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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 22, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas EPA will inspect Seguin site f er contamination By JIMWEBRE Stall Writer Environmental Protection Agency inspectors will in vestigate reports that City of Segulns utilities dvision has polluted cityowned land with cancercausing oil from electric Darl Mount of the Dallas regional EPA office is respon sible for the enforcement of PCB regulations and said he would assign investigators to look at the Seguin site within the next three I will request a PCB Inspection on Its definitely something were interested Mount The state ment came after HeraldZeltung staff questioned the EPA about practices discovered Friday within Seguins public works compound on Nelda between Segulns Guadalupe County Coliseum and the county fairgrounds and public softball Mount said the concentration of PCB that violates regulations is 50 parts per million and requires digging down several leet and special chemistry to Its always possible that its not Illegal If Its less than 50 Mount adding any indication of PCB contamination warrants Workers at about 9 were found using transformer oil and other flammable substances to burn piled debris within 10 feet of opened and old electric The burn site is Immediately on the opposite side of a chain fence separating the compound from public soft ball fields and county Older boxes that direct and lower high voltage current off power generally contain a com pound called PCB oil Is used to cool the transformers and other con tained electrical When burned at relatively low PCBs byproduct is a general term for a cancercausing family of compounds that were responsible for the pollution of Love PCB itself is an Inert compound that is rapidly being phased out of electrical transformer construction as a In after a tornado raked through the City of Wichita the because of the threat of pollution to the water had to remove several PCB transformers that had been buried in the citys JuneJuly 1985 regulations for management and disposal of PCB transformers and other devices were Issued by the EPA and disseminated to utility and elec tric companies Violation of the regulations are subject to criminal EPA officials Seguin workers said the practice of using transformer oil and other flammable liquids to burn debris and insula tion off copper wire for scrap salvage is Wayne operator of a crane truck used to pour heavy containers of oil onto the said he was doing what he was told to do and what he had been doing for some Copper wire Is an indication of the age of transformers and similar Newer devices incorporate aluminum cables and Asked if anyone had tested the transformers for PCB Oliver referred the question to one employee who said he had not tested the transformers being emp tied onto the burning area inside the The worker said he had tested for PCB routinely and some See Page 2A A City of Seguin utilities employee guides an opened electrical transformer out of the way after a crane was used to dump the oily coolant inside the device onto a fire at the ci tys utilities compound The material in t CM a mxf DERYL Photographer the transformer reportedly was not tested for possible PCB contamination before being It was one 6f many such smokey episodes in what employees said was a long standing NewBraunfels Things that got by but shouldnt have The front page notice of a Texas Rangers preview should have said Smithson Valley Steve Gose is the former mayor of not of Earl Sawyer is the mayor of It wasnt stated that way last week in a story about the reaction of Nor thcliffe residents to the brutal slay ing of a man for which his brother inlaw was A note of clarification Cibolo police Chief Hugo Ackerman wants the residents of Northcliffe to know he does not have jurisdiction in their neighborhood and when he responds to calls in your he is doing so as a courtesy to Guadalupe County Sheriffs We asked about favorite day care Read Thanks for the chance to give some great folks welldeserved The people at Kid Power are good easy going and ter are all better for their says Trisha Jowal of New Braunfels about the care given her 3yearold daughter and year old As long as we are giving some credit to surrogate so to who operate day care its nice to let yall know New Braunfelser Suezell Rawski has ben named Foster Parent of the Month for February by Texas Department of Human Services Child Protective Services Rawski had taken care of several children on a temporary basis and recently took care of a small child who had a mother with Though tests showed the toddler did not have the placement for the tot was difficult until Rawski picked up the Rawski was observant and early on noticed symptoms that wound up being an incarcerated Medical care was prompt and the baby is now this is going to be Canyon Lake Chamber of Com merce will host Go Western Night from 7 to U Saturday at Wild Bills BarBQue on FM 2673 bet ween Sattler and Children less than 12 years of age get in The a throw event is a fundraiser for another outstan ding the Hot Cold Water Festival in Canyon Lake Trail Riders Association will be rollin rollin and keeping those dawgies what dawgies movln during Go Western so this will be a real opportunity for country hospitality and western The Menu OBITUARIES OPINIONS WEATHER New Texas Neighbors Giese clan reclusive By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Neighbors of a man reported to have trapped and abandoned cats in his home near Bulverde said Friday they believe the mans two reclusive daughters are still living near the Virginia and Gene Giles said they had reported the abandoned cars and piles of junk to county health officials for the past two years and nothing was ever done to force Robert Giese to clean up his Comal County Sheriffs officials have issued an arrest warrant and are on the lookout for Eight cats were discovered Thursday in crude traps piled full of debris in the mans house northwest of County animal control of ficer Olen Elliott said as many as 35 cats were living in or near the This is nothing We reported them two years ago and nothing was ever The main reason I called was because of the you had to wonder how anyone could live like Virginia Giles Virginia and Gene Giles live more than a mile from the Giese They said they both enjoy walking in the Hill Country area and their three mile daily route takes them past the Giese They said they have seen Giese and See PageSA Herald Sunday February 1987 50 Cents Five 78 Pages Balancing act Assault suspect facing probable jury indictment LESLIE Photographer Mime Mario Lorenz balances a bandana on the tip of his finger during Saturdays fundraiser for cystic fibrosis on Main He also juggled balls and while various local big names were put in a jail to await By DAVID MAY Staff Writer A story appearing in Fridays edi tion of a San Antonio newspaper reporting that an indictment hadbeen returned against a New Braunfels teenager involving an alleged sexual assault was according to local The ExpressNews reported that a Comal County grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday against Eric who is accused of sexually assaulting an 18yearold female at a party on the citys nor thside Rivers remains in Comal County jail on a bond on a motion to revoke probation he received on an earlier forgery He was arrested early this month on a war rant issued for the alleged sexual New Braunfels Police Felix Ro chief took the blame for the erroneous citing poor communication between himself and the A routine check Thursday of grand jury indictments showed no action regarding Report of the in itial arrest was never entered in the police log records by New Braunfels Arrest reports are a matter of public District Attorney William Schroeder and District Clerk Margaret Herbrich both confirmed that no indictment against Rivers had been We probably will present the case to the next grand Schroeder The grand jury convenes the third Wednesday of each Roque explained the withholding of the arrest We were not trying to suppress but we wanted to keep this case in confidentiality for investigative pur he said Roque said that often in these types of incidents potential witnesses get scared away if the incident is At least two more arrests are likely in the Roque as in vestigators try to conclude their The attended by what police termed a large number of maybe as many as 50 was held at a private According to police the woman was unconcious at the time of the alleged Candidate positive about citys future By DAVID MAY Staff Writer In his bid for an atlarge saet on New Braunfels City Den nis Rhoads is advocating increas ed fire and police and an overall balance of revenue sources such as business and which he says is vital to avoid putting the burden of city operations on pro perty Im very positive about the future of New Braunfels and what I can do as a council said the 41yearold councU can I will take the respon sibility necessary to study the talk to the people and dp the best job 1 can for the citizens of New Rhoads is one of nine hopefuls vying for three atlarge berths on council to be decided in April municipal Born in the New Braunfels High School graduate has lived in New Braunfels since the age of Rhoads and his the former Dennis Rhoads Penny a native New have two He is the owner and president of Rhoads Interiors located on North which has been in business for 1 Active in many community Rhoads is a former Theatre again off to contest By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer For the fourth time since New Braunfels own regional theater has entered the statewide competition of nonprofit On its first time Circle Arts Theatre won the top place in the state and went on to represent Texas at the regional event in Since the number of quality productions in the state has con tinued to Texas now has more than 200 nonprofit Spon sored by the state Texas NonProf it the bienniei festival begins on the quad usually Involving six to eight theaters competing in each of four Two theaters from each quad are then chosen to proceed to the state Whether you win at state or there is such a high quality of theater that you cant help but be terribly proud just to be one of the said Elizabeth ex ecutive artistic director of Circle The local theater will be taking Us season And a Nightingale to the Quad HI hosted again by San Antonio Little Theatre Also participating in the competition are Bulverdes com munity Curtain Call Players from McAllen Georgetown Area Community Theatre Point Theatre from Kerr ville Uvalde Area Community Theatre and Victoria Community Asked how he felt about going to the Lewis Sarkozi who plays the head of an English household in said he found the experience This will be the second time Sarkozi has been part of a competing but he says hes just as excited as he was the first The role I play this time is wore but one i feel very com fortable And Im in good com pany our cast is made up of fine people who also happen to be very Sarkozi Other members of the Circle Arts cast are Roberta Elliott in the lead role of Helen Marion Clark as her Gary Pemberton as her Lynn Burkett as her Robby Houde as her sisters and Jim Schmidt as her Roberta Elliott called the prospect of contest As narrator of the I never get off which means the pressure is continuous for 3 solid requiring the utmost movement and dialogue and enough relaxation to be totally credi she Ive seen how a few minor flubs can take the high shine from the I want to be very good for the sake of my fellow cast so we can all show the kind of theater thats representative of New Elizabeth Elliott said offering con sistently highquality theater and demanding the best from ail casts and crews for every show is the key to Our audiences deserve she Elliott described the play selected for competition a Its a humorous and poignant story of an English family during World War she Its a neat Its a but its really a realism The main characters whole life is funny and then Its a dear Thats the word that keeps coming up the characters are very Elliott said of the work of British playwright Tickets for festival shows will be available at the San Antonio Little Theatre box We nope all our friends will take thU opportunity to their Elliott ;