New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
U.S. keeping watch on Iraqi planes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said today that the U.S. military is prepared to attack any Iraqi planes that try to rejoin the Persian Gulf war from Iran. The Pentagon upped to HK) its estimate of the number of Iraqi planes that had fled to Iran.
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Deputies capture man after he shot them
DALLAS (AP) — Two sheriff j deputies were shot late Monday as they tried to serve a menial illness warrant. Despite their injuries, two Dallas County deputies were able to apprehend the suspect, said sheriffs spokesman Jim Ewell.
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Unicorns girls trying to stay in playoff chase
New Braunfels' girls basketball team hopes to keep its playoff chances alive tonight as it hosts Hallandale. A road win at Harlandalc was the Unicorns' first district win, but they have since bested East Central and McCollum.
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Man’s effort to escape jail being probed
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
An investigation continues today concerning the attempted escape of a county jail prisoner, who was caught by authorities sawing through a vent in his cell.
Richard Jerome Taliaferro, 30, of San Antonio was charged Monday with attempted escape and bond set at $25,000. He was in the Comal County Jail on a charge of aggravated robbery.
Lt. Alan Trollinger of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said Sheriff Jack Bremer is continuing the investigation into other inmates, who may be involved in the attempted escape.
"Our security procedures and the reinforcement of a number of weaknesses would have prevented him from escaping even if he had gotten out of the vent,” Trollinger said. “Things are not like they are in the movies. It’s just not going to happen.”
Since Taliaferro arrived at the jail he was considered a security risk under the classification procedures Bremer instituted when he took office. Therefore, Taliaferro was observed more closely arui more often, Trollinger said. He was housed in a 7-man cell block in a cell by himself.
l-atc Saturday night. Jail Officer Jim Shipley observed Taliaferro
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
The aggravated robbery trial of Richard Jerome Taliaferro, who was charged with holding up aid shooting a local convenience store clerk, continues today in district court.
Retired District Judge M. Ted Buller of Bexar County is presiding over the trial.
New Braunfels Police Department Detective Basel Boatright, who investigated the robbery, took the stand today. An 8-man, 4-woman jury was seated to hear the ease Monday.
Boatright told the court Taliaferro was arrested Sept. 5, 1990 in San Antonio. He was then taken to the Department of Public Safety office in San Antonio where a warrant was issued on the aggravated robbery charge. He was then transported to Comal County. DPS and the Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation and arrest.
Taliaferro was charged with robbing the clerk at the Pit Stop Food Mart at Ruckle Road and Interstate 35 Aug. 21 and then shooting the clerk twice. The clerk was treated and later released from McKenna Memorial
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By DANA OVERSTREET water treatment plant,” said Council-
City Editor member James Goodbrcad, who has
A 29-pcrcent water rate increase — been in opposition to New Braunfels touted as a good compromise — was Utilities’ 48-pcrccnt rate increase approved Monday night by New request from the beginning.
Braunfels City Council. In recommending the 29-pcrccnt
Council voted unanimously to increase Goodbrcad said although he approve the water rate hike with a believes the increase is still a steep 15-perccnt increase in 90 days and an one, the people of the city could increase of the remaining 14 percent handle it.
six months after that. Thirty percent of the original water
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Visit reminds council
of AACOG role in area
A three-page letter and a personal visit from the executive director helped open the eyes of New Braunfels City Council members about the services provided the area by Alamo Arca Council of Governments.
CounciImcmbers on Jan. 14 agreed to discontinue the annual $1,118.40 payment to AACOG because “we do not get a great deal of service," said City Manager Paul Grohman at the time.
"The advantages of your inclusion within a collaborative network of more than 90 local governments working together through planning, coordinated purchasing and other program activities across 12 counties
extend Lit beyond the technical assistance available for grant application preparation or during the clearinghouse review and comment process,” stated Al Not/on, executive director of AACCX).
Through the Alamo Arca Agency on Aging, 3,297 meals arc home-delivered or served at nutrition sites to New Braunfels senior citizens each month, he said. That costs AACOG about SI22,000 year “Also every month, your citizens avail themselves of an average of 1,427 one-way trips ... totaling $42,810 in transjtortation assistance each year,” he said.
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Rusty Walters rinses hogs freshly shampooed for an appearance at a weekend livestock show, staged by the Smithson Valley High School’s Future Farmers of America at the Comal County Fairgrounds (Photo by Erik Karlsson)TA AS scores better than state averge
Students in the Comal Independent School District scored higher than the state averages in all categories of the TA AS test given to third, fifth, seventh, ninth and eleventh graders at the beginning of the school year.
“Our teachers really need to pat themselves on the back,” said Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for curriculum.
Hall released the test scores Monday during a regular meeting of the board of trustees that met at Smithson Valley High School.
The Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test was first administered in October.
TAAS replaces the Texas Edu-
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killed in allied air raid
dent Saddam hinted to Cable News Network that Iraqi air force planes leaving for Iran might return to action during the war. And he showed no sign of backing down in the face of nearly two weeks of allied assaults.
White House spokesman Marlin Fitzwater dismissed Saddam’s comments. Judging from initial reports, Fitzwater said, “it appears to be the standard propaganda speech in which he again threatens to kill Americans and undertake all sons of despicable acts of war.”
Allied officials have said as many as IOO Iraqi planes, both combat and transpon aircraft, have taken refuge in Iran, which has declared its neutrality
in the gulf war. Iraq has about 700 planes in its air force.
The Tehran government has promised to impound the planes until the war's end. But Saddam, asked about the planes, told CNN that "Iraq and Iran are neighboring Muslim countries, and regardless of the circumstances of the past, they both see the current confrontation here as a battle between faith and the infidel.'' Iran and Iraq fought an eight-year war that ended in 1988.
Asked if the planes would be used in the current conflict, Saddam said: ‘ ’ Each case in its own circumstance. ’ ’
Fitzwater said the U.S. military knows where the Iraqi planes are.
"They watched them go in,'* he said. "They'll attack them when they come out."
His remarks were echoed by Stevens. Pressed by reporters about the departure of Iraqi planes to Iran, he said any aircraft would be shot down over Iraq.
Stevens also said today that a giant oil slick appears to be breaking up in the Persian Gulf. He said the flow of oil into the slick has stopped.
The flood of crude, which U.S. officials said was deliberately unleashed by Iraqi occupiers in Kuwait, was stemmed by an Ameri-
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CISD undecided on superintendent post
The Coma! division of the American Heart Association is launching its first fund-raising effort of the year tonight at Citizens Bank. Teaparty volunteers will be calling residents of the area asking for pledges to support the work of the Heart Association. Food and beverages will be served to volunteers throughout the evening. Heart attacks along — the number-one cause of death in this country — claim more than 22,000 people each year in Texas,...
Colonial Manor Care Center,
821 U.S. 81, will host the South Texas Regional Blood Bank Bloodmobile from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Stop by for a donation...,
The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the parking lot of the Civic Center Wed- i
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Preparing a rail car for loading at ADM Milling Co , located on East San Antonio Street in New Braunfels, is Brian Barger. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nmi* Editor
Trustees of the Comal Independent School District board emerged from closed doors Monday after discussing the search for a superintendent for the district, but announced no public plans or intentions.
“We arc still discussing it and we have no further comment ai this time,'’ said Board President Lee Ikels aAer the executive session. “We’re Rill looking into the situation.”
Ikels said the board of trustees discussed during the closed session the qualifications of district employees* who would be eligible to fill the position left vacant by the death of Superintendent Bill Brown.
Mr. Brown died in December of ameer.
“We know who's qualified in our district (for the job),” Ikels said. “We went through the records and found a list of who is qualified.”
Arlcn Ticken, assistant superintendent for personnel, was named acting superintendent for the district Jan. IO
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A change in the weather is due late this afternoon. The day, which started off foggy, should first find temperatures warming to about 70 under partly cloudy skies. Conditions were expected to change rapidly between 4:30 and 6:30 p m, with temperatures plunging to near 50 with the arrival of a cold front. The overnight low of 36 likely will be followed by cold conditions Wednesday, with a high of 45 and a low of 29 expected and cold rain a strong possibility. Clearing is likely by the end of the week.
Iraq says POW
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — iraq claimed today that an allied POW was killed by a coalition air raid, apparently while being held as a "human shield." The United States vowed to shoot down any Iraqi planes that try to rejoin the war after taking refuge in Iran.
The official Iraqi News Agency did not give the nationality or name of the captured airman it said had died. It said the airman was killed during an allied attack on Baghdad.
There was no independent confirmation of the report. Army Brig. Gen. Pat Stevens IV, at a briefing in Riyadh today, told reporters he was unaware of the report and could not comment.
Last week Iraq said it would send allied POWS to strategic targets, and on Monday it said some captive allied
airmen were injured by bombing
Today’s report, monitored in Cyprus, said die allied POW was killed in one of 65 air raids on Iraq Monday night and this morning.
"One of the raids hit one of the departments of the Ministry of industry, killing one of the captured foreign pilots, who had been evacuated to that department," said a military statement carried by the Iraqi News Agency.
On Monday, in his first interview of the Persian Gulf war, Iraqi Presi