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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 28, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Fuel cost hikes prompt calls for investigation WASHINGTON (AP) — Angry homeowners, besieged oil delivery companies and governors across the Northeast are calling on federal officials to find out why home heating oil prices skyrocketed this month to their highest levels ever. See Page 2 Fire crews battle hundreds of blazes LUFKIN (AP) — Texas Forest Service officials, stretched thin by an above-average number of grass fires this week, are not foreseeing any rain in the near future to put an end to their woes. See Page 4 Cfh SV boys overpower the Minutemen, 69-60 The first time Smithson Valley played Memorial in a boys basketball game, the Rangers pulled out an overtime victory. In Wednesday’s rematch, SV built an 18-point lead and held on for a 69-60 victory as the team stretched its winning streak to three games. See Page 10 New Braunfels Thursday December 28, 1989 25 Cents Vol. 138, No. 34 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144One Section, 12 Pages Quake destroys homes, kills ll NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — A strong earthquake today crumbled buildings and homes in this southeastern city, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than IOO, officials said. The army was called in to help prevent looting. Some reports said as many as 30 people died in Newcastle, an industrial hub of 500,000 people about 75 miles north of Sydney. Hundreds of thousands of homes were reported without electricity. Rescue workers frantically hunted for victims in the rubble. The quake, which measured 5.5 on the Richter scale, struck at 10:28 a.m. Police said it was the first in Australian history to strike a heavily populated arca. "It felt like there was someone under my bedroom floor who lifted the house,” said one Newcastle resident, who reported two aftershocks. The worst damage appeared to be at a workers’ club where drinkers, relaxing after night-shift work, were crushed by collapsed walls, police said. At least eight people died there, See QUAKE, Page 2 Missing woman found dead after car wreck A Comal County woman who had been missing since Dec. 22 was found dead in Mexico Wednesday, according to James Emory of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. She apparently died in a car wreck. Dorothy Haltom, 67, was last seen at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22 when she left her Canyon Lake home to pick up her husband at McKenna Memorial Hospital. She never arrived at the hospital and witnesses said she may have left the house that day without a coat. Family members told officials that Mrs. Haltom had a history of wandering off because of a physical condition which affected her memory and impaired hci judgment. Emory said Mrs. Hallom’s husband Walter was con tacted by the Mexican Consulate and told she had been killed in a car wreck in Zacatc/as, Mexico. Officials there did not suspected foul play and said she had been killed as a result of the accident. The family is making arrangements to have the body brought here. Emory said the department waded through several calls from people who believed they had seen cither Haltom or her car. He said he had entered her name and description and the description of the car into a nationwide computer network ! Ie said Mexican officials recognized the woman from the computer information. NB police report 45 holiday crimes Taking it easy This youngster is taking advantage of the warm weather following last weekend’s record-breaking cold to tempt the fish in Landa Lake. The young boy rigged up a fishing line and found a ‘perch’ in one of the trees along the lake in Landa Park. (Photo by Desmond Bostick) The holiday season is a time of hap-pincsss, but it is also a time for crime. New Braunfels Police Department answered calls for 45 various crimes over the long Christmas weekend. Of the 45 crimes there were five reported cases of family violence, five driving-whilc-intoxicatcd arrests, eight public intoxication cases, and four arrests for minors in possession of alcohol. "That is pretty typical for a holiday that is connected with alcohol,” said Martin Mayer, spokesman for the police department. "Forty-five crimes in four days is not abnormally high. In fact, it was as much as we sometimes get on regular weekends.” Mayer said on a regular weekend there arc 30 to 35 crimes reported. He said the number of reported family violence cases is not unusual, because the Christmas holiday is a prime time for family violence. “During the holidays, families get together and petty problems come up and in some cases people arc more depressed and aggravated because of the expectations during Christmas,” Mayer said. "But some weekends there are just as many cases of family See CRIME, Page 2 Romanians set deadline for Securitate surrender BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The revolutionary government warned security police holdouts to surrender today or face summary justice, and said most officials who served under Nicolac Ceausescu will not lose their jobs. Comeliu Bogdan, the new deputy foreign minister, said most of the bureaucrats who worked in government during the executed president’s 24 years of repressive rule need not fear. “They are not all criminals, they were at the most too servile and obedient. We must try lo avoid a witchhunt at any costs,” he told reporters. Most of the country was calm Wednesday, two days after Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by firing squad after being convicted by a military tribunal of “genocide” and other grave crimes against the people. The government said members of Ccauscs-cu’s ruthless security police, or Securitate, would face a similar fate if they did not turn themselves in by this afternoon. Securitate units terrorized Romanians over the weekend, killing hundreds in an attempt to crush the popular revolt that, thanks to the support of the military, toppled Ceausescu on Friday. “If they surrender voluntarily, with their weapons, they will be tried and the death penalty will not be applied,” said a communique read on Bucharest radio Wednesday. Since Ccauscscu’s body was shown on state television Tuesday, Securitate forces have been reported surrendering en masse, though no figures have been provided. International aid and messages of support City waiting for word on grant for airport New Braunfels Municipal Airport is close to receiving a gram from the Federal Aviation Administration to develop a master plan for the facility. Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo said the FAA has all bul approved the application for the grant, but is waiting on the federal government to release the funds. The grant is for $52,000 and will be used to pay Archie Walker Engineering to develop the airport’s master plan. "Hopefully, the study will tell us if we need more runways, longer runways or things like a terminal area,” Tamayo said. “If the FAA accepts the master plan, we will use it as a guide to develop the airport. Once we get the gram it should not take long for the plan to be completed. The Archie Walker firm has already done some work on it.” Tamayo said he expects the grant lo be approved sometime in January, and the plan should lake two months to complete. “As they proceed they will determine if there is an environmental impact study needed, that will take some lime and throw up the price,” Tamayo said. “The engineer will make that determination and tell the FAA and then we will allocate the S** AIRPORT, Pag* 2 NBU board to consider connection agreement The City of Schertz will become connected with the New Braunfels sewer system as well as the services of the New Braunfels Utilities if approved in the NBU’s 3:30 p.m. meeting today. The NBU board of trustees is scheduled to vote on approval of a memorandum of understanding with Schertz so that city may be connected with NBU. In other business, trustees will vote to approve the contract for installation of dechlorination equipment for the North Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant. The trustees will also vote to approve the Victoria Bank and Trust as the utilities’ authorized investment bank, while also establishing an account with the bank. There will also be a vote to approve PaineWebber Inc. as the authorized investment dealer for the utilities. Chugging down the line While friends and neighbors back East are dealing with snow and ice, visitors to New Braunfels have warm weather in which to enjoy outdoor activities. The miniature train in Landa Park takes a few on a scenic ride. (Photo by Desmond Bostick) continued to pour into Romania Wednesday, and a member of the 37-meinbcr ruling Natiotial Salvation Committee assured Romanians — who lack a democratic tradition — that die provisional government intends to build a democracy. "We want Romania to become a member of the free civilized world,” Dumitru Ma/ilu, vice chairman of the new leadership, told reporters. "Romania is no longer a Communist country. See ROMANIA, Page 2 Cities set new highs for murder By MITCHELL LANDSBERG Associated Press Writer Murder rales soared to new highs in some of the nation’s largest cities in 1989, but at least eight cities saw a surprising drop in homicides. Police were quick to blame crack for homicide records that were set in at least seven cities, but they were less certain about why there was less killing elsewhere. One official suggested that violence may have ebbed in cities where drug dealers have already won their turf wars by killing off rivals and dividing up territory. Final 1989 statistics in most cities won’t be prepared for at least several weeks, but a preliminary survey by The Associated Press of police departments in more than 30 cities shows that the number of homicides rose in most of them. “A large amount of the increase has to do with the violence associated with the drug trade,” said Hubert Williams, executive director of the Police Foundation. Police officials across the nation echoed his statement. More homicides were committed this year than ever before in Washington, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Charlotte, N.C., and New Haven, Conn SM MURDER, Pag* 2 This afternoon will be sunny but the fog will move back in tonight and in the morning. Today’s high will be 70 degrees with an overnight low of 52 degrees. Friday’s high will be 75 degrees before a cool front moves into the area dropping the highs to the 50s for the weekend. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-12 COMICS...................................... 8 CROSSWORD..............................3 DEAR ABBY........................ 6 HOROSCOPE .    ...    8 KALEIDOSCOPE................... 6 SCRAPBOOK................................9 SPORTS..................................10-11 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch Applications for emergency farm loans for losses caused by drought are being accepted at the Fanners Home Administration office in Seguin. Comal County is one of 18 in Texas recently named by Secretary of Agriculture Clayton Ycuttcr as eligible for loans to cover part of actual production losses resulting from die drought FmHA County Supervisor l^irry Goetzc said farmers may be eligible for loans of up to 80 percent of their actual losses or the operating loan needed to continue in business of $500,000, which is less. For farmers unable to obtain credit from private commercial lenders, the interest rate is 4 5 percent. "As a general rule, a farmer must have suffered at least a 30 percent loss of production to be eligible for an FniHA emergency loan," he said. Fanners participating in die P1K or Federal Crop Insurance programs will have to figure in proceeds from those programs in determining their loss “Applications for loans under this emergency designation will be accepted until July 17, but fanners should apply as soon as possible. Delays in applying could create backlogs in processing and possibly over into the new farming season," he said. The FmHA office is at 210 E. Live Oak in Seguin and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday dirough Friday. Call 379-0932 for more information.... At 7 p.m. tonight, Circle Arts Theatre will host auditions at die theatre for Vikings, the opening show of its 22nd season. The comedy-drama by Stephen Metcalf is a relatively new script, having been produced only twice be I orc in the state. "It’s virtually unknown in Central Texas, and that’s exciting to me," said dnec-tor Elizabeth Elliott "It’s scary but challenging to showcase a new piece of work. Of course, being in love with the material always helps, and I am.” The story line develops around three contemporary men: Yens Larsen in his mid-60s; his son, SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 ;