New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
■ • BUX 45436 DALLAS, TX 75245Local crime rate dropped again in 1984By DANA STELL Staff writer
For yet another year, crime in New Braunfels slowed down.
Police Department statistics for 1984 for the seven national index crimes — murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft and auto theft — indicate a 6 percent drop last year. The incidence of major crimes in 1983 had dropped ll percent from 1982’s total.
“That three-year decrease, we’re glad of that,” said police chief Burney Boeck. “We had a little slow summer and that certainly had an effect on it, and we’ve been able to come down on major crimes three years in a row.
“We added two investigators in 1981 and we’ve really concentrated on burglary, armed robbery, and theft,”
Boeck continued. “And we’ve had several neighborhood watch programs spring up over the years.”
There were 1,072 major cases last year compared to the 1,141 worked in 1983, and 1,285 in 1982.
Although the overall crime rate dropped, there were more murders, rapes, assaults and car thefts in 1984 than in 1983. No murders had been reported in 1983, but one was committed in 1984 and in 1981 and 1982. The number of reported rapes rose from three to four in 1984. There were five rape reports in 1982.
The occurrence of car theft, after dropping from 79 to 51 in 1983, increased to 66 in 1984. One hundred forty people reported assaults in 1984 — compared to 121 in 1983. “That 51 we felt was low and we’re probably back into line a little more,” Boeck said.
Robbery, dropping from 22 to 21, and theft, going from
629 to 598, both showed a 4 percent decrease; while burglary reports, which went from 315 to 242, dropped a whopping 23 percent.
The 865 traffic accidents investigated by the police department indicate a IO percent increase, while the number of fatalities remained at six. State troopers worked 36 traffic accidents, a 25 percent increase, which resulted in no deaths. The previous year had four deaths.
Driving While Intoxicated dropped 64 percent last year from 347 to 122, while traffic citations dropped 13 percent from 6,441 to 5,552. That number had risen in 1983 from 5.773 in 1982.
The animal warden was called 3,341 times in 1984 — about nine times per day. That’s an increase of 13 percent from 1983 when 2,944 calls were received.
That number corresponds to the 15 percent increase in the number of animals placed in the pound, which rose from 955 to 1,101.
“That’s becuase we have more people in town and some lf the annexation — they have their pets,” Boeck said.
Leash law citations dropped 80 percent and reported animal bites fell 58 percent.
Total adult and juvenile arrests both dropped in 1984 — there were 1,682 adults taken into custody last year (2,213 in 1983) and 60 juveniles (105 in 1983).
In all, city police received 13,248 calls for service in 1984, a decrease of five percent. That number had risen one percent from 1982 to 1983. Written reports were filed for 3,554 of those incidents (down 9 percent) with a IO percent decrease in the number of criminal offenses.
Dump truck chase ends near Canyon
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A highway chase involving a stolen dump truck and four law enforcement agencies began in Selma early this morning and ended near Canyon High School with the arrest of a 25-year-old man.
Dwayne I-ee Korirner, 25, of an unknown address, was arrested by Selma police for fleeing a police officer and reckless driving. He was placed in custody in the Guadalupe County Jail and could face still another charge relating to the dump truck.
“We’ve now confirmed it (the truck) was stolen out of San Antonio,” Selma Police Chief Ben Wolfe said around presstime today. “But at 2 this morning, all we knew was the ignition had been by-passed in some way because there was no key in the ignition.”
Wolfe said the ordeal began around 2 a.in. when Selma Police Officer J. Hill stopped the dump truck, traveling north on Interstate 35, for having no tail lights. “When Officer Hill got to the driver’s
See CHASE:, Page 12A
This is January?
Except for the jackets slung over their shoulders, you wouldn't know that New Braunfels Middle School students Brent Bratton (left) and Cistori Skroder are walking in mid January instead of September.
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Unseasonably warm weather returned to Comal County this week, sending tem peratures into the 70s. However, the cold weather is due back this weekend
What women want What men want —Ann Landers — Mike Royko
War between the sexes
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McQueeney, EUWD vote due Saturday
Voters in the McQueeney area will decide Saturday if that town will become an incorporated
Also that day, a director will be chosen to represent Comal County on the Edwards Underground Water District board of directors.
Incumbent director Craig Holhnig is challenged by W.E. Ixiwry. Directors serve six-year terms.
Polls will be open for both elections from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the Edwards election, absentee voting, which ended Tuesday, was light — only five persons made their choices early. The number was somewhat higher in Seguin, as 27 people voted absentee. An election office spokeswoman there said two ballots are still out and should come in by Saturday.
McQueeney voters will cast their ballots in McQueeney School.
Persons voting in the Edwards election will cast ballots at their usual polling place.
Those in county election precincts 4, 5, and IO vote at Bracken Fire Station? precinct# 9, 12, and 14 vote at New Braunfels High School, entrance on East I.(Kip 337; precincts 8. 22, and 23 vote at Seele Element »ry School.
Persons in precincts 1,2,3,6, and 7 vote at First Methodist Church; those in precincts ll, 15, and 20 vote at Eagles Hall; and those in 16,17, and 18 vote at Faith United Church of Christ.
White's coffers filled in '84; Hobby second
AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Mark White, having received nearly $2 million in political contributions during the last six months of 1984, led state officeholders in fund-raising, according to campaign finance reports.
Et. Gov. Bill Hobby raised the second-highest amount. $1.3 million, while the other statewide officeholders collected less than $1 million each The report filed Thursday for White showed that his political organization. The Texas Committee, spent more than $1.1 million during the period from July I to Dec. 31.
White, midway through his first term as governor, has not formally announced whether he will seek reelection in 1986 But he has left little doubt about his intentions “Any of them who can raise the $1,500 filing fee, we’ll take on." White said last week when asked about Republicans who might run for governor next year.
The finance report filed Thursday showed that The Texas Committee took in $1,995,715 during the six-month reporting period Of that. $1,653,850 came in financial contributions from individuals and political action committees, while $16,790 was received in other donations.
Ixians from three banks totaled $325,000 - $125,000 from the Oglesby State Bank in Oglesby and $100,004) each from First City Bank and Texas Commerce Bank, both of Austin Of the $1,171,599 in spending reported by The Texas Committee, more than half $796,342 went to repay loans. Much of the remaining spending went for fund-raising ex penses, salaries and travel.
The report listed five loan repayments: $102,186 and $159,207 to the Republic Bank. Austin; $105,101 to United Bank of Texas; $102,436 to Texas Commerce Bank, Austin; and $327,410 to Allied Bank of Texas. Houston.
Among other spending reported were payments totaling $30,500 to Dick Morris, a New York City political consultant.
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raised $13 million Shannon Ratliff, an Austin lawyer who is treasurer of The Texas Committee, said Morris has a contract to do polling and other political consulting work for White.
Another $15,000 in consulting fees was paid to I Miles Gray of Houston David Mason an aide in White’s press office said Gray helped
Se. MONEY. Page 12A
Choose sex or ,
columnist tells men
CHICAGO (AP) — Prompted by the news that Ann landers’ feiriale readers prefer snuggling over sex, columnist Mike Royko wants to find out whether his male readers would choose the bowling alley over bedroom sports.
Following up on a survey by Miss landers, Royko asked Thursday in his column in the Chicago Tribune: “Given your choice, men, would you rather be having sex with your wife or out bowling with your buddies?”
Royko said in an interview that he realized the need to survey men after reading “some of the hilarious responses to Ann’s columns.
“Her survey was meaningless to men because men aren’t concerned with the option of
“Maybe some of the men in San Francisco would be, but not on (Chicago’s) Milwaukee Avenue. That’s why my survey and the options I offer are more realistic.”
Miss landers, whose column is syndicated in more than 1,000 newspapers, asked her female readers three weeks ago if they would be content to forget “the act” if they were cuddled and treated tenderly.
She said that of nearly 100,000 readers responding, 72 percent said “yes,” and many went on to explain their rationale in letters of three pages or more.
Royko, whose column is syndicated in 225 newspapers,
See SURVEY, Page 12A
Comal County forecast calls for sunny skies today, turning fair and cold tonight, and partly cloudy on Saturday. Winds will be from the west near IO mph today, shifting to a south-southwesterly direction on Saturday. Highs today and Saturday will be in the upper 60s, with a low tonight in the mid 30s. This morning’s low was 38, and yesterday’s high was 58. Sunset today will be at 5:57 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:26 a.m.
Miami quarterback Dan Marinos slight casa of dint ness had the entire madia entourage swooning Thursday in San Francisco Sports, Page 8A.
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Muscovy ducks due at shelter
The city’s new Adopt-a-Duck program is underway this week as 200 ducks are on their way to the New Braunfels Humane Society to await adoption
Within the next two weeks, animal shelter manager Olen Elliott said he expects about 200 Muscovy ducks to come to the shelter from luanda Park.
Elliott said 15 ducks were adopted Thursday and he expects another shipment in today.
City Council Jan. 14 decided to begin the Adopt-a-Duck program in an effort to rid the park of an enormous amount of ducks, which contribute to the total bacteria count in the lake.
Parks director David Whatley recommended the city get rid of about 200 of the 300 Muscovy ducks at
Over 200 of the ducks will be available for adoption at the shelter.
the pork by putting them up for
Muscovy ducks come in two varieties either white with red around their heads or dark black and green color.
Persons living outside of city limits may adopt a duck for free. Elliott said he has the names of people who want duck* and said he has been “going dow n the list calling them.”
The animal shelter, at 1922 Kuehler, is open from IO a m. to 4 p m Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.iii Sunday.