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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Orange juice prices jump following freeze ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Orange juice prices leaped on the futures market after a weekend freeze overwhelmed Florida and Texas citrus groves, but experts said consumers may escape big price increases because of a bumper crop in Brazil. Seepages Cranberries create harvest of good ideas According to folklore, the Pilgrims throught the cranberry resembled the head of a crane — hence the name is contracted from the two words — Crane and Berry. This refreshing, tart berry is rich in taste and history. See Page 7 Spurs raid Hornets for 7th straight win * The San Antonio Spurs won their seventh straight and 12th out of 13th win with a 107-82 victory at Charlotte. NBA Player of the Week Terry Cummings scored a season-high 32. WO09    isttlUG 410 -ct 81^    ‘ SO-WE yAHEELL 22/99 96 See Page 12 Out with old Dwayne McCrary of New Braunfels didn't waste any time in taking advantage of the Christmas Tree Recycling Project sponsored by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities. The third annual program allows the discarded trees to be ground into mulch for use by the parks department in plant beds and high-traffic areas for erosion control and water conservation. More than 1,500 trees were donated to the effort last year, which saved the city nearly $40C because it did not have to bu) mulch. Trees, such as the one below still decorated with a string of popcorn, may be dropped off in the parking lot at the spring-fed pool in Landa Park. The program ends Jan. 12. (Photos by Desmond Bostick) Additional charges filed in cattle theft The plot thickens and charges pile up as Comal County Sheriffs deputies continue to unfold a case of cattle theft and slaughter and vehicle theft. Deputy Investigator Alan Trollin-gcr of the Comal Sheriff’s office said Harold Morris had been released on bond on charges of felony theft of cattle and felony theft of meat. Another person, James Bradley Hand, was arrested in connection with the alleged crimes. Hand is charged with four counts of theft, possession of stolen property, and theft of meat. He is also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and felony possession of stolen property including two vehicle burglaries and one vehicle theft. A vehicle which Morris said he owned at the time of his arrest turned up as reported stolen by a San Antonio man. The vehicle was reportedly found later at Hand’s residence. Dry conditions add to danger The dry conditions in Texas during the past few months have made fire hazards out of grass, trees anil brush making outside burning extremely dangerous. “Along with bunting outside being extremely dangerous with every thing so dry, it is also illegal,” said Lt. Wesley Meyer of the New Braunfels Fire Department. ‘There is a city ordinance about bunting trash or brush inside the city limits.” There is a great deal of potential for wildfires, Meyer saiu. With the temperature, the humidity and tile extended dry spell the area has been experiencing have contributed to the potential for wildfires. “Our biggest concern is that people in the city be aware that fires with grass can get out of control rapidly," Meyer said. ‘Things like grass, trees and trash arc potentially very combustible with the dry conditions we have been under, and with a lot of strong steady w ind we’ve been experiencing, something like a grass fire would spread rapidly.” Since Dec. 20 the Fire Department in the city has responded to 20 fire calls. Since Christmas Day, there have been two trash fires reported and See FIRES, Page 2 Troops surround Vatican Embassy Woman dies in wreck A Houston woman was killed near Bulverde when the car in which she was riding slammed into an oak tree on Obst Road in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. Texas Department of Public Safely Trooper G.S. Lozano reported dial Ellen Joy Cooley was killed when the two-door Mazda left the roadway and struck an oak nee on Obst Road, about three miles south of Bulverde. The driver of the car, Theodore L. Zillcr, 31, of San Antonio, suffered minor injuries but was not hospitalized. Another passenger, Thomas Benjamin Dupnik, 24, of Houston, was transported to Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio where he was treated for minor injuries. Cooley was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown through the windshield, according to reports. Tile cause of death is listed as massive head injuries. Zillcr was wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred. Lozano reported the accident occurred at about 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 24 when the car Zillcr was driving apparently entered a left curve and ran off the road onto a dirt shoulder. The car continued through a barbed wire fence and struck the tree. Ziller apparently fled the scene of the accident and charges are pending, according lo the DPS. He was later located at his residence. Ziller said he had been forced off the road by another vehicle. Lozano reported the incident is still under investigation. PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) -U.S. troops pestered the Vatican Embassy today after their commander failed in hours of curbside diplomacy to break a stalemate over die status of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega. Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro said iii Italy today that there was no legal way the Holy See could hand over Noriega to U.S. authorities. The ousted dictator took refuge in the Vatican Embassy on Christmas Eve. Before dawn, a company of American soldiers paraded [last the embassy. American troops mowed down a field of tall grass alongside die embassy overnight and shot out all working street lights w ith a pellet gun. On Tuesday, U.S. soldiers searched the Vatican representative. Monsignor Sebastian Laboa, and his car as he left the embassy, apparently to pre vent Noriega from being spirited out. After a week of fighting, order returned to Panama City. Crews cleared mounds of garbage left from wild looting sprees dial emptied shelves, and many people returned to work. The U.S. military reported only scattered clashes with Noriega loyalists Tuesday. A few members of his Defense Forces were arrested and many surrendered. On die third day of negotiations over Noriega’s fate, Gen. Maxwell Thurman, w ho commands U.S. forces in Central and South America, posted himself outside the Vatican Embassy for nearly six hours Tuesday afternoon. He met three times with Laboa in See VATICAN, Page 2 Safe City to kick off 1990 with teen dance Members of die New Braunfels Safe City Commission want 1990 to be the beginning of a drug-free decade and will welcome the New Year with a drug-free dance Thursday for local teens. The dance will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 7 to 11 p.m. Teen-agers can enjoy food, alcohol-free beverages and the music of Pflash Gordon, a disk jockey service, at the dance. Admission for the party is $1. “It is called a Drug Free Decade Dance," said Commission Director Don Ferguson. “It is our hope that die 1990s are a drug free decade. We will be working to make the community as drug free as possible.” Ferguson said the dance was set for Thursday because students are out of school on Christmas break it was a good time to give them something to do. “It is an affordable way to enjoy the last few days of the Christmas holidays,” Ferguson said. ‘They can ring in die new year a little early and have fun without drugs or alcohol.” The dance is targeted toward middle school and early high school students, and will be chaperoned by members of the commission. The drug-free dance is just one of several activities planned by die commission in the coming year. Future plans include a community march against drugs and another Red Ribbon week. “This is the first drug-free dance we have put on,” Ferguson said. “But hopefully there will be many, many more." County-wide search Area law enforcement officials searching for clues after family reports woman missing before holiday By JOE KJNCHELOC Staff writer Comal County law enforcement officials are searching for a woman win) was reported missing Dec. 22. Any information about the woman should be reported to the Comal Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Inspector Alan Trollinger said Dorothy Earnest ne Haltom, 67, was last seal at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 when she left her Comal County home to pick up her husband, Walter Hayes Haltom from McKenna Hospital. Haltom’® husband had been hospitalized because of complications of diabetes. She was last seen driving a 1987 blue Buick four-door sedan bearing Texas license plate number S83-QLE. She is described as a white female, 5 feet tall md weighing 122 pounds. She has blond, graying hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. Also, she walks with a slight limp, according to Trollinger. Officials combed the county in search of the woman or her car and retraced the route from her house to tile hospital, searching for clues to the disappearance. Reports indicate she may have had a condition w Inch could impair memory. Witnesses said she may have left home without a coat. Again, she rover showed up to pick up her husband. Witnesses say the woman is from Houston, talks about ter former life there often, and may have returned there. Trollinger said no signs of foul play were found at the residence and police have not recovered the vehicle. A sw, Waller Haltom IU, of Dallas picked up his father at the hospital and returned to Dallas with him. No information has been received by die husband or the son regarding the woman’s whereabouts. Hand apparently killed three cattle belonging to Don Stcgal and walked cross-country to the Dean Word ranch where he allegedly shot another cow. He apparently then burglarized a building and took a four-wheel-dri vc Isu/.u, a rifle, and several saddles. Hand reportedly returned later that evening to continue cutting up the meat. Six cattle in all were killed — three See CASE, Page 2 Good Day rn This afternoon will be mostly sunny with a few clouds with a high near 72 degrees. The overnight low' will be 47 degrees. Dense fog will blanket the area Thursday morning. The high will be 66 degrees and the low will be 52 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................14-15 COMICS.......................................10 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY...............................11 ENTERTAINMENT......................11 HOROSCOPE..............................10 KALEIDOSCOPE...........................7 OPINIONS......................................4 SPORTS..................................12-13 TV LISTINGS...............................10 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch The Comal County Interagency Gathering scheduled for January will be hosted by Bowling Green Hospital. It will be held at the Comal Mental Health Clinic, 511 North St., Jan. 4 at 11 a m. Please note this change in location from announcements previously sent out. Anyone involved in social services is welcome to attend.... Kmart Manager Walt Miller reports the annual Children’s Christmas Tree campaign was out standing this year. More than 200 children whose names were placed on the tree received toys and clothing from Kmart customers who sponsored them. That number is more than double the number of youngsters helped last year and Miller says Thanks’ to everyone who participated.... Rather than spending the first few weeks of die IWO academie year tel mid a book, New Braunfels resident Heather WihkIs will be among 21 Austin College students getting to know the •• "is and sounds of one of the most famous cines in the world Paris. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Carr, Heather is enrolled in the course, “Paris: Ville Lumierc” for the college’s annual January term and from Jan. 8 to tho (list week of February, students explore one topic in depth. Like Woods, many chose to study abroad. Heather’s course will offer an extensive survey of the French capital and not only will the students learn about the city’s history, they also will study its architecture, neighborhoods, trails -poi union system and restaurants. The Paris trip is one of more than 60 January term courses offered by Austin College In addition to die French tour, Austin College students will he studying in England, Mexico, the Soviet Union, West Germany, New York and New Mexico. Have a good time, Heather, can we go, too?.... Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jim Mattox last week STAMMTISCH, Pagt 2 ;