New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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52 Pages — 4 SectionsRecord snow blankets city, county
By DANA STELL Staff writer
Comal County residents saw possibly the largest recorded amount of snowfall here in one day Saturday as a bitter winter storm belted large portions of Texas with snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
Saturday’s quiet storm, expected to continue through today, came little more than a week after the year’s first snow on Jan. 3.
The white stuff began to fall in this area before daybreak Saturday and it snowed continuously into the night.
The winter storm warning will remain in effect, with an 80 percent chance of snow due today, turning to a 60 percent chance tonight and Monday.
Three to five more inches of snow were expected Saturday night, with one to two more inches lined up for today. Radio station KNBT measured at least six inches of snow between midnight Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.
A dispatcher at the Comal County Sheriff’s department Saturday evening said she had received reports of up to 12 inches of snow in drifts along FM 306 and 8 inches on the ground.
Few outages were reported by New Braunfels Utilities Saturday afternoon. “We’ve only had three calls so far,” said Sandy Woolls, an NBU lineman. “We’ve had a few individual houses lose power, but the longest duration has been an hour or so.
“Mostly, it’s been transformers being overloaded that have been the problem.”
The same held true for Pedernales Electric Cooperative, which serves Canyon l<ake. “We’ve had a few isolated incidents of power outages, but they have been minor,” said Fred
More snow predicted
A travelers’ advisory and winter storm warning will remain in effect through today because of freezing rain and snow. Continued cold temperatures will bring with them an 80 percent chance of snow today, turning to a 60 percent chance tonight and Monday. High today will be in the 20s, increasing to near 30 Monday. Saturday’s high was 26. rising only one degree above that morning’s low of 25. Sunset tonight will be at 5:53 and sunrise Monday will be at 7:27 a.m.
Bragg, PEC enginering clerk. “Amazingly, it’s holding up pretty well, a lot better than I thought it would.”
Snow extended from the upper Texas coast across South Central Texas and the Hill Country into the Edwards Plateau region as authorities advised residents to stay off the highways.
Few wrecks, but several out-ofcontrol cars, were reported in the New Braunfels area. “People are just staying in, I guess,” said a dispatcher at New Braunfels police department.
Don Clark, a spokesman with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, said “very hazardous driving conditions’’ existed from near Houston to Austin and San Antonio, southward to Corpus Christi and west to the Big Bend region.
The snow line “breaks off just north of Austin.” Clark said. “You get south of Temple, you have
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See weather. Page 16A A hardy soul braves the downtown snowstorm
Ut HYI CLARK HCRAt D ZEITUNOOrosco gets life after murder convictionBy DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Michael Anthony Orosco of San Antonio was sentenced to life in prison and fined $10,000 by a Comal County jury Friday for the murder of 18-year-old Felipe Mon-temayor Torres last May.
The jury deliberated about four hours Friday before reaching its guilty verdict around 2:30 p.m. The punishment phase of the trial, including testimony, closing arguments and deliberations, was over by 4:30 p.m.
Orosco showed no emotion after 207th
District Judge Robert Pfeuffer read the maximum sentence ordered by the jury to the courtroom audience. He simply made the sign of the cross on his chest, and sat down.
Torres’ body was found by Sid Weidner on his ranch at U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1863 on May 13. He was the last of five dumped bodies discovered in Comal County last year, and had been stabbed 38 times.
Testimony in the punishment phase established two prior felony convictions in Bexar County against Orosco - one for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in May of 1982, the other for possession of a
prohibited weapon on licensed premises in July of 1984 The unauthorized use conviction was then used to enhance the minimum punishment the jury could consider Friday from five years to 15 years. The maximum was 99 years or life, and-or a fine up to $10,000.
Orosco took the witness stand Thursday and said he did not kill Torres, and was at his girlfriend’s house when the murder allegedly took place. But Julian Mesa, the .state’s key witness, testified Wednesday he saw the stabbing occur, and that Orosco was the killer.
In closing arguments Friday, District
Attorney Bill Schroeder asked the jury to put Orosco behind bars for as long as possible “He (Orosco) is not quite 30, but his path of crime is enormous.
"This case calls for you to come down hard. If you do that, you will have served as protectors of this society . If you don’t, who will’’,’’ Schroeder asked
Defense attorney Paul Cedi I lo pleaded foible jury to show mercy on his client “Just because he made a mistake doesn’t mean his life isn't worth something. Felipe Torres’ life was worth an infinity, but by the same token. so is Michael Orosco’s,” he added.
C'edillo also appealed to the jury to remember Orosco grew up on the streets and not the Boy Scouts “Maybe some good can come out of this, and I ask you to come back with a verdict as close to the minimum as you can.
“I hope, as a Christian, you can come back with the right judgment," he said.
In closing, Schroeder said being too compassionate tends to get juries in trouble. “And Mr Cedilla s references to Christianity and mercy., we are on planet Earth, pimple I his isn t heaven There s no (lad to come down here and protect us We’re on our own."
'Crashing jetliner' believed a hoax
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) - Of ficials at the Kuwait airport control tower received a distress signal Saturday purportedly radioed by a “crashing jetliner” in the Persian Gulf, but they said later they believed the report was a hoax.
Kuwaiti control tower sources initially said a jet, possibly of West Germany's Lufthansa airline, crashed into the Persian Gulf near the Iranian coast and that at least 135 people were believed killed.
However, “we are beginning to doubt the signal and don’t believe with any degree of certainty that a I plane has crashed anywhere in the I Gulf waters,” Kuwait airport traffic supervisor Ali Ustaz told The Associated Press later in a telephone # interview. “I am inclined to believe the whole thing was a hoax.” Lufthansa officials reported none of their planes was missing.
Ustaz said the control tower had received a signal from someone reporting he was on a jetliner, which was not identified, “yelling for help [and screaming ’we are sinking, we ire sinking.’”
"Then the same voice came back on the radio monitor minutes later,” Ustaz said. “The voice said that the plane had fallen into the water and that water was getting into the aircraft. The voice said he was not the captain and that he was one of the surviving passengers.
“Now, with hindsight we are inclined to think that the whole thing was a hoax.”
Word about the alleged crash first came from Tel Aviv, Israel, where radio monitor Mickey Gurdus said he had heard the Kuwait control tower say that there were 197 people aboard the plane and there were 62 survivors.
He said a man claiming to be a passenger on the plane sent a distress signal saying the plane had crashed near the Iranian coast, that water was pouring in and he was trying to escape Gurdus, who monitors short-wave radio broadcasts around the Middle East and has been the first to report information on hijackings in the
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Due to bad weather, today’s Herald Zeitung was printed four hours earlier. The earlier deadline was an attempt to get the newspaper to our carriers before road conditions deteriorated even further, especially in the Hill Country.
Eighteen-year-old Rafael Maldonado has lost a leg to cancer. He’s had four operations and ll tumors removed from hts
lungs. He’s lived a year and a half longer than his doctors predicted. With that medical history, you’d expect hun to be bedridden, but guess again. He’s more likely to be restoring a 1967 Firebird. See Page IB
This year’s Super Bowl has the makings for the best game ever -the National Football League’s two best teams, two of the best coaches, the best athletes. Sports, Page 14A
Athletic eligibility standard relaxed
AUSTIN (AP) - The State Board of Education approved Saturday a change in school rules designed to ease the worries of public school officials about the eligibility of athletes and others taking part in University Interscholastic league competition.
The board approved on voice vote an amendment that says eligibility for extracurricular activities shall continue to be the same as they were under previous UIL standards until mid February
Jack Strong, of Longview, chairman of the board’s Committee on Students, explained the board rule requiring a passing grade of 70 in all courses was approved in December, meaning that some students might be suspended from extracurricular activities by mid-February because of failing grades.
“However, the UIL repealed all its eligibility rules on December 31 which left no eligibility requirements on grades effective for the fourth six weeks of the school year,” Strong said.
Strong said many school officials contacted the committee about the
situation, fearing some athletes might In* suspended under the old UIL rules which only require contestants to be passing in four courses.
“This just makes the eligibility the same as it was under UIL until our new rules take effect in February,” Strong said.
In other action, the board tentatively approved a waiver for schools that would find it a hardship not to put th)* new requirement of only 22 students to a classroom in the first three grades.
The waiver, which must be voted on two more times, says the state education commissioner can suspend the rule for one year when there is no teai'her personnel available or when there is a lack of facilities.
Earlier, board members were told that the new requirement of only 22 in a classroom, dictated by the recent school reform legislation, could cause an annual shortfall of 1,900 to 2,120 elementary teachers throughout the state
The board approved on .second reading another requirement of the
See UIL, Page ICA