be rn the mid 20s Thursday will be cloudy and cold, with a 30 percent chance of sleet or snow ending by early afternoon and a high near 30 Winds will be from the north at 6^ 10 mph
motorists in states along the Rocky Mountains storm’s southern edge faced treacherous conditions as warm air turned precipitation to rain — which froze up again as it hit the ground.
"Every wrecker in town is doing a good business tonight," said a slate trooper in Madisonville, Ky. The same conditions spread through northern Texas, louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas on Tuesday rught and early today.
An Oklahoma woman died on ice-covered Interstate 35 Tuesday night when her car slid across a median and slammed into an oncoming truck. Police closed a 20-uule stretch of U.S. 270 from Hartshorn to Wilburton early today when it became impassable.
In South Dakota, an Ozark Airlines DC-9 jetliner collided with a snow sweeper after landing at Sioux Falls Airport on Tuesday, ripping a wing off the plane and starting a fire. AU 82 people aboard the plane escaped injury but the driver of the sweeper was kUled.
At least 25 records for cold weather fell or were tied Tuesday, with a reading of 24 below zero breaking a 101-year-old record of 17 below for the date in Cheyenne, Wyo. The low hit minus 40 in International Falls. Mum., breaking a record set in 1970, while Topeka, Kan., had a low of mums 16, or 12 degrees lower than the record set rn 1924.
And there was no relief rn sight as more cold air swept into Montana today, sending temperatures down to mums 33 in Bozeman.
"My kingdom for a chinook.’’ said a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Great Falls, Mont., longing for the warm wind that sometimes offers the West its only relief from winter’s cold.
With winds picking up. the wind-chiU in Montana could be 60 to 90 below zero on Thursday, the forecaster said.