New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Smoke fills hall of nursing home
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
The west wing of Colonial Manor Nursing Home was evacuated Thursday night after a heating unit blew a transformer, filling the hall with smoke.
The New Braunfels Fire Department sent four units at 10:30 p.m., followed by a Civil Defense team and a number of volunteer firefighters, who had heard via radio scanner that the wing was on fire.
There was more smoke than fire, as it turned out. By ll p.m., city firemen had pinpointed the source as a roof-
mounted heating unit. Shift Captain John Williams said that the unit had short-circuited, causing the transformers to burn out, and that the ventilation system had picked up the smoke and spread it through the west wing.
Within the hour, nurses and aides were moving some 15 dislocated residents back to their rooms. Friends and relatives who had rushed to the home after hearing the alarms left, looking relieved.
Colonial Manor had plenty of people on hand to help, because the smoke alarms went off just at shift change.
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Friday the 13th
Friday isn't such a bad day, but when you combine it with the number 13, watch out. As Associated Press correspondent Hugh Mulligan points out, the two working toegther create the need to avoid black cats, throw salt around, avoid ladders, etc. Since 1984 is a leap year, there will be three Friday the 13ths this year. See Opinions, Page 4A.
Crime dropped in 1983, police department reports
A lot of things went up in New Braunfels last year, but crime went down.
Police Department statistics for the seven national index crimes (murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft) show an ll percent drop for 1983. City officers worked 1,141 major cases during the past 12 months, as opposed to 1,285 in 1982.
Numbers went down in each of the individual categories except robbery, which showed a IO percent increase. No murders were reported in the city last year, whereas there had been one each in 1981 and 1982. The number of reported rapes dropped from five to three, for a 40 percent decrease. Assault was down 20 percent; burglary nine percent and theft seven percent.
Police Chief Burney Boeck thinks this may be a
nationwide trend, but he’s still pretty happy about his statistics.
“An ll percent decrease in your major crimes is pretty good, especially the nine percent decrease in burglary,” he said. He admitted that 315 burglaries was “still too many — nearly one a day,” but said burglary in recent years had been a headache for law enforcement authorities everywhere.
Auto thefts dropped from 79 in 1982 to 53 last year, showing a 35 percent decrease. However, Boeck said that 79 was “sort of a bumper crop,” and that 53 stolen cars in a year was more or less average for this city.
New Braunfels had a three percent increase in index crimes between the end of 1981 and the end of
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Volume 93—No. 10
Prices post lowest gain
in 19 years
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale prices rose a minuscule 0.6 percent last year, the smallest gain in two decades, the government said today.
Gasoline prices fell a record IO percent; home heating oil costs were off 15.8 percent.
The overall increase was less than one-fifth the 3.7 percent gain in 1962.
As for last month’s report, prices rose just 0.2 percent, the Labor Department said, as a 1.0 percent decline In energy prices offset sharp meat (rices gains.
Even before today’s Producer Price Index for finished goods was issued, analysts were hailing the economy’s performance last year.! economist for the New York investment firm of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb Inc., predicted the new report would be “the capstone of a year of rather sensational statistics on inflation.”
Added Thomas Thomson, chief economist for San Francisco’s Crocker National Bank, “The news is great for 1983.”
Not since 1964 — when prices rose only 0.5 percent — have wholesale costs risen so slowly.
They were up 7.1 percent in 1981 and 3.7 percent in 1982.
The good news about prices last year was largely attributed to the moderate 2.2 percent increase in food prices, about the same as in 1982. Much of the food price improvement came as a result of meat price declines posted throughout the fall as producers trimmed their herds in the face of skyrocketing feed prices.
But December’s report, showing increases of 6.3 percent for beef and veal and 7.4 percent for pork, offered
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A grass fire off Watson Lane Thursday afternoon spread to a nearby shed, destroying a go cart and a camper shell owned by Eulalio De La Fuente of New Braunfels. The fire also did
some violence to the shed itself, but no injuries to humans were reported. The winter blaze, reported at 1:27 p.m., also burned four to six acres of grass.
Kuempel files for 2nd term
Edmund Kuempel, state representative for Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall counties, wants to keep his job for a couple more years, at least. He filed Thursday morning for a spot on the Republican primary ballot in May.
The Seguin businessman was elected to represent District 46 in November 1982, defeating Democratic nominee John Taylor. During his first term in the House, Kuempel was named one of the top 20 conservatives there by the Young Conservatives of Texas.
When the regular session ended last summer, Kuempel cited the new, tougher Driving While Intoxicated laws as one of the legislature’s top accomplishments, along with steps to keep the budget under control.
Edmund KuempelOwnby death still mystery
SAN ANTONIO I AP) — Federal investigators who initially were baffled by a terse note saying a two-star general had been executed for crimes against the people of the world,” now say the man might have committed suicide.
The FBI said Thursday that Army Reserve Maj. Gen. Robert G. Ownby could have looped a noose around his neck and stepped into a second-story stairwell after tying his own hands behind turn.
Two notes were found at the headquarters building at Fort Sam Houston, including a typewritten message pinned to the general’s sweater that read: “Captured, tried, convicted of crimes by the U.S. Army against the people of the world. Sentenced and executed.”
The body of Ownby, 48, head of the 90th U.S. Army Reserve Command, was discovered about 6:40 a m. Wednesday.
His glasses, jacket and wallet were found in a neat See GENERAL, Page I2A
It will be cool this afternoon, turning cloudy and cold tonight and Saturday. There will be a 30 percent chance of light rain today, increasing to a 50 percent chance Saturday. Winds will be northerly near 15 mph today, decreasing to between 10-15 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 5:53 p.m., and sunrise Saturday wull be at 7:27 a m. High today will be in the nud 40s, low tonight near 30, and a high Saturday in the upper 30s. This morning’s low was 31, and yesterday’s high was 64.
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Jury deciding fate of Ramon Amaro Jr.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
As of presstime Friday, a Comal County jury was deliberating whether Ramon Amaro Jr., was guilty of aggravated assault or acted in self-defense against Robert Cavazos on the night of Aug 28 Cavazos required at least 50 stitches around his nose at McKenna Memorial Hospital after an altercation inside Bronco’s Bar that night. He had been cut by Amaro with a knife.
A string of witnesses gave varying courtroom accounts of the incident Thursday. But District Attorney Bill Schroeder chose to ignore thoae variations in his closing arguments Friday, and concentrated on the question, “Did Amaro have the nght to do what he did by law?”
“Okay, so Amaro was bumped,’’ Schroeder argued, “intentionally — I don’t know Someone hit
See TRIAL, Page IZALoeffler, senators accused of pork barrel politics
SAN ANGELO (AP) - The importance of Goodfeliow Air Force Base training programs to the national defense has been challenged and the base included in a list of socalled “pork barrel” programs by a presidential advisory panel, according to published reports.
The President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission because of its chairman, J. Peter Grace of the multimillion-dollar, multi-national conglomerate, W. R. Grace 6 Sons, has been studying — at President Reagan’s request — all aspects of federal operations with a view toward effecting greater governmental efficiencies.
The section released Wednesday related to what the Washington Post (loser! bos as monuments “to the
multibillion-dollar pork-barrel tradition in which members of Congress obtain and prolong costly and-or questionable projects from Alaska to Maine.”
Commission members decided to delete most of the names of the projects and all congressional names from their final draft, but that the newspaper obtained a copy of the original draft.
The Post said the Grace Commission learned that the Air Force had determined a $14 million annual savings could be effected by closing Goodfeliow, “but that issue is dead, thanks largely to Sen. John G. Tower, (R-Texa8), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas) of House Appropriations and Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, (D-Texas).”
Rep. Tom Loeffler (left) and Senators John Tower (center) and Lloyd Bentsen were credited with
the survival of Goodfeliow Air Force Base in San Angelo.
Loeffler’s vast West Texas district includes Comal County.
In 1978, Goodfeliow activity centered around more than IOO courses in military intelligence training offered to Army, Mavy, Air Force and Marine personnel, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported Wednesday. The programs are called cryptology training.
When Goodfeliow was put on the closing list in April, 1978, it was one of a $337 million package of military installations and 40 radar sites proposed for closure or realignment, the Standard-Times said.
Of the facilities on that list, most (rf the radar sites and some of the military installations have since been closed or realigned, while Good-fellow’s role in training military intelligence personnel was determined
by military and congressional members as an appropriate and important link in the national defense effort
A spokesman for Sen Bentsen said Tuesday in response to the Grace Commission report, “I am certain that Sen Bentsen is proud that he was able to keep Goodfeliow Air Force Base open It is important to our national defense effort, and he is going to continue to be very proud of what he did.”
An aide to Tower told the Dallas Times Herald the senator “certainly doesn’t view Goodfeliow as pork,” and that the base “has a long future as an important part of our military system.” ljoeffler, in a statement issued
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