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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas Winds stir up electric problems By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Winds gusting to 50-60 miles per hour seemed to create more problems for Comal County residents last weekend than temperatures dropping into the teens.    . About 1,000 Pedemales Electric Cooperative customers were without power for over three hours early Sunday morning. New Braunfels Utilities lost a circuit from 1-3 a m. Sunday on Highway *6 in ♦he Iselin Plant, while strong winds knocked dead trees into PEC lines in Fischer and kept about SO customers without power for about 12 hours. “The wind — not the cold — was the main problem this go-round,” John Huck, Utilities electrical distribution superintendent, said. “The wind was blowing the wires into the trees, and we had some problems from that. We had to do a quick tree-trimming job on Michigan Street where the lines were tangled up pretty bad.” A big power outage in Sattler was the main headache for Bobby Cowan, See WEATHER, Page 12Local store robbed again For the second Sunday in a row, the Sac ’n Pac at 513 Highway 81 West has been held up. {.ate Sunday night, a man wearing a toboggan and scarf walked into the store, brandished a butcher knife, and made off with an undetermined amount of money. He was last seen fleeing on foot. A week earlier, a man wearing a ski cap with eye holes demanded money and made the clerk lie down on the floor as he left. He was believed to be carrying a gun and police think he may be a suspect in the Jan. IO hold-up of the Circle K at Walnut and I .anda. Police are unsure whether the two Sac 'n Pac holdups are related. Alf)    H05- t\ CROPLEY 1T‘ ft WOMBLE, 10/22/3-' INC, ILC - BOX 45436 p.O-    -- PALLANTX 75243 Phony doctor? Police seeking man in wake of thefts By DANA STELL Staff writer Local police are looking for a 46-year-old man who represented himself as a doctor here while buying large amounts of expensive merchandise with money he didn’t have. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Roger Erik Vanderbilt Morgan-Russman, who came to town in July or August. “He represented himself as a doctor, was employed locally, and opened several checking accounts,” said Lt. Felix Roque. The man had accounts at a credit union, as well as in savings and loans and in banks, the lieutenant said. “His method of operation was to go in a place and buy some merchandise with a check that was valid,” Roque explained. “Then he would come back and buy large amounts of property and w ould make a check for partial payment and finance the rest or make all the payment, but it was no good.” Roque said the man bought everything from clothes, furniture, jewelry, stereos and television sets. One unfortunate merchant “hooked up with several other meerchants and compared notes,” Roque said. “They compared notes and that’s when we were alerted to what was going on. “He has gotten to several merchants and private persons in town for about $15,000,” Roque said. “And we’re investigating this man to see if he is a doctor, where he is now, and where he comes from.” Morgan-Russman left town Jan. 6 after the manager of his apartment complex allegedly caught him moving in the middle of the night, Roque said. Police, who are being assisted by the Texas Rangers and the Austin Police Department, are asking for information about the man and his possible whereabouts. T uesday January 22,1985 25 Cents Vol. 94-No. 16    ^    12    Pages OCRYL Ll Aft* Hi RAIO /f HUN,* recent of a series of break ins at the field in the past 18 months Anyone with information on the incident should contact Gerald Lenz, 629 3920. New Braunfels NMT Intl Rf eta, Texas JOHN TOWER ... 1985 honoree Jower selected as Texan of Year' Former Sen. John Tower will be honored in March as the “Texan of the Year.” Tower will be the guest of honor and main speaker at the 19th annual Texas Legislative Conference sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The conference will be March 21-22. This year’s conference will concern Texas and taxes. Conference chairman David Lamon said he was pleased Tower accepted the invitation. “We hope that the senator will share some of his vast knowledge with us,” in the areas of weapons and arms talks, Lamon said. Tower, who has spoken at the conference in years past, chose in late 1963 not to run for re-election as U.S. senator from Texas. Tower, a former college professor, first went to Washington D.C. to replace Lyndon Johnson’s senate seat in 1961. Johnson left the senate when he was elected vice president of the United States in 1960. Since then he served on several committees, most notably as chairman of the Armed Services committee, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Republican Policy Committee. Recently President Reagan named Tower chief negotiator in the arms talks. Reagan hits positive note in address SV girls blitz ISouthslde By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON - Launching his final four years as president with an appeal for “new boldness,” Ronald Reagan has won promises from some members of Congress to help stop the arms race and reduce the huge federal deficits. But congressional Democrats are warning that the president's initiatives on both the budget and defense could face a reception on Capitol Hill as chilly as the winds that forced Monday’s inaugural ceremonies indoors. Democratic leaders praised Reagan for striking a conciliatory, bipartisan note in his second inaugural address. But they criticized the president’s mention of his proposed anti-missile defense and his call for a balanced federal budget in the face of $200 billion federal deficits. “It was nice rhetoric, but if he had to comply with his own call for a balanced budget, the government would have to shut down today,” said Rep. Tony Coelho, D-Calif., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. A chill of another kind — frigid air and strong winds — forced cancellation of the traditional inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and moved the swearing-in ceremonies indoors. It was the first time since 1833 that brutally cold weather had forced cancellation of the festivities. “Let history say of us, these were golden years — when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life and America reached for her best,” Reagan told a crowd of about 1,000 VIPs crammed into the Capitol Rotunda — only a fraction of the 140,000 who had held tickets to the planned ceremony on the West Terrace of the Capitol. Speaking later in the day in a - Sports, Page 6 “Let history say of us, these were golden years — when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life and America reached for her best,” Reagan said. suburban sports arena to tnousanas of disappointed band members, Reagan said: “You would have been the greatest show on Earth.” A round of nine inaugural balls and scores of private parties culminated four days of inaugural festivities in the nation's capital. Matching the jubilant mood of Washington, the New York stock market closed 34 points higher on Monday. Reagan delivered his inaugural address without benefit of a Teleprompter, unusual for a major presidential address. The speech was solemn and, at times, poetic. “We live in a world lit by lightning. So much is changing and will change, but so much endures and transcends time,” Reagan said. “We must think anew and move with new boldness, so every American who seeks work can find work; so the least among us have an equal chance to achieve the greatest things — to be heroes who heal our sick, feed the hungry, protect peace among nations and leave this world a better place,” Reagan said, citing the “brotherhood of man.” “Our goal must be to bring those wonderful words to life by reducing the threat of nuclear war and by ensuring justice and opportunity for all our people,” said House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., D-Mass., Reagan’s chief congressional critic in his first term. Same sad song The broken glass tells the story — the American Little League's building on Common Street was broken into again last night Vandals did $120 worth of damage in the most Inside Wafer Watch Comal Riva* .... .......226    cf*    (down    4) Canyon inflow ...----466    ct* (down 1641 Canyon Dam outflow ...... 800 cf* (tarnal Edwards Aquifer  ...... 623 74 (up 031 Canyon I aka la vat ... 903 97 (down 201 Today's Weather Comal County forecast calla for cloudy skies through Wednesday. The dunce for Ugh! rain or drizzle U 40 percent tonight and 50 percent en Wednesday. Winds will be easterly near IO mph today and tonight, shifting to the southeast near 16 mph on Wednesday. The high today will be near 40, low tonight in the mid 30«, and a high • Wednesday in the mid 40s. This morning’s low was 20, and yesterday’s high was 42. Sunset will bA et 6 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:25 a .rn. CLASSIFIED 9-11 COMICS 7J CROSSWORD 12 DEAR ABBY 7 DEATHS 3 HOROSCOPE 7 OPINIONS 4 SPORTS 9 STOCKS 12 TV LISTINGS • WEATHER Lewis re-elected appraisal chairman Comal Appraisal District directors Monday night unanimously reelected Charles Lewis as chairman and S.D. David Jr. as secretary. George Erben, who had been vice chairman since 1982, declined to serve again and he was replaced by Arnold Moos Sr. This will be Lewis’ second term as chairman of the board. Also Monday, directors signed a resolution re-naming lawrence Evans of Garden Ridge and Ervin R. Watson of Bulverde to the Appraisal Review Board and appointing Vladimir Pospisil to his first two-year term on that board. Pospisil replaces Ferd L. Wirth, who served on the board since its inception in 1982. Wirth was honored at the meeting with a plaque citing him for his service on the board. The Appraisal Review Board consists of six members who serve two-year terms The board was set up in 1962 to serve as mediator between the appraisal district and property owners. Directors also heard a report on the new computer system at the tax office, which chief appraiser Glenn Brucks said is working “beautifully.” The tax office now has the capability of producing computer printouts of lists such as names and addresses of homeowners in a particular subdivision. -DANA STELL Divers halt search for missing man Murky water thwarted attempts of divers yesterday as they searched for a San Antonio man presumed drowned at Canyon [.ake. Divers from The Dive Shop in San Marcos “dove for almost an hour and had no luck at all,” said park ranger Lee Hunt at Canyon lake. “Visibility is very poor; the divers could barely see each other.” Hunt attributed the water conditions to the increased inflow into the lake, which has stirred up a lot of silt. “And we have no real good idea where he may be," Hunt continued “The lake is more than IOO feet deep in that area and it’s a large area with a lot of trees. It’s very hazardous and we don’t want to risk anyone else’s life.” Wesley Andrew Brooks, 36, was last seen Jan. 6. His car, containing clothing but no scuba gear, was found the next day in Comal Park. Authorities believe he was diving solo in the lake. Low visibility in the water has caused problems with search attempts from the start. Hunt said authorities will continue a daily watch af the water conditions and may attempt another dive when the lake la dearer. —DANA STELL t ;