New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 132
July 5,1985 25 Cents 24 Pages—2 Sections
Soggy Fourth in New Braunfels, below
Fireworks reset for Saturday
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
It’s the same old cliche. It rained on the parade... and the concert, and the barbershop quartet, and even the fireworks display.
But all is not lost. Although the Sophienburg Memorial Association's activities on the plaza were rained out. the fireworks at luanda Park have been re-scheduled for Saturday at9p rn.
A band will entertain crowds at the dance slab from 8 p m until dusk, when the speakers will be tuned to 92 1 KM ( KNBT » for the simultaneous broadcast of patriotic music, which is ••choreographed'’ to the fireworks display.
“I imagine, this is just a guess, that a couple of hundred people came by the park Hooking for fireworks Thursday night) and we had lots of phone calls at the office.' said Parks Director David Whatley. "I know a lot of people came rn from out of town.”
Whatley said that his own children were even mad at him for postponing the fireworks display
We had three problems,' Whatley
See CITY. Page UARiver outfitters still optimistic despite rains
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The difference between this year's and last year’s Fourth of July could be summed up in one word ...wet This time last year, just about everybody was praying for rain without much results This summer season has answered those pray ers with raindrops to spare I^st year’s Fourth of July fireworks show in Landa Park had city officials worried about starting a fire, because the ground was so parched Thursdays fireworks es travaganza was postponed by rain-s<»aked
grounds until Saturday.
Water in the Comal River last year went from crystal-clear to virtually stagnant. By comparison, the Tube Chute looked like a n nm-Niagara Falls Thursday afternoon To keep their businesses afloat last year, outfitters along River Road bought water from Canyon Reservoir on weekends and holidays. This summer, the story on River Road is much different Ellen Posey with Whitewater Sports said rain kept many of her customers out of the Guadalupe River Thursday, but they didn t go home or not come at all like was the case last year
•Sure, the rain put a damper on things.” Posey said. ’ But the way I look at it. the rain made the prospects for the weekend even better ”
She added some guided tours may have ventured through Hueco and Slumber Falls, bul very few rentals that she knew of did the same
Nan Merchant said Thursday’s business at Gruene River Company started out slowly. "But things picked up. and we wound up doing the volume we thought we would.”
Mark Toon, also with Gruene River Co., said the difference between last year's
tourist season and this summer is "like wearing hiking boots and carry ing a paddle in a canoe. We did a lot of hiking last summer over dry spots This year, a paddle is all we need.”
Jane Abbott, in her lith season with Abbott^ River Outfitters, said the difference between last summer and this one so far is like "night and day.
About this time last year is when the bottom fell out. This season hasn’t been as good as the best, but it's a definite improvement over the last two years,” she added
laical hotels reported a few cancellations for the Fourth of July weekend due to the wet weather But in most cases, those cancellations were soon replaced with new reservations or walk-ins.
We filled up. and those who came didn’t gripe too much,” said Rusty Brandt, owner of Camp Wamecke. "Last year about this time, we were on our knees begging for rain. This year was a real switch. Water was up into the picnic area Thursday.
"Today the river’s back in its banks today, even though it’s still a little muddy. But if the sunshine will come out, we’U be in real good shape,” he added
Gang leader freed despite pledge to prosecute him
Rain alters Fourth plans in Schertz, Garden Ridge
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
It takes more than a attle rain to dampen the spirits of Comal and Guadalupe county Fourth of July celebrants. Although most activities throughout the area were just a little soggy, almost all went on as scheduled
In Bulverde, the picnic and pumper races went on as planned with a large crowd participating Spring Branch claimed victory in the Volunteer Fire Department’s pumper races.
In Garden Ridge,tile picnic had to be moved from Paul A. Davis Park to the Volunteer Fire Department station in Bracken Mayor Paul Davis said that although this was the first year the picnic had to be moved, about 200 people attended.
In Schertz, the parade had to be cancelled because of rain but other Fourth of July Jubilee activities went on as scheduled. There were three dances sponsored by the city of Schertz and the Schertz Business Club.
Folks in Settler didn t let a little drizzle get in the way of their Fourth of July. About 50 people braved the weather to watch the flag raising ceremony and nearly 300 enjoyed the picnic.InsideToday's Weather
Things should start to dry out with temperatures predicted to reach the upper 80s today and the lower 90s Saturday. No rain is in the forecast. Southeasterly winds will remain about IO mph. Thursday ’s high was 82 and this morning’s low was 67. Sunset will be at 8 35 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6:36 a.m.Rain Delay
Todays mens semifinal matches at Wimbledon were delayed when a heavy thunderstorm rolled through. luckily, the courts were covered before the rain arrived. Sports. Page SA
From wire and staff reports
HOUSTON — A Mexican judge has released a reputed gang leader from a Mexican prison despite a promise from that government to prosecute the man accused of killing four men in Fort Bend County, federal officials say.
Arturo Martinez Herrera, alleged leader of what U.S. officials called a blood-thristy illegal alien smuggling gang, was released from a Nuevo I^iredo prison Friday — eight months after the Mexican gover-nement promised to prosecute him.
"We are extemely disappointed and very disturbed,” Assistant U.S.
After charging the same rates for three years, the Guadalupe Valley Electric Co-op has submitted a request for a 3.27 percent rate increase to the Public Utilities Commission.
“Our volume of sales is just not keeping up with expenses,” said Doyle Hines, GVEC’s general manager.
GVEC serves most of Guadalupe County including Schertz, Cibolo, Marion, Geronimo and McQueeney.
Attorney Bernie Hobson said about Martinez’s release
Hobson prodded Mexican federal officials for 13 months before they agreed last November to prosecute Martinez.
Martinez is believed to have directed tile execulion-styIe slaying of four young Salvadoran men The bodies were found along the Brazos River on July 16, 1982, near Houston in Fort Bend County.
One of the suspected gang members — Juan Ramon Ortiz — received a 15-year prison sentence from a Comal County jury in connection with one of the slayings. Ortiz, tried in New Braunfels on a change of
“Right now, we’re not even keeping up with inflation,” Hines said
Since the last rate increase, which was a six percent jump which went into effect Jan. I, 1983, GVEC has added more than $10 million worth of equipment and lines to accomodate almost 5,000 new members. As of Dec. SI, 1984, GVEC served 25,600 customers in six counties in central Texas.
Hines said that because of lower
venue, was convicted of killing Roman Turcios, and received Ins sentence May 12,1983
The victims were roped together and shot in the back of the head, allegedly the result of a smuggling deal gone bad, officials say.
When Mexico agreed to bring Martinez to trial, U.S. officials here hailed it as the first such prosecution by a foreign country involving a crime committed within the United States.
Mexico does not extradite its citizens charged with U S offenses, officials said.
fuel cost charged by the I>ower Colorado River Authority, GVEC members will actually see a decrease in their electricity bills because the cooperative charges on a cost basis.
The PUC is not expected to rule on the rate increase until September or October and if the increase is granted, it would not show up until November or December.
Suspect robs Luke's Wednesday
New Braunfels Police today are looking for a short man who robbed a drive-in grocery Wednesday night. It was the second robbery of the day.
At closing time, around IO or ll p m. Wednesday , an employee of Luke’s No. 3 drive-in grocery at 2475 Loop 337 was going back into the store when she was approached from behind by a man who forced her into the store.
He threatened that he had a weapon and demanded money. Police have not determined how much money was taken.
The suspect, about 5-feet, 4-inches tall, was wearing blue jeans and a t-shirt He had his face covered with another shirt, said Det. JuanGusme.
He left the store on foot and was headed toward the Gruenewood Villa apartments on Castlewood.
Gusme said that at this point, police do not believe the second robbery is related to the Wednesday afternoon robbery of the Trailways bus station at 614 US 81 W
Two “very skinny” Latin males, between 5-feet, 5-inches and 5-feet, 7-inches tall, wearing ski masks robbed the clerk there about 5 p.m.
See ROBBERY, Page UA
See GANG, Page UA
GVEC seeks rate increase
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The Jube Chute in Prince Solms Park all but disappeared under the Comal River Thursday See weather, Page UA
city's Fourth plans
Two men struck by lightning
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Two carpenters were struck by lightning and a pedestrian was struck by a car in the wake of recent thunderstorms which drenched the area and caused minor outages and accidents.
Lightning struck two New Braunfels carpenters, Ricky Velasquez, 21, and Danny Hernandez, 17, working on a construction site near Marion about 3 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Seguin Emergency Medical Service report.
The men were taken to Guadalupe Valley Hospital in Seguin where they were treated and released.
The lightning, which struck about 40 feet away from the men as they worked off of Stagecoach Road in Guadalupe County, knocked them fo the ground. They complained of pain and tingling in their lower extremities, the EMS report said.
Also a New Braunfels woman remains in satisfactory’ condition in McKenna Memorial Hospital after being hit by a car about I p.m. Wednesday , a hospital spokewoman said.