New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns, Cougars vie in showdown tonight
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Rangerettes' rally fall short 49-47
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an faces hit-and-run charge
y DANA STELL aff writer
A hit-and-run accident Thursday afternoon sent a 28-ear-old motorcycle rider to McKenna Memorial ospital, where he was in stable condition this morning. Shortly after the accident, New Braunfels police aught up with the driver of a 1963 Comet that allegedly d pulled out in front of the motorcycle at the in-rsection of Market and East San Antonio streets. Jorge varmbias, 31, of New Braunfels, was ticketed for allure to stop and render aid.
Covarrubias was arraigned before Municipal Court udge David Perkins, who set bond at $1,000.
According to the police report, Michael A. Alves was ding his motorcycle on East San Antonio. Covarrubias,
(rn Market Street, stopped at the intersection, and proceeded to cross San Antonio Street in front of the motorcycle.
“He then fled the scene and was pursued by police," said a New Braunfels police spokeswoman.
Alves was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid the Comet, the woman said.
Meanwhile, the condition of a 22-year-old motorcycle rider who ran into a sanitation truck Wednesday has improved.
A Methodist Hospital spokeswoman said Mark Moore of 1025 Mission Dr. is now listed as “guarded,” which is one step up from the “critical" classification given him Thursday.
Moore struck the left side of the sanitation truck as it turned left off Texas 46 South.
2 C/SD incumbents undecided
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
No one has filed yet for three trustee positions up for election on April 6 on the Comal ISD school board. The deadline is March 6 at midnight.
Present trustearen Rust, Jim Rector and Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich. Rust said she was undecided on whether to run again, and to check back with her closer to decision time. Dr. Wunderlich has been unavailable for comment since Thursday.
Of the incumbents, Rector was the most talkative. “Let’s just say I haven’t decided I won’t run," he said. “Things are more pleasant now (in CISD) than they
have ever been, and there’s an upswing going on now that I find exciting.
“I’m still thinking about it," Rector added. “To be honest, I need to sit down and talk to my wife and people in the community before I make a decision."
CISD business manager Abel Campos said Friday, “One or two people have picked up applications, but no one’s filed yet."
Those who had picked up applications were not on the current board, he added.
Campos also reminded CISD patrons that they face a deadline, too. The last day to register to vote in the April 6 election is March 7.
—Details in Sports
Ham Braunfels, Texas
February 15,1985 25 Cents
24 Pages—2 SectionsPostal rates go up Sunday
Use up all those 20-cent stamps and mail yow* bills before Sunday because that’s the day the postal rates will rise.
Beginning Sunday, it will cost 22 cents to mail a first class letter. Rates for all other classes will rise proportionally, said New Braunfels Post Office superintendent Walter Mueller. “But, percentagewise, they all rise about the same amount.
“Just about everything was affected on this one," Mueller said.
The new stamps are green and do not have a cod figure on them, but contain a “D,” Mueller said. The D stamps will be used until the stamp printers get caught up with the demand.
The New Braunfels office is already stocked with the new stamps. “Oh, yes. We have lots of stamps*" Mueller said. - ^teuton. ^4 . ac-
Twenty-cent stamps will continue to be sold — along with 2-cent stamps.
A book of 20 stamps, which now coots $4, will cost $4.40; while a roll of IOO stamps will cost $22, and a roll of 500 will cod $110.
Hie last rate hike by the United States Pod Office was in 1981, when first class stamp prices went from 18 to 20 cents.
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Earle outlines Mattox 'offer'
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox made “an offer you can’t refuse” to a Houston law firm that was trying to question his sister, the jury hearing Mattox’s commercial bribery casse was told today.
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, prosecuting the case himself, told jurors Mattox threatened to hold up the bond business of the Fulbright ii Jaworski law firm unless it dropped efforts to question his sister, Janice, in another case,
In a series of telephone calls between the attorney general’s office and the law firm, numerous bonds which needed the attorney general’s approval were threatened with delay or disapproval, Earle said.
But should Fulbright A Jaworski lawyer Thomas McDade stop seeking a deposition from Dallas lawyer Janice Mattox, Earle said bond approval would follow.
“That is an offer coupled with a threat, and that's what makes it an
offer you can’t refuse," Earle told the jury.
In his opening arguments, Earle explained to the jury that under Texas law, the attorney general must approve public bond issues.
Fulbright A Jaworski was representing Mobil Oil Corp. in a lawsuit involving the state and South Texas rancher Clinton Manges.
Earle said Manges “is a big contributor to various politicians, including Mr. Mattox.”
Earle said the case was “long and complicated” but its end result was simple.
“What he Mattox) used to bribe them was the power of his office,"
McDade was the prosecution’s first
Mattox pleaded innocent to the felony charge on the first day of the trial Monday. On Wednesday a jury of eight women and four men was
See MATTOX, Page I2AMost Landa treasures covered up, Smith says
Landa Park is filled with significant historic artifacts, but most of the significant sites are buried under asphalt or covered by water, according to a recent archaeological survey.
Archaeologist Herman Smith of Kingsville in January conducted a surface survey of Landa Park and Cypress Bend Park. His findings now will be given to the Texas Antiquties Commission, a branch of the Texas Historical Commissiion.
He was hired by City Council in December after the Commission
strongly recommended the city have an archaeologist survey the area to locate significant historical sites.
The survey produced, for the city and the Commission, a map showing artifact-filled areas.
It doesn’t mean that new construction at the park has to stop, but from now on, when the city wants to build a large project at the park, an archaeologist must be on hand to monitor the digging and any other alteration of the landscape, such as dredging the lake.
Parks superintendent David
Whatley said the new requirements are not really a big deal. “The parks department thinks it’s very neat,” he said. “Ifs just another feature that makes Landa Park neat — at Landa Park, wherever you go, there’s something there.
"We have to re-think our plans (for park improvements and development), but it’s nothing that will cripplers."
Whatley said small projects, such as digging holes for signs, would not be affected by the new regulation, because the top layer of ground at the
park is mostly fill, anyway. “When you do excavation of any size is when you have to have an archaeologist on hand — when you move large amounts of dirt,” Whatley said.
Smith’s study speculates that “nearly all of the archaeological resources in landa Park are buried under fill or covered by concrete and asphalt,”
Smith said a great deal of fill dirt was used to level or elevate areas throughout the major construction zones and what lies below can’t be known without a more extensive
His report continues — “It is highly likely that the oldest, least disturbed and most significant sites are located at the bottom of Spring Lake adjacent to the springs which were inundated in the 19th century.”
The majority of artifact fragments and flakes were found on the surface along the edge of the water, while other clues prompted Smith to speculate about undisturbed materials hiding underground.
Construction in several areas turned up flakes, which makes for
unreliable indicators of prehistoric activity, according to the report. And erosion and extensive vehicle traffic revealed a valid sample of surface materials, so Smith determined that “no archaeological materials of any kind were observed anywhere within the park boundaries.”
City Council will review a proposed ordinance to protect geological formations and historic artifacts. “Archaeological artifacts aren’t protected under the city ordinance," Whatley said.
Safe at last
TV correspondent escapes after 11 -month ordeal
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -Jeremy Levin, the kidnapped American reporter who says he escaped from ll months in chains and solitary confinement in Lebanon, left here today for a reunion with his wife, saying: “I can’t wait to be back on American soil."
A tear roll Damascus airport, bound for Frankfurt, West Germany, where his wife was waiting.
“I cannot wait to get to my wife, to hold her,” said I^evin,
He was turned over to U.S. Ambassador William Eagleton at the Foreign Ministry by Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa about two hours before the plane took off at 12:30p.m. (4:30a.m. EST).
The television correspondent, who disappeared March 7 in Beirut, told reporters tt the Foreign Ministry: “I feel wonderful. I’ve never been more thankful. I've never been more happy in my whole life."
Levin, 52, said he escaped Wed-»«eaday night by tying three blankets together, securing them to a balcony,
sliding down from a second floor window and fleeing down a mountain to a Syrian army position in east Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.
He said he believed there were four other people held in the same place he was, but he did not know whether they were Americans because he was isolated through his captivity.
He said he could not identify his captors. The shadowy extremist group Islamic Holy War claimed responsibility for the abduction. He said at the airport that he did not know why he was kidnapped.
“I’ve been in solitary confinement for the whole time chained to the wall or a radiator. ... The faces of the Syrian soldiers were the first faces I saw since March 7 of last year. They were good faces," Levin told reporters.
Levin looked shaken when he arrived at the Foreign Ministry and appeared not to know exactly where he was.
A journalist told him ha was about to bt turned over to the American
ambassador and he was in Damascus at the Syrian Foreign Ministry “That is fantastic," he said, in tears. “The Orwellian year 1964 was not a very good (Hie for me, but 1985 is starting out a hell of a lot better.” “Lucille, where is Lucille." he said in a loud voice, asking about his wife.
When told by a journalist from Cable News Network, with whom Levin had worked in Beirut as bureau chief, that his wife was waiting for him in Frankfurt, he gasped and responded: “I can’t wait to see her. Please tell her I missed her very much and I love her so deeply."
Mrs. Levin arrived in Frankfurt today from Andrews Air Force Base outride Washington on a VC-135 aircraft supplied by the White House.
Levin was dressed in grey trousers and a blue sweatshirt.
One of his escorts said the clothes — including bright white tennis shoes he wore at the news conference — had been purchased in the east Lebanese town of Chtaura on
Thursday because he had arrived at the Syrian army position early that morning barefooted and in pajamas.
Levin, who has grown a beard during his captivity and whose hair was grayer than before his capture, did not show any signs of physical torture. But Foreign Ministry officials ordered reporters out of the room before they could pursue how he had been treated by his captors.
Levin said he was held on the second floor of a multi-story apartment building on a hillside. He said he could not be specific about the site because. “They took my glasses away, and I am very nearsighted. I could not see.”
He said the reason he believed there were others held in the same building was that he heard four knocks each morning from people signaling to their guards that they wanted to leave the bathroom, which was adjacent to his room.
“But the voices were muffled, and
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Comal County forecast calls for sunny, windy and mild conditions, turning clear and cold tonight and mostly sunny on Saturday Winds will be northerly at 15-25 mph and gusty today, shifting to the southeast near IO mph on Saturday. Today’s high will be in the mid40s, with a low tonight in the upper Ms and a high on Saturday in the upper 60s This morning's low was 40, and yesterday's high was 64 Sunset will be at 6:20 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7: IO a mRanger Hopes
Smithson Valley returns the core of a playoff baseball team from 1984, but the Rangers' lineup
is still up in the air because of new rules governing eligibility. Sports. Page 9AWhite Appointments
Political campaign contributors don’t get special consideration rn appointments to state boards and commissions, Gov. Mark White said At his weekly news conference Thursday, White was asked about legislators' criticism of his appointments procedure and also about campaign donors See Page 3A