New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ski New Braunfels?
Well, almost. See snow photos, Pages 2,8,13
Nm Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 95-No. 3
January 3,1985 25 Cents
16 PagesStorm ties up Comal County, state
Schools close in county
By DEBBIE DeLOACH and DANA STELL Staff writers
Comal County residents woke up this morning under a blanket of snow.
At least 14 inches of the white stuff fell on New Braunfels Wednesday on into the nighttime, while up to four inches were reported in the Canyon I^ke area by the National Weather Service.
Both local schools districts decided to call off school today, but most adults weren’t so lucky. City and county offices were open today, as were most businesses and industries.
Driving conditions were still hazardous this morning with ice covering bridges and in patches on Interstate 35, despite road crews' all-night sanding efforts. At 8:30 a m., a one-car accident was reported in the 400 block of Highway 81 East near the New Braunfels RV Park. An officer at the scene said the vehicle had "abolished” a large state highway department sign.
Earlier this morning, a Pennsylvania man miraculously escaped injury when his van hit ice on the Guadalupe River bridge, left Interstate 35 and plunged to the ground below. Authorities estimated the drop was about 60 feet, but Hostafa Coinlekrioglh walked away from the accident.
B.R. Wood, maintenance foreman for the state Highway Department, said Ix)op 337 was frozen over from 7 p.m. Wednesday to about 9 this morning. "Highway 46 to Boerne is pretty much icy patches. Some of the high hills, you can’t get up yet.
See WEATHER, Page 16
Icy roads left in storm's wake
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A winter storm continued its trek across Southeast Texas early today with an assortment of sleet, freezing rain and snow being reported in Houston and in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area.
The onslaught that left San Antonio practically paralyzed Wednesday slowed down somewhat with the end of the snow, but roads remain ice-packed and hazardous driving conditions are reported across a vast area of South Texas north and west of a line from Eagle Pass to Corpus Christi to College Station.
Snow-fall in Houston was reported to be light early today, but it followed several hours of sleet and freezing rain that left an ice coating on the surface of bridges, overpasses and elevated freeways. Driving conditions were said to be "extremely hazardous” throughout the Houston area, prompting the National Weather Service and law enforcement authorites to discourage all but essential travel.
Snow-fall by dawn at Houston was limited to about one-half inch, but driving conditions prompted the Houston Independent School District to close down schools for the district’s 177,000 students. School districts at nearby Spring and Conroe were also closed because of the weather.
Houston city officials said 200 men were using 50 trucks to spread sand on bridges and overpasses
It was the first measurable snowfall at Houston since February
See TEXAS. Page 16
Watching the snow from the barber shop on West San Antonio Street
Plane's wreckage found
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP> — Rescue workers assembled today at the base of an Andes peak to attempt to reach the wreckage of an Eastern Airlines jet embedded on a steep, snow-covered slope. Officials said the 29 passengers and crew, including eight Americans, were presumed dead.
it appears the plane crashed head-on and the shape of a plane is clearly visible,” said Col. Grover Rojas of the Bolivian air force. “The remains of the plane are scattered over a large area. We rule out any possibility of survivors.”
Americans and Bolivian air force officers, who led a search involving air force plans and a U.S. aircraft, said the wreckage was sighted Wednesday at about 19,000 feet.
Among the Americans aboard the Boeing 727 were Marian Davis, wife of U S Ambassador to Paraguay Arthur H. Davis, and William Kelly, director of the Peace Corps in Paraguay, according to U.S. and
Site of crash
Using four-wheel-drive vehicles, an 11-man Red Cross team today drove to Urana Mine, near the base
of Illimani Mountain, which rises nearly 21,000 feet above sea level. The mine is about 35 miles southeast of I .a Paz.
A photograph of the crash clearly showed the outline of a large plane in the snow. with wreckage of the fuselage scattered about.
Richard McGraw, an F.astern Airlines senior vice president, said in Miami that the airline was trying to find a high-altitude helicopter that could reach the crash site, which is on a 45-degree incline.
McGraw told a news conference a crew from a loc al television .station flew over the crash site in a light plane and spotted a 9-foot wing section, a section of the tail and a horizontal stabilizer.
"They are convinced that the parts are of a < Boeing) 727,” he said.
Flight 980, which originated in Asuncion. Paraguay, disappeared IO minutes before it planned to land at
El Alto airport rn I .a Paz on Tuesday night. The flight was en route to Miami.
In Miami, Eastern Airlines spokeswoman Paula Musto identified a third American passenger as Jonathan Watson. She did not give his home town.
Ms. Musto identified the U.S. crew members as C’apt. tarry Campbell, 1st Officer Kenneth Rhodes, and 2nd Officer Mark Bird, all based in Miami. She said two others, ( apt JR Loseth and Haywood H. Hargrove Jr., were not members of the working crew. taseth was based in Miami, and Hargrove was based in Houston, she said.
When the plane last made contact with El Alto, the pilot reported he was flying at 35,000 feet. He was told to descend to 25,000 feet and then make radio contact, but was never heard from again, airport officials saidGood numbersDWI totals dropped for New Year's Eve
Fourteen people were arrested in Comal County for driving while intoxicated over the holiday sometimes best remembered for drinking binges.
No one was killed on Comal County roads during the New Year’s holiday.
Drunken drivers were picked up by Department of Public Safety and officers in the New Braunfels Police Department and Comal County Sheriff’s Department between Dec. 28 and Jan. I.
There were only a few people arrested for public intoxication, according to a jail spokeswoman.
Public awareness of the dangers of driving after drinking is one reason for the low number of DWI incidents.
Hannelore Brotze, owner of Comal Taxi and Delivery, said she believes people are becoming more conscious about the safety of themselves and of others.
Locals took it easy on the spirits Monday— or got another ride home
"They are more concerned about drinking and driving and there are a few- more things on television about it,” she said.
Her company offered free taxi .service to local drinkers New Year’s Eve and she said the number of takers tripled this year over-last.
"Are you kidding?” she asked We had about 30 people. We even took a van full of young people to a party and we picked them up about 1:30 They just didn’t want to drive ”
Two years ago. Brotze said, five or six people called for a free cab ride tast year, only about IO did so. "It was a good success this year,” Brotze said. "We had some local bars and some residences. They are more strict with DWI and people don’t want to get involved rn an accident.”
Brotze said she and driver Jesse Hearn worked until about 3 a m. "We just invited our families over here and we drove taxi in between,” she said
Today s Weather
A winter storm warning for this area has been lifted as the National Weather Service predicts clear skies and cold temperatures to continue through Friday. The high today will be near 40 with winds from the north at about IO mph Expect a hard freeze tonight, with a high Friday in the upper 40s. Yesterday’s high was 27 and this morning’s low was 22. Sunset today will be at 5:45 and sunrise tomorrow will bo at 7:26 ani
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in holiday burglary on River Road
An 18-year-old New Braunfels man charged with burglary of a habitation was released on a $2 aho bond Wednesday after turning himself into the Comal County Sheriff s Office The burglary charge against Niki Johan Phelps was eonnected to a string of house burglaries on River Road between I5ec 28-31
"I got word this guy wanted to talk to me, and we reelaimed some of the stolen property All he said he took was liquor, soda water and some .22 shells,” Sheriffs Investigator Kermit Kroesehe said Thursday
"There was also a house burned down on River Road on Dec 31 just past the second crossing. Our arson investigator, Milt Wilmann, is still investigating that one,” he added "Phelps said he saw the holist* burning, but he said he wasn’t involved with that The guy was being pretty honest with me ’
The River Road residence destroyed by fire belonged to O H. Kelly of Pasadena Kroesehe said the fire was reported by Duane Marcum, and Sheriff’s Investigator Dennis Koepp had been in charge of this particular burglary investigation.