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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Anguished Texans cast " votes for use offorce WASHINGTON (AF) — For Rep. Charlie Sten-holm of Texas, ii was the “most heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching” vote of his career Saturday as a tom-% ber and divided Congress gave the president authority • I to go to war in the Persian Gulf. See Page 9 A New Braunfels BEST AVA1ABLE COPY City, others voting in Saturday elections Registered voters in the City of New Braunfels will determine if the city should fight Lafargc/Systech, how much money should be spent in the fight and where that money should come from. See Pad**" ■■■    —    ,    VO    '-Ta ttoo NB girls & CHS boys enjoy district success New Braunfels’ girls basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Friday while Canyon’s boys team extended its winning streak to five games, this time winning its District 26-4A opener over Bastrop, See Page ISA qq03 Sunday Jan. 13, 1991 75 Cents Three Sections. 52 Pages 6 caught in sweep By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maw* Editor Authorities of the Comal County Sheriff s Office and the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force swept through the New Braunfels area Friday and Saturday picking up people on various drug charges. The first arrest came around 2 p.m. Friday when Harold Brothers, 30, of New Braunfels was arrested ofT Interstate 35 after a traffic slop. He was allegedly possessing marijuana, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. Brothers was charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces — a misdemeanor offense. He was released from the Comal County Jail after posting a $300 bond. After 6 p.m., two New Braunfels men were arrested after a traffic stop in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant located in the 1200 block of Interstate 35 East. A small amount of methamphetamine was found in the Money talks City, SAFE differ over source of ‘battle’ funds Littlest hogpoke This young hogpoke watches from the outside of the pens all the activities going on with the hogs during Saturday s 1991 Comal County 4-H Livestock Show at the fairgrounds The practice show awarded rib bons. buckles, trophies and jackets to winners in rabbit, lamb, hog and steer shows and showmanship See drugs, Page 2A competition. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor Members of Securing a Future EnvirtMiment arc encouraging voters to support a proposition in the Jai. 19 election that requests the city lo spend current funds to fight Lafargc/Systech instead of increasing taxes. “We need to pac as we go," said SAFE President David Wallace, who announced at a prest conference at Krause’s Cafe Friday that the city has appioximatcly SI .6 million in reserve. But City Manager Paul Grohman wants the depletion of the city’s reserve can mean trouble down the line if the city is hit w ith disaster. “The city does have a fund balance of about $1.1 million which is held in reserve to tiff set any kind of catastrophic event," Grohman said. “That amount of money represents about six week" of operation. "There really is the opportunity of a catastrophic event in this community. We have a history of floods, hurri canes coming inland, tornadoes arc mn unusual. We hat! a windstorm in ’88 That was just a minor windstorm and it cost us $80,000," lie sand. Registered voters in the City of New- Braunfels will go to the polls next Saturday for a non-binding referendum to determine if the city should fight Lafargc/Systech arid its plans to store and burr, hazardous waste and how much money should be spent in the fight and where that money should come from. The funding proposals on the ballot include: spending money from current city funds, borrowing money, increasing sales tax by one-half cent, or increasing property taxes. SAFE supports Propositions I and 3, which call for the city to fight Lafargc/Systech and to use city funds to do it The city is not taking a stand on the election. “lf that money (in the city’s SM RESERVE. Page 2 A J Crime drops in city in 1990 Wow. Who could ask for better    *    ** weather. Today will continue to    By STEPHANIE FERGUSON be mostly sunny with a high of    News Editor about 66 with northeast winds at The City of New Braunfels took a hue out of crime in IO mph. Tonight’s low will drop    ,Qt)0 as n?ur^s pleased by    the police    department    Friday to 42. Monday will be partly    indicate the overall crime rate dropped    by 31    percent in the cloudy with a high in the mid to    c'l> upper' 60s. The long-range outlook Burglaries dropped by 18 percent. Thefts fell 44 percent shows partly cloudy skies, highs    and assaults declined 23 percent. in the 60s and lows in the mid to    ‘ Obviously we’re pleased w ith any kind of decrease    in upper 30s    crime,”    said New Braunfels Police Department Spokcs- man Martin Mayer. “Breaking it down I think we’re going BRIDES ’91    1    -    16B    lo *** aWc 10 slan ana*yz‘n8 whal wc rc doing right, what BUSINESS    6A    *'C re doing wrong. crassured.........................17    ioA    Neighborhood Watch programs and the overall com- "“ST .................  mutinies    involvement in stomping out crime has been an CROSSWARE).............. a    assel to ^roP *n cr*me* Mayer said. CROSSWORD.............................3A    “Ii*s going to put us in a position where we’re going to DEAR ABBY...............................7A    more strongly emphasize Neighborhood Watch programs, EDUCATION... —..................12A    community involvement programs, community policing ENTERTAINMENT _ BA programs," he said. KALEIDOSCOPE.............10,11,13A    Bitch year, the police department compiles statistics on OPINIONS................  4,5A    the seven index crimes being murder, rape. robbery, SPORT..................................15.16A    assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. TV LISTINGS...................  1-9C    In 1990, police investigated 399 burglaries, which were WEATHER.......................  2A    down from the 484 in 1989. Thefts in 1990 totaled 718, down from die 1,281 rn 1989. “Burglaries and thefts, they are strange animals to put ■I    your finger on sometimes," Mayer said. “There’s a lot of -n.    T*    c L. •»•    factors that probably have influences on it. Community The Mid-Texas    Symphony    will    involvement is a factor and Neighborhood Watch prog- present a    coneen    today at    pjn.    ran)S Crime trends may be changing. Maybe people have in Jackson Auditorium rn Seguin. Marianne Weisshaar. a 10-year-old violinist from California, will be the guest soloist. She will be featured in “Concerto No. 3 in G Major for Violin and Orchestra" by Mozart. Maestro Akira Endo also has chosen Variations on “America” by Charles Ives and Malcolm Arnold’s “English Dances’* for this concert. Tickets will be available at the door. They are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and college students, and $2 for students through high school age. IIC students are admitted free with ID. For more information, call the symphony office at 629-0336. .. found softie other ways to fund their illegal enterprises." Assaults reported in 1990 totaled 318. down from the 412 reported the year before. “I think some of the recent changes in family violence laws where people know that if a family violence occurs that they go to jail, I think that’s had a sobering effect on people." Five of the index crimes went up slightly from 1989 to 1990 in New Braunfels. Murder was up in the city by one from 1989. In April of 1990 Larry Wehc. 38, was shot and killed by friend Mark A. Walslcbcn, 44, who is serving time in prison for the crime. Earlier in the year in February Margaret M. Sullivan. 89, was killed by her husband in what appeared to be a murder, and attempted suicide. Her husband Wallace survived a self-inflicted stab wound, In 1989. there were no reported rapes In 1990 there was one Kirk Wayne McBride was found guilty of that assault and sent to prison to serve four 99-ycar terms. Robberies wcrc up by one in 1990 In 1989 there were 24 robberies reported and in 1990, 25. In 1990, there were 105 auto theft reports. In 1989, there wcrc 95. “Car theft seems to be on the increase everywhere and we seem to start catching our share of it," Mayer said. Arson was up to 18 in 1990 from 13 in 1989. In 1991, the police department will be stepping up the war on drugs and crime, Mayer said. “lf you take the dope out of town I think you take the crime problem out of town," he said. Air board will monitor dust Lafarge surveys citizens Through a monitoring program of the Texas Air Control Board. two monitors will be placed in the New Braunfels area to measure for heavy metal emissions that could come from a nearby cement plant, state officials have announced. Monitors will be placed in an arca to I Ik northwest and souih-southcast of the Balcones Cement Plant, located on Wald Road in New Braunfels. The TACH staff worked w ith members of Securing a Future Environment to decide the best locations for the monitors President of SAFE David Wallace worked to get approval from the property owners to place the monitors in the selected locations. “We have several members ... that live by the Lafarge plant who have been experiencing the dust that conies from the plant on their cars, on their porches and on their SM MONITORS, Pag* 2A By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nmi* Editor Members of Securing a Future Environment aren't the only people talking on the phone these days. The officials of the Lafarge Corp. and the Systech Environmental Corp. have hired a company to take a telephone survey of residents in New Braunfels, it was confirmed last week. Bm SURVEY, Fag* 2A New Braunfels High School Cheerleaders Clinic will NOT be held Jan. 18 as previously announced. Look for a Cheerleading Lock-In in April.,.. For some time now, residents of New Braunfels have not had anywhere to take their old newspapers for recycling. Well, Wal-Mart has taken care of that situation. You can’t miss the new huge green recycling center in the store's parking lot. U is for public use and proceeds earned from the sale of items left there will benefit United Way. The bin will collect newspapers (NOT TIED UP OR IN SACKS) and that includes the colored inserts, but no magazines. Separate portions of the bin hold plastic milk jugs — no lids; BM STAMimBCH, Fag* SA Congress gives Bush authority for war WASHINGTON (AP) — An anguished and deeply divided Congress on Saturday gave President Busti authority to wage war in the Persian Gulf. Bush called u a cleat signal that Iraq “cannot acorn die Jan. 15 deadline.’’ Tilis is the prac tical equivalent of a war resolution,’’ House Speaker Thomas Foley said as the House and Senate somberly rejected calls for continued reliance on diplomacy and economic sanctions to force an Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait. Ute Senate voted 52-47 to cmjKiwcr Bush to “use United States armed forces’’ to expel Iraq (rom Kuwait. A short lime later, the House followed suit on a vole of 250-183. Lawmakers faced their starkest war-aiid-peace choice in a half century. “We have not gone the last mile lor peace, and until we do the United States Senate should never, never, never vote for war,” said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. But others said Saddam Hussein’s refusal to withdraw his troupe from Kuwait left them with no choice. “Sanctions without a credible military threat would never have any impact,’’ said Senate Republican leader Bob Dole. Sam Nunn, D*Ga., led the Senate fight against war authority, but said: “If war docs occur ... I will su|i|x)ri our American military foices with whatever they need to prevail.” Shortly after the congressional votes, Bush met with reporters and underscored the Jan. 15 deadline Ay which Iraqi troops must be out of Kuwait. He contended that war is not inevitable, but said his think ing is to act “sooner rather than later’’ if there is no Iraqi compliance by the deadline The president returned to the White House from his Camp David, Md., presidential reueal in anticipation of the endorsement he had sought Hundreds of visitors stood iii line under a leaden sky outside the Capitol, wailing for a chance lo watch a few moments of history from the visitors’ galleries inside. Protesters with anti-war pla cards demonstrated in a cold rain, SM GULF, Fag* 2A Board wants APG to treat rainwater By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*wt Editor A local Ii me-producing company is seeking an amendment to its Texas Water Commission permit in regards to rainwater runoff and the SAFE organization wants to fight its approval. “We’re not sure what kind of discharge they arc going to be having,” said Securing a Future Environment President David Wallace, who announced Friday the group is requesting the Watci Commission have a hearing (Mi the amendment in New Braunfels. ITic legal notice fix amendment states die AIK! Lime C orp., located on Wald Road, is requesting the amendment to ack! two out falls to its property to regulate the discharge of storm water runoff "It’s fix treating storm water runoff that they have,” said Jennifer Mitchell, spokesperson for the TWC. “For the |nisi couple of years they (APG) have been submit ling to us storm water monitoring data. And we decided to go ahead and write two storm water outfalls into their permit There are two points on the facility property where storm water runs off that we think they need to treat.” Plant Manager Ronald Bon ne ma said the amendment will allow the comtian) to construc t a small concrete catch basin and neat the rainwater before it flows into the Dry Comal, making it a better quality water “The rainwater is going to be left more or less in the natural drainage ways as it goes now,” he said. "What we’re going to do is intercept it on its way off the plant property, monitor it for pH and if the pH is a little hit high or stxncihing we ll treat it w ith carbon dioxide to adjust the pH down to an acceptable level." Rainwater that washes off the property picks up lime and lime dust, he said. “Lime ct course, being an alkaline, SM WATER. Pag* SA NBD rates, waste on agenda A range of meetings this week will touch on the subject of hazardous waste, will include the debate of an increase iii water and scwci rates and will focus on educational test scores. • Monday ai 7:30 p.m. the New lit auf els City Connu! will meet to consider the second reading of an txdinance proposing to increase waler and sewer rates in the city. The Council also will conduct a public hearing lodircuss the development of housing ami community development needs, the amount of funding available, all eligible activities umler the Texas Commerce Department Prog ram and Ok use of jiast TX’DP contract funds. Councilmcmbcrs also will consider approving the (xoposcd site in luanda Paik to erect a Veterans’ memorial. •Monday at 5:30 p.m New Braunfels Independent School District board cf trustees will meet in executive session for the annual evaluation «if Superintendent Charles Br ad berry. •Tuesday at 7 30 p.rn New Braunfels Inde/wmient School District board cf SM MEETINGS, Fag* 2A Man charged with false imprisonment A San Antonio man was arrested Friday and charged with impel statuting a public servant ami false imprisonment by Comal County authorities Fredrick Andrew Andes, 29, was arrested at a resilience off Watson lam' and Interstate 35. He was released from the Cixual County Jail after posting two $300 bonds. SM FALSE, Pap* tA * I ▼ ;