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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Mc rep lex , Inc.    Comp, •-ct J Hitch bomble P.O. .cox ^5^3oOn ll rs , i'^xp i 75?/i.5Duck crossing signs stolen _ The “duck crossing” signs installed in Landa K Park last November got to be almost as much an \ ; - r ,/ ; I ;. c ■ v .. *• :{-t I attraction as the ducks themselves. So much an attraction, in fact, that they aren’t there any p,; */ ; \ ^ ^ I more. Mayor Pro Tem I^aveme Eberhard took her I* % Christmas visitors to the park just to show off f ’ •/ ; IV ^ I those signs. There weren’t any signs ... just •/ ' . . ' - . , ' empty posts. Executives of the company that produced the custom-made signs had the same experience, ^BB said City Manager E.N. Delashmutt. They called lf.; K **' . ahead to say they’d be passing through New Braunfels, and would take a quick turn around the park for a look at the duck signs. ‘‘On the day they called, I think we had one Iv; h\ V*\ - /*• -V-I i ~ left,” Delashmutt said. It vanished that night.    V’; * V . yy* I; .VV, I * -/•*'V**'!] The three signs, which Thieleman said cost \ ’ approximately $35 apiece, were put up the third ; K ‘f ; * • V v * ,/ week in November. He said they started to [(i.J -vVV^ disappear about the week before Christmas. CV;    vip ;Vp#; 'I “I was surprised they stayed up as long as they Iv; K- /*i - < o-1*. ' did.” he admitted. Replacements have been ordered.    I nese Signs SOrta waddled Oft Full house Morgan to fill vacancy in city building department By DYANNEFRY Staff writer The New Braunfels building department started the new year with all hands on deck. A new building inspector, Art J. Morgan, arrived at City Hall on the first work day of 1984. Morgan, working under building official Don Constance, fills the vacancy left by Dan Montrose some two months ago. The recent addition gives the city two full-time inspectors to keep up with New Braunfels’ growing construction business. In the weeks before Christmas, the Herald-Zeitung received some complaints from local contractors about long waits at the inspection site, due to the short-handed staff. The contractors also worried that the city wasn’t moving fast enough to fill the vacancy. At that time, Public Works Director Fred Ryden said he’d had a number of applications for Montrose’s job, and would probably fill it after the first of the year. Within the next month, the new inspector should be getting a pickup to drive on his inspection route. City Council recently approved the purchase of a second truck for the code enforcement division, so that both inspectors could be on the road at the same time. Ryden expects the truck to be delivered in late January or early February.Jury deadlocked in burglary trial The attempted burglary trial of David Williford ended in a hung jury Tuesday night. But an office spokeswoman for District Attorney Bill Schroeder said the case would be retried. The jury indicated it was hopelessly deadlocked after about three hours of deliberations at 10-2 in favor of conviction. A mistrial was declared, and the jury was discharged around 6 p.m. Williford of Route I, Box 398-A, New Braunfels, was on trial for the attempted burglary of a residence on East Torrey Street on Sept. 6,1983. He was accused of forcing the screen door open at that residence, and indicted on Nov. 16 by a Comal County Grand Jury. The spokeswoman for Schroeder’s office said the responsibility for re-setting the case for trial now falls on Court Administrator Martin Allen. New Braunfels Nm Braunfels, Texas HraM-frHmg WEDNESDAY January 11,1984 25 Cents Volume 93 — No. 8 24 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377-880)Court reverses Si/kwood decision WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court today reinstated a $10 million award won by Karen Silkwood’s children against the Kerr-McGee Corp. The justices, by a 5-4 vote, reversed a decision that had thrown out an Oklahoma jury’s award to Ms. Silkwood’s estate as an Impermissible conflict with federal regulation of the nuclear industry. The nation’s highest court today said that there is no impermissible conflict between the state and federal laws. The decision, however, leaves Kerr-McGee free to challenge the amount of the award in lower courts. Ms. Silkwood, a 28-year-old laboratory analyst at Kerr-McGee’s Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., died in an automobile accident Nov. 13, 1974, while on her way to meet with a New York Inside “It’s wonderful news,’ said Merle Silkwood, Karen’s mother, at a Nederland, Texas, bank where she works. Times reporter. Days before, she had been radioactively contaminated. Ms. Silkwood, a union activist responsible for monitoring health and safety matters at the Cimarron plant, reportedly wanted to make public evidence of missing plutonium and falsified safety records. A movie about the incident, “Silkwood,” was released a month ago and has grossed $10.8 million at the box office. I^ast week, its $2.1 million in ticket sales placed it 7th in movie ticket receipts. The film, released by 20th Century-Fox, stars Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell and Cher, Ms. Silkwood’s family sued in 1976, alleging negligence by Kerr-McGee and seeking damages for injuries Ms. Silkwood suffered — primarily fear and anxiety — during the nine days from her contamination to her death. A trial jury in Oklahoma said Kerr-McGee should pay Ms. Silkwood's three children $500,000 in actual damages and $10 million in punitive damages. The jury also awarded $5,000 for Ms. Silkwood’s coiitanunated belongings that had to be destroyed. See SILKWOOD, Page 14A Today's Weather Block: don't panic over EDB reports It will be sunny and mild this afternoon with southerly winds at 5-10 mph. Tonight should be clear with increasing clouds Thursday and a new cold WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture front by Thursday afternoon. Winds will start out Secretary John Block, saying the southerly near IO mph Thursday, but shift to nor- threat to human health still isn’t therly at 15-20 mph by the afternoon. Sunset will be    known, is warning against public at 5:51 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:22    hysteria over possible contamination a.m.    of food supplies and groundwater by a cancer-causing pesticide. Yep, He Signed    Block, after a meeting with the heads of the Environmental After a day of panic in Pittsburgh and frantic protection Agency and Food and searches in Tokyo, Nebraska running back Mike I)ruK Adnumstration, as well as Rosier confirmed today that he has signed with the    major agricultural groups, said USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers. Sports. Page 11A    Tuesday that while contamination by ethylene dibromide, EDB, is a major concern, it does not warrant panic. CLASSIFIED....................7-10B    “We’re all concerned about residue COMICS.........................13A    m foodstuffs,    but at what level?” CROSSWORD....................13A    Block said. “... There is a lot we don’t DEAR ABBY ...................2B    know about EDB. It appears there is ENTERTAINMENT ......... . . .. . . 8A some hysteria out there that really Horoscope......................68    i*n‘t warranted." KALEIDOSCOPE..................I    7B    «“* "*<    ^>7 OPINIONS........................4A LPA chief WULam cPnnTc    qua    Ruckelshaus    and Mark Novich, QTnrirQ....................... QA    FDA’8 acting administrator.    Also ^hCTiwrc.....................o*    attending were more than a    dozen uucATUCB .....*.......   IV    representatives of agriculture trade WEATHER........................2A    groups and    state organizations, ranging from the National Grange to the National Governors Association. The meeting was closed to the public, but Block said afterwards the session was simply “an opportunity to review the problem and get a better understanding (rf it.” Ruckelshaus agreed and said he hopes to hold similar meetings with other groups, including consumer organizations. He said his agency was attempting to determine a tolerance level for EDB and hoped to have some results within “a couple of weeks.” Ruckelshaus said last week the agency was working “on an accelerated basis” to determine residue levels for EDB in grains and food products that could serve as a guideline for states to use in setting an acceptable level for EDB in food. EDB has been used since 1948 for a wide variety (rf pesticide applications. In 1975, however, the National Cancer Institute said the pesticide appeared See BLOCK, Page 14A Wearing dark ski goggles, sound muffling headphones and an aviator jacket, Harold Schmoidt braves the cold weather to pick up trash on Loop 337 Tuesday Schmoldt’s bag is for collecting aluminum cans. Th mercury dropped to the mid 20s Tuesda night, but a warming trend was expected tc Wednesday and Thursday.Back-seat TV yields arrest of three burglary suspects By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Three Marble Falls men may be wishing they’d stayed out of Comal County Tuesday. Sheriff’s ll. Gilbert Villarreal and Deputy Dennis Koepp were petroling US. Highway 281 shout 11:20 a.m. when they spotted a “suspicious big car with a television in the back seat,” Villarreal said. “We stopped the car about a quarter of a mile south of Cibolo, and found a bag of marijuana in tho front seat floorboard. Then we found a loaded JI 4-inch revolver underneath the front seat, a large butcher knife on the hack seat, and a landed HO automatic under the front seat cover,” Villarreal said. One 20-year-old suspect was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, while another man, on parole for burglary, was charged with possession of marijuana. The third suspect, 31, was charged with possession and unlawfully carrying a weapon. “Marble Falls sent us teletype warrants (Mi these three for possession of stolen property from a robbery earlier Tuesday at the Patio Apartments there,” Villarreal said, who added a television, stereo, two casette players, an amplifier, several pairs of boots and some luggage with clothes inside were also found in the car. The three men were in custody in the Comal County Jail Wednesday morning. “Marble Falls is recommending a $10,000 bond for each,” Villarreal said. “Once they’re magiatratad, the boys from Marble Falls will come pick them up.”Something fishy about thisPerch plentiful in Landa Lake, TLO student says Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. had one thing to say for Mike Perry’s report on the social habits of Rio Grande perch in luanda Lake: it was thorough “It brings up everything that everybody would want to know, with one exception,” said Stratemann. The report doesn’t say that Rio Grande perch (alias Chichlasoma cyanoguttatum love to eat crickets, or that their favorite feeding tune during the August cricket plague is right about dusk, “right when those crickets hit Landa Park,” the mayor said, “lf you go on in the boat with a bucket of crickets, you can catch a lot of perch.” He knows, because three friends talked him into trying it once, some years ago. As “This is one of the first times that we’ve gotten a report back from somebody who came in and said, ‘Hey, can I do some studies"?’’ — Parks Director Court Thieleman. soon as the boat docked at the end of the excursion, the “friends” disappeared into the woods, leaving the future mayor holding the bucket. “It takes a lot (rf hours to dean 1,500 perch,” said Stratemann. “No wonder there aren’t any left,” said Mayor Pro Tem laiverne Eberhard Actually, Parks Director Court Thieleman says there are plenty of perch in the lake. It’s bass that seem to be running short Perry, who did the perch study as part of a class project at Texas Lutheran College, admitted when Thieleman asked that there “weren’t as many bass down there as there should be.” And council members indicated Monday that they had much appreciated getting copies of Perry’s report. “This is (nm of the first tunes that we’ve gotten a report back from somebody who came in and said, ‘Hey, can I do some studies?”’ Thieleman said, Start photo bv Job* Sent* Traveling in style ;