New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 7, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
— See Page 5A
Comal River........ 350 cfs (down 194)
Water Canyon inflow........... 369 cfs (up 9)
. Canyon outflow......... 635cfs (same)
WO ten Edwards Aquifer........ 625.61 (up .02)
Canyon Lake level.......911.27 (up .01)
Curren v. Becker
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Looking back at a soggy Fourth, Page 1B
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 133
July 7,1985 50 Cents
50 Pages—4 Sections
Retaliation threat unites Lebanon
BEIRUT, lebanon IAP) — Arab rage over President Reagan’s threats to blockade Beirut Airport brought Syrian calls for retaliator) boycotts Saturday and a warning, purportedly by their extremist Shute Moslem captors, to kill seven kidnapped Americans Lebanon’s Moslem leaders gathered in Damascus, the capital of Syria, to work out countermeasures at a time when Reagan has asked Syria’s President Hafez Assad to seek the release of the seven Americans Assad, the main supporter of rival lebanese militias and the power-broker in his neighbor country, helped win the freedom of 39 American TW \ hijack hostages held captive 17 da>s by Shute gunmen demanding the release of more than 700 lebanese from Israel.
Feuding Christians and Moslems in the fractured Beirut government closed ranks in anger over the U S
tirut International [Airport
threat to force Beirut Airport to close in retaliation for the hijacking They proposed an emergency session of the 22-member Arab league to back liebanon's stand against Washington.
The Foreign Ministry Saturday delivered a memorandum to foreign missions in Beirut expressing ■‘regrets’’ at the U.S. threat of sanctions against the airport, which the ministry said “will have negative
repercussions on both Lebanon and the United States”.
Syrian newspapers urged Arab nations to impose a boycott against U.S. air carriers until Washington lifts its threat against Lebanon.
The Tishrin daily, which like other Syrian papers reflects government thinking, accused Reagan of mounting a “campaign of hostility” against Lebanon after Assad kept his side of the deal to free the TWA passengers.
It said Reagan had “once more shown that American credibility is null and void.”
A telephone call to a Western news agency by a man who said he spoke for the Islamic Jihad organization rejected Syrian mediation in the case of the seven Americans.
“After increased talk about an attempt to free the seven American hostages — who are with us —
See LEBANON. Page 12A
This pickup truck ended up against a tree after the wreck
2 injured at dangerous intersection
By SARAH DUKE Staff writar
Neighbors say the unmarked intersection of Basel Street and Washington Avenue is dangerous, and a two-car wreck there Saturday night did little to disprove that charge.
Antonio Camareno, of 525 E. Dittlinger, was struck as he entered the intersection traveling west on E. Basel by a car driven by James Halfman of Huntsville.
Halfman was traveling south on S. Washington. The wreck occurred around 6 p.m.
Angelina and Valentena Camareno, the driver’s daughter and wife, were taken to McKenna Hospital where they were treated and released. They were passengers in Camareno’s brown Ford pickup.
The intersection has no stop or yield signs. Residents who live in the area said the intersection has been the scene of accidents in the past.
“We average an accident a year here at least,” said Homer Forester of 417 S. Washington Ave.
Forester said he has talked to city officials in the past about placing a sign at the intersection but has been told the residents of the area need to present a petition. “Stop signs at the other intersections around here were put up without people having to put together petitions.
See WRECK, Page IZA
Firemen rescue tubers at dam
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writar
He was in the right place at the nghttime.
Friday afternoon, firefighter and emergency medical technician Wesley Meyer was off-duty at the central fire station.
At I p.m., the call came in that two tubers were caught in the undercurrent at the tube chute in Prince Solms Park.
And Meyer, an outdoorsman who carries his kayak on top of his Jeep, headed out, along with the fire chief. captain, the rescue truck and several police officers in tow
“Two tubers had gone over the top of the Mill Dam.” said Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn. “They got caught at the swirl and couldn’t get out of that current. They were stuck in front of the dam on their tubes.”
Friesenhahn said Meyer attached
a flotation device to his kayak and on
the second try, the tubers grabbed hold. "He pulled them out of the swirl and they were okay," Friesenhahn said.
Thursday’s rains boosted the river to such a level that it topped the dam by about four feet The dam is under the San Antonio Street bridge downstream from the chute.
CISD construction plans progressing — on paper
In the wake of Saturday's fireworks show in Landa Park, the consensus may well have been, better late than never. Although the show was delayed two days because of ram, it lived up to its expectations. The show went off smoothly.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Almost two months have passed since Comal ISD patrons passed a $19 96 million bond issue, and progress isn’t visible...yet.
Probably no one knows that better than CISD Supt. Bill Brown, who’s quick to say a lot more progress has been made than meets the eye.
“We have a timeline for building construction, and we’ve packaged campuses together, according to their geographical location, to maybe get better bids,” Brown said. “On this timeline, we can show when we think we will finish the design phase of each bid packet, the month we’ll bid the project, estimated construction time, and when tin? doors will open, bai ring any major complications or weather-related problems.”
Tile bond issue, passed by almost a three-to-one margin on May 18. includes major renovations and additions for all nine CISD campuses. A new Smithson Valley High School for I 200 students and a new Canyon Middle School for 800 are also planned, along with the conversion of the current SVHS into a junior high
facility. Bulverde Elementary into Bulverde Primary for kindergarten through second grade, and Bulverde Middle into Bulverde Elementary for grades three through five.
Among the various additions, the issue will also provide five new classrooms .at Smithson Valley Middle School (now SVHSi, six at Canyon High School, four at Frazier Elementary, four at Bulverde Elementary mow Bulverde Middle School >, six at Mountain Valley School, seven at Goodwin Primary, IO at Comal Elementary and eight presently under construction at Bulverde Primary • now Bulverde Elementary).
“We took Bulverde Primary. Bulverde Elementary, the Smithson Valley classroom additions and Mountain Valley, and grouped them into one bid packet,” Brown said “We think the designs will be finished and the project as a whole ready to bid by the first of September, with an anticipated completion between April and May of 1986
“That would allow us time in June and July to furnish the new rooms, and open their doors by the beginning of the 1986-87 school year in September.’’he added.
As the proposal stands now, Frazier Elementary, Goodwin Primary. Comal and CHS make up another bid packet. Brown said designs on this one should be finished no later than September 1985, with the projects going out for bids in early October. Construction would probably last through May or June 1986, with a planned September opening.
New Canyon Middle and Smithson Valley High schools stand alone as two separate bid packets, mainly because of the size of each project. Brown did say, though, he felt both facilities could be ready to open in September 1987
Transportation, future growth potential, water availability and land costs should all figure into the board’s final decision on where to locate the two new campuses, and all those considerations take time to work out.
But Brown did say a recommendation on the new SVHS site “will come to a head faster than Cany on Middle School,” possibly by the board's regular meeting in July or August.
See CISD, Page IZA
Cult leader faces sex assault charges
TRENTON, N J. (AP) - A jury must decide whether a minister used beatings, degradation, sex and what a prosecutor called “psychological weaponry’’ to transform his church into an evil cult and control a congregation in three states.
During the two-week trial, witnesses described being forced to strip for disciplinary rituals in which they were whipped with belts and tree limbs One testified he was told that if his wife asked about bleeding wounds on his back and buttocks he should tell her that “it was done in love.”
The Rev. Wilbert Thomas Sr., founder of the Christian Alliance Holiness Church, his wife, son, daughter, daughter-in-law and six others face charges including atrocious assault and battery, sexual assault and conspiracy. The 22-count indictment covers a five-year period beginning in March 1978 and was handed up in 1983.
The defendants also are accused of forcing one woman into involuntary servitude. The prosecution has alleged that Thomas expected his followers to work without pay at the church-run “The Rev. Thomas'
House <>f Chicken” in a run-down Trenton neighborhood and at similar restaurants in Akron, Ohio, and Miami.
The key prosecution witness, Cynthia Adams, 24, of Akron, said during more than five hours of testimony that Thomas subjected her to severe beatings and once forced her to have sex with hun, his wife and two other female church members.
“He had my mind and my emotions. I looked to him as leader,” she said.
Lemuel H. Blackburn Jr., defense
attorney for the self-declared bishop — who started forming congregations in 1969 — told the jurors that while some of the alleged acts may be "repulsive ... that does not automatically make them a crime.”
“Consenting adults can do anything they want as long as it doesn't violate the law. They can even agree to corporal punishment,” he said.
The prosecution painted a picture of a church hierarchy centered on Thomas that turned evil, demanding
that its fear-motivated congregation put the church above all else, including husband-wife loyalty.
“Fasten your seat belt. You are about to embark on a journey into the heart of darkness,” Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Randolph D. Norris said in opening arguments.
Church members said they were prohibited from socializing with people outside the church and were required, under a handbook Thomas distributed in 1978, to consult with him before making any important decisions.
Sunny warm days are forecast for the New Braunfels area with temperatures predicted to reach the mid 90s today and the low 90s Monday. No rain is in the forecast. Winds will be from the southeast at 5 to IO mph. Saturday's high was 92 and Friday night’s low was 65. This morning's sunrise was at 6:37 a m. and sunset tonight will beat8:35.
Astros 8 Expos 7
Tigers 4 Rangers 3