New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas Volume 93 - No. 11 68 Pages - 4 Sections (USPS 377-880)
Lebanese 'patriot' dies; Israeli plans in limbo
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - Maj. Saad Haddad, lebanese Christian commander of the Israeli-backed militia in southern lebanon, died of cancer Saturday in his hometown of Marjayoun, Israeli officials said.
The 48-year-old Haddad was hospitalized in the northern Israeli city of Haifa for five days until Jan. 5, when he was flown home. Observers here said he apparently wanted to die on Lebanese soil.
Haddad’s death further complicates Israel’s search for a proxy force in southern lebanon that would enable the Israeli army to speed up its withdrawal from the country it invaded 19 months ago to rout Palestinian guerrillas.
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, when informed at his home in Jerusalem of Haddad’s death, expressed deep regret and said, "We salute this distinguished personality," according to spokesman Avi Pazner.
Pazner said Haddad died of cancer. Asked to confirm reports Haddad suffered
from leukemia, a blood cancer, Pazner said he did not know.
Israel Radio reported that Col. Elias Khalil, a Lebanese Christian from the Sidon area, would succeed Haddad as militia commander.
The radio said both Israelis and lebanese had agreed on the appointment, but gave no indication of exactly who was involved in selecting Khalil.
Church bells in Marjayoun, four miles north of the Israeli border, tolled as news of Haddad's death circulated, Israel Radio said. It said Haddad’s wife, Therese, and the couple’s six daughters were at his bedside when he died.
The radio quoted Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens as saying, "Haddad fought bravely and with devotion to prevent the return of terrorists to south lebanon. He was a great lebanese patriot."
Haddad, a Greek Catholic, was drafted into the Lebanese army in 1957 and made it his career. He retained the rank of major
in the Lebanese army at the time of his death.
He abandoned the lebanese army during its disintegration in the 1975-76 Moslem Christian civil war to form his 1,000-man militia of Christians and
Haddad’s foes, primarily Moslem leftists who sided with the Palestine liberation Organization against Israel, denounced him as a traitor. But Haddad insisted he was a lebanese patriot, although his militia received everything from boots to bullets from the Israelis.
After Israel’s 1978 invasion of lebanon, the Haddad militia consolidated its control in the narrow border enclave, which at its broadest point was barely six miles wide. The Israelis withdrew after three months, but they continued to train and supply Haddad and his men.
In 1979 Haddad proclaimed his enclave "the Republic of Free lebanon."
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It will be cloudy and cold through Monday in Comal County with a 20 percent chance of drizzle Sunday. Winds will be northerly at IO mph. Sunday’s high will be in the low 40s, dropping to the low 30s Sunday night and followed by a high on Monday in the upper 40s.
A 20-year-old American soldier assigned to a Pershing 2 nuclear missile unit was kidnapped by "six German demonstrators" early Saturday, a West German police official reported. Hans-Peter Sturm, a senior police officer in Stuttgart, identified the missing soldier as I .ane Fowler. See Page 13A
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WEATHER........................2AAmaro gets probation
for aggravated assault
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
After having found Ramon Amaro Jr., of 2991 Michigan guilty of aggravated assault, a Comal County jury put him on probation for two years Friday and fined him $1,000.
The six-man, six-woman jury deliberated over three hours before deciding Amaro had not acted in self-defense against Robert Cavazos on Aug. 28 at Bronco’s Bar. Instead they found Amaro guilty of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury by cutting Cavazos with a knife.
Cavazos required at least 50 stitches around his nose at McKenna Memorial Hospital after the altercation, and has since undergone cosmetic surgery to correct the disfiguration.
The punishment phase of the trial began shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. Amaro took the witness stand, and
asked the jury to place him on probation rather than send him to prison.
"If you were put on probation and the judge ordered you not to go to places Uke the bar where you got in trouble this time, could you live up to that?," defense attorney Mark Clark asked Amaro. "And do you understand it was carrying a knife into that bar and pulling it that got you in trouble?"
Amaro answered "yes" to both questions.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked Amaro, "If the judge ordered you to pay for Cavazos medical bills, would you be willing to make that restitution?”
Amaro was a little hesitant. "I don’t think I should have to pay for it. He (Cavazos) could have walked away (from the fight), too."
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New Braunfels fireman Robert Reed fights a fire in what's left of a large wood frame house on Highway 81 south of New Braunfels Saturday night. The house, owned by R.J. White and located behind the Starting Gate lounge, was gutted by the
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fire The roof caved in on Reed, but the fireman sustained only minor cuts. Firemen answered the 8 20 p m call and found the
house "in full bloom." It was doused rn about 15 minutes
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Not everyone knows to stop when a school bus flashes its lights
Too close for comfort
Some motorists ignoring school bus lights
It’s against the law to pass a school bus with flashing red lights from any direction.
That one rule gets violated at least six times a week in Comal ISD alone. So maybe people are unaware of what the law is, or even worse, simply chose to ignore it
But the implication of danger to school-age children in Comal County cannot be ignored.
With 18 bus routes, 52 pass-throughs have been reported to Glyn Cloff, transportation administrator for New Braunfels ISD, for the 1983-84 school year sofar.
Comal ISD’s Harvey Pape said his bus drivers "consistently” report people
passing buses while the red lights are flashing, i’d say on the average, drivers call in six or seven times a week. and say, We came pretty dose today to a tragedy,”’ Rape said
"Many close-calls go unreported. I'm sure," he added. "Some drivers would never call in on something like that."
Simple mathematics reveal the seriousness of the situation. NBISD has already passed its total last year of 36 pass-throughs. And in the district across town with 33 weeks of school and six reports a week, the 1983-84 school year could mean at least 196 close-calls for children in CISD
What can be done to prevent a possible tragedy'’ Education might be a place to start. Rape said, and he may be right.
"The law says you have to stop from all directions if those red lights are flashing, except in the case like on LVS Highway 281 where the four lanes are separated by a median." he explained "When a bus driver opens the door, that automatically cuts on the red lights. They go off when the door is closed Bul the driver doesn’t close the door until the children cross the street or are out of the line of traffic."
Rape also suspects some driven,
See ELSES, Page MARamps could become county parks, Reimer says
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Although tempers flared during Friday’s emergency meeting of Comal County Commiaaioners, a possible solution was suggested to end the Canyon Lake boat ramp question.
County Attorney Bill Reimer, who entered the courtroom late in the meeting, suggested that the U.S. Army-Corpe of Engineers could give the ramps to Comal County. The county, In turn, could make the ramp arna Into county porks.
That in effect, Reimer explained, would replace the unlimited liability which the commiaaionen are opposed
to with the limited liability of $109,009 per individual and $300,000 per incident granted the county in the Texas Torts Claims Act.
The county also could charge a user’s fee, and could use that money for upkeep of the ramps.
Canyon Reservoir Manager Phil Parsley said Kevner’s suggestion was "worth looking into." He said the Corps can make this type of arrangement with public entities.
Before Reimer’b announcement, commissioners were discussing Hie ramps with several concerned Canyon Lake citizens. However, the meeting was marred when Canyon Lake resident Bill Beam angrily left
the courtroom after a comment by Commissioner Monroe Wetz concerning how much liability the citizens’ group would assume.
Although Wetz said afterwards he meant only the amount above the statutory limit which the county had to pay, the citizens believed he had said unlimited liability. "He probably misunderstood me, but the judge explained afterwards,” Wetz said.
After the meeting, Beam complained about "the attitude of some of the commissioners.
* We have been here two times before the court (once was in private with Judge Fred Clark)," Beam said. "At all times he (Clark) has kept the
lines of communication open."
"As far as Canyon Lake is concerned, the county doesn’t have any interest in it," added Jacob Jessup, another Canyon laike resident.
The lease for one of the boat ramps will expire Feb. 9. Another lease expired Dec. 31, but the ramp has not been dosed.
In previous meetings, commissioners have expressed concern about any agreement with the Corps which might leave them open to paying unlimited liability under federal law.
This issue surfaced after an accident two years ago. Four San Antonio family members drowned when
a car plunged off one of the county-leased ramps into the lake in July 1981. As a result, the family filed a lawsuit for over $23 million in damages.
At the beginning of the meeting, Beam told the court that citizens representing the Canyon lake subdivisions had organized into a group Tuesday and formed several subcommittees to look into possible solutions.
Jessup, who had talked to three insurance companies, told commissioners, "Ifs almost impossible to get unlimited liability."
For a $5 million liability policy for all eight boat ramps, the insurer
would have to pay $5,000 per year.
Jessup suggested the county keep the ramps open "for the tax base they are getting and the tax base they’ll get ui the future "
Beam said the citizens would be willing to accpet maintenance of the ramps, but wasn't sure the citizens could buy the insurance. ‘ Maintaining, erecting signs — we’re willing to do this."
"In the last three years, we had over $3 million in construction «f homes," Jessup said. He suggested that if the boat ramps weren’t kept open, the construction would no!
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