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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Holiday sales above retailers ’ expectations The holiday spirit reawakened in consumers this Christmas, sending shoppers into the stores and giving retailers their best performance in nearly two years. “Retailers had sales above their own expectations,” Walter Loeb, an analyst with Morgan Stanley & Co., said Thursday.    See    Page    3 North’s attorneys attacking charges WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring the heart of the government’s case against Oliver L. North “destroyed,” attorneys for the fired White House aide are stepping up attacks on the other 12 criminal charges he faces in the Iran-Contra affair.    g    Page    5 Oklahoma State handed 4-year probation by NCAA STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — The NCAA today placed Oklahoma State’s football program on four years probation, barring the Cowboys from postseason play for three years and keeping them off live televi-Sion for two years.    See Page 9 New Braunfels JbmbL Vol. 137, No. 40 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday January 6, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages Commissioners stall $200,000 request By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Sheriff Jack Bremer’s attempt to extract more than $200,000 from county coffers stalled Thursday when he asked county commissioners to approve additional monies for extra personnel. “It’s a simple case of mathematics,” the newly elected Comal County sheriff told commissioners. “There are a certain number of positions that are required to be filled on a daily basis and we don’t have the personnel to fulfill that.” Comal County Commissioners failed to act on Bremer’s request to hire nine additional jail employees and a financial officer. No action was taken for the request of a satellite office in the courthouse for Bremer. A new jailer could earn a gross salary of $17,592, but with benefits, the total climbs to $22,265, said County Auditor Bate Bond. Nine new jailers would cost the county $200,385. Bremer requested $24,000 for the financial officer. Commissioners approved Bremer’s request to re-establish the position of warrants lieutenant as an executive assistant for special projects. The positions proposed will create a savings for the county in the long run, Bremer said. The sheriff runs the county’s second largest department, with a $2.4 million budget. Commissioners said they delayed Bremer’s request so he could provide them with more justification. Additional personnel will facilitate the advancement of professionalism and possible national accreditation for the sheriff’s department, Bremer said Thursday. “The main goal that I plan to achieve in the sheriff’s department is the absolute professionalism,” he said. “This is not going to be something that is accomplished overnight,” Bremer said. “I’m looking at an 18-month to two-year program to really get to the point where we’re ready for accreditation.” Plans to eliminate the lieutenant position in the warrants division will open a position for a special projects coordinator with the main goal of achieving accreditation, Bremer said. Commissioners voted to approve the special projects position without a job description. Clark made a motion to approve the request if Bremer would provide a job description later. A financial officer would explain and assist employees with insurance and benefit matters, Bremer said. “I need some expertise at my right hand. It is necessary and essential.” No sheriff’s office employees participated in the county’s cafeteria benefit plan introduced in 1988, Bond said. Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmile made a motion to accept the financial officer and newly-elected Precinct 3 Commissioner Patricio “Pat” Hernandez seconded the See SHERIFF, Page 2 Good day Stammtisch Pair charged in truck theft A New Braunfels man and a juvenile were apprehended Thursday for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle when they apparently stole a Bulter Krust truck and fled from {xiiice. Mario Caballero, IS, Route 6, Box 444, remains in the Comal County Jail today iii lieu of a $2,500 bond. The juvenile was released. Employees of Butter Krust Thu ft Store were delivering goods around 8 a.rn Thursday at the C ircle K convenience store when the truck was stolen Detectives noticed the truck and pursued it alter die police dispatcher announced die truck had been stolen, said New Braunfels police spokesman Martin Mayer. The chase continued on Interstate 35 and in the Rush Lane and Sodus Road uiea. When the suspects hailed out in die Rush I ane area, law enforcement officials chased die men on foot, Mayer said. Unemployment drops to 14-year low Jury charges man in father’s murder By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer The son of a murdered Lake Dun lap man was indicted by a Guadalupe County grand jury Thursday on the charge of shooting and killing his father. Timothy Knickerbocker, 41, 170 Kelly Lane, remains in the Guadalupe County Jail today without bond on the charge of murdering his 68-ycar-old father Glen Knickerbocker. Guadalupe County lawmen have detained the younger Knickerbocker since Jan. I on assault charges out of Brazoria County, said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth. Mr. Knickerbocker was found lying across his bed in his home in the River Bend subdivision home early New Year’s Day, Harborth said. His son-m-law and granddaughter found him. Hic autopsy revealed the Lake Dunlap man was shot with a .38-ca liber pistol. There was evidence four .shots were fired, Harborth said. “(Timothy Knickerbocker! lived in a room behind the mobile home” in which his father and mother lived, he said. Guadalupe County officals received a call at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday to investigate the first murder of 1989 for Guadalupe County and New Braunfels. “The son-in-law and granddaughter went to have coffee with him, that’s w hen they discovered the body,” Har-borih said. “It was kind of a tradition See MURDER, Page 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s civilian unemployment rate dropped back to a 14-year low of 5.3 percent in December, with service-producing industries leading the way in the creation of 279,000 new jobs, the government reported today. The jobless rate dropped 0.1 percentage point from November, reaching 5.3 percent for the third time in 1988, the Labor Department said in its final unemployment report of the Reagan presidency. In its year-end report, the department reported that 3,798,000 jobs were created in 1988, the most since 1984, when employers reporting adding 3.95 million people to their payrolls. Janet Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, said 3 million of the new jobs last year were on the service side of the economy, including 700,000 in retail trade. “The goods-producing sector also reflected considerable strength during 1988,” Norwood said in testimony prepared for the Joint Economic Comittee of Congress. “The number of construction jobs rose by 300,000 over the year, and manufacturing gained more than 400,000 jobs for the second straight year.” Factory workers continued to work an average four hours of overtime a week, indicating no letup in the export-led manufacturing rebound. Average wages, however, remained S** RATE, Pag* 2 Texas ’ rate remains stable DALLAS (AP) — Texas’ job market remained relatively stable during December, despite a slight increase in the unemployment rate to 7.1 percent, federal officials reported today. Even with the 0.2 percent rise, the figure remained within a fraction of 7 percent for the 10th lime in the last 12 months, said Bryan Richey, regional commissioner for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “From the standpoint of statistical significance, it was like no change at all," he said. The Texas jobless rate has remained relatively stable since last spring, except for July’s dip to 6.3 percent and the year’s high of 7.4 percent, reported in October. Still, the December report marked a significant improvement from the 7.7 percent recorded one year earlier, Richey said. “Business activity has improved over the last year or so. It hasn’t been breaking many records, but it has been going up,” he said. Richey said Texas jobs have been created in many of the same industries that have been growing nationwide: business and health services, government and manufacturing. SM STATE, Page 2 The good life in New Braunfels is the focus of this display organized by Michael Meek, director of the Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau. The display, including pictures of the German culture, the rivers and Natural Bridge Caverns, will be featured at the Winter Texans Travel Fair sponsored by the Discover Texas organization. It’s a real nice day in New Braunfels. Today’s high is expected to break another record, with a high in the low 80s. The wind will be blowing and the skies will be partly cloudy Saturday with a high expected in the upper 70s. Winds Saturday will be from the northwest at about 20 mph. Enjoy the warmth because temperatures will reach only into the 50s Sunday with a chance of rain. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................10-14 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................7 ENTERTAINMENT.........................7 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................4 In the pits SPORTS....................................9-10 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 Lawsuit set First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive Sunday to help area hospital patients following the holiday season. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank’s mobile vehicle will be parked in front of the church at the comer of Seguin and Coll streets from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Because of the critically low blood supply after the holidays, your donation at the first blood drive of 1989 will help bring the supply back to a safe level. South Texas Regional Blood Bank provides blood for 54 hospitals and must find at least 250 volunteer donors each day to meet those needs. Donors must be between 17 and 72 (17-ycar-olds need written parental consent), weigh at least HO pounds and be in good general health. For more information, call Charlene Nolle at 629-1000.... ITie next WomanTalk program at Village Oaks Regional Hospital will deal with osteoporosis, the brittle bone condition which affects one-fourth of all women over age 45. The free program will be held in the Village Oaks Regional Hospital cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Dr. Francis Burch, internist and rheumatologist, will discuss the latest techniques for identifying and treating women with osteoporosis. Dr. Burch’s pre-See STAMMTISCH, Page 2 for hearing The holidays are over and to the crews working on the city's Landa and Fredericksburg area drainage project, that means ifs time to get back to work. City voters approved the drainage project in a 1985 bond issue and phone, utility and construction crews have been working in the area for months to help improve the rain runoff there. These men are working on the drainage ditch near Seele Elementary. (Photo by Ceryl Clark) Jury selection begins Monday in San Antonio for a lawsuit filed against the City of New Braunfels by owners of Schlitterbahn and Landa Resort. Lawyers for both parties appeared Thursday in U S Dis trict Court in San Antonio lor docket call, a pre-trial conference. The R.R. Henry family filed a federal suit against the city in 1984, alleging city officials and others conspired to put the family out of business through a campaign of mis information and othei tactic s The suit alleges a city employee was instructed to drain city pools to diveil water from the Comal River to harm the plaintiffs’ businesses. Plaintiffs in the case are K R. Henry, Gary Henry and Jeff Henry. See TRIAL, Page 2 Local educator working En,icin9 on new appraisal system By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer A New Braunfels Independent School District administrator is working with the state of Louisiana to develop a teacher appraisal system similar to one implemented in Texas schools in 1986. Mike Fitsko, NB1SD assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, recently returned from New Orleans where he met with educators from Louisiana and Georgia in a workshop to develop a pilot training program for die Louisiana Teaching Internship Program. “I’m really flattered to be involved in a statewide program like I was in Texas,” Fitsko said. “It’s neat to be working with Louisiana State University and their state department.” In 1986, Fitsko worked with the Texas Education Agency to train more than 12,000 administrators and teachers as appraisers for the Texas Se* EDUCATOR, Page 2 ;