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CompJuly 4 weekend busiest yet for police
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
“We didn’t have anything major. No fatalities, no drownings. That was wonderful,” said Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
But Independence Day weekend was anything but dull for local law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff’s deputies made 96 arrests between 6 p.m. July I and midnight on July 6. That total includes one
bench warrant and seven prearranged weekend commitments.
The rest were for driving while intoxicated (31), public intoxication (21), drug possession (9) and a variety of other crimes.
“Ask where they’re from, it’s Houston, Houston, everybody from Houston,” grumbled Sheriff Walter Fellers. He said his office would handle “about half that many” cases in a normal summer weekend.
He didn’t have statistics to com
pare from last Fourth of July, but said, “It was much busier, I’d say, than last year.”
It may have been busier, but it was also less dramatic. The 1981 holiday weekend brought five drownings: four in Canyon Lake, where a San Antonio man drove his family car off a boat ramp into the water ; and one on the Guadalupe River.
No drownings were reported this year, despite the large number of
people participating in water sports. There was one serious skiing accident, resulting in an almost-severed hand for Cynthia Pousardieu of San Antonio. And a San Antonio man required hospital treatment after falling out of his boat into the lake.
State highway troopers worked 12 traffic accidents July 2-5, as compared to IO last year. New Braunfels city police handled 14 in 1981, and 14 in 1982. In most cases, victims
received only minor injuries.
The sheriff’s office charged four people with possession of marijuana, and five for other controlled substances. Two suspects were charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, and three with unlawful carrying of weapons. There was one case of giving alcohol to a minor; one of fleeing a police officer and one unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
City police answered 292 calls for service during the July 2-5 period, 85
more than on the same weekend last year.
The 1981 total included the 14 street accidents, 200 traffic tickets and 54 arrests.
Police made only 34 arrests during the '81 summer holidays. DWI cases doubled: seven last year, 14 this year. Public intoxication arrests jumped from 15 to 22.
Five people were arrested in
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PLO drops final demands; some obstacles still remain
By THE ASSOICATED PRESS
The PLO has dropped its demands for a political and military presence in Lebanon — apparently eliminating the last major obstacle to a guerrilla pullout — but Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon still wants to storm west Beirut, a key mediator said today.
“They have dropped the conditions,” former Prime Minister Saeb Salam told The Associated Press at his west Beirut mansion. “The more they drop, however, the more Sharon asks. Sharon is totally intent on his military plan. He wants to exterminate the PLO and thousands of people in Beirut.”
As he spoke, Israeli tanks and guerrilla rocket launchers exchanged barrages around Beirut’s paralyzed airport and the nearby Bourj el Barajneh camp. The Tel Aviv command said Israeli forces also traded sporadic gunfire with Syrian troops in eastern lebanon.
Most of the 30,000 Syrian troops dispatched to Lebanon six years ago to police the armistice that ended the 1975-76 Moslem-Christian civil war have regrouped in eastern lebanon following bloody clashes with the Israelis during the first weeks of the 5-week-old invasion.
Salam said the PLO wants to go overland from Beirut to Syria, but the guerrilla group’s military leader, Saad Sayel, told the Voice of Palestine radio: “The PLO and its leaders are resolved to stay on in Beirut and Lebanon even at the cost of martyrdom.”
When Israeli invaded June 6 it was believed the operation would be a limited to pushing the guerrillas back from the border, but Israel’s deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen.
Moshe Levy, said Thursday that Israeli forces were girding for a long stay, possibly through winter.
There was no comment on the reported dropping of PLO conditions either from Israel or the Palestine Liberation Organization, which has been negotiating through Salam and Lebanese Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan to arrange a pullout of the estimated 8,000 guerrillas to stave off an assault by Israeli forces.
Israel had rejected PLO demands to have a political bureau in Beirut and two units in the Lebanese army and communicated the rejection to the negotiators at the presidential palace in Baabda, outside Beirut. Wazzan drove from his west Beirut office to the palace today, ending a five-day boycott of the talks.
It said Israeli forces at the behest of U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib let Wazzan’s motorcade through the Galerie Semaan crossing point on Beirut’s southern edge, then closed it, maintaining a fuel and food blockade of west Beirut for the sixth day.
Wazzan had accused Habib of insisting that any U.S. peacekeeping force enter Beirut after the guerrillas withdraw, thereby leaving the estimated 500,000 Moslem civilians who remained vulnerable to reprisals from Christian militiamen in east Beirut.
President Reagan confirmed earlier this week that he was willing to commit U.S. troops to a multinational force to oversee a peaceful withdrawal of PLO guerrillas from west Beirut by sea. Reports said the guerrillas would first go to the Syrian port of I^atakia then disperse throughout the Arab
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Kids, it seems, will do almost anything, especially during the summer months when everything's already been done before. Kim Caffey has found a new pastime, though. You shimmy up
a football goalpost, swing out to the middle, and drop off. Erik Buster and Curt Caffey watch as the fun(?) continues.Reagan delays rail strike
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -By invoking his power to temporarily avert a nationwide freight strike, President Reagan is hoping a settlement can be reached in the dispute between 40,000 locomotive engineers and the railroad industry.
Reagan interrupted his vacation at his mountaintop ranch 20 miles from here Thursday to sign an executive order creating a presidential emergency board to investigate the issues.
The president’s action, taken three days before a threatened strike, triggers a 60-day cooling off period. Any walkout during that period would violate federal law.
The president’s power to forestall a strike is part of the Railway I>abor Act.
“It was the president’s view that a railroad strike would have an immediate impact on the public,” said White House deputy press secretary I^arry Speakes. “He considers the railroad industry crucial to the U.S. economy.”
Reagan signed the order shortly after the National Mediation Board sent him its findings that a strike would virtually shut down rail freight movement in the United States.
The contract dispute between the engineers and IO rail lines centers on pay, Work rules, and working conditions, Speakes said. Mediation efforts began last December and ran through May, he said.
“A strike by the BLE (Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers) threatens substantially to interrupt interstate
commerce to a degree such as to deprive a section of the country of essential transportation service," said a written statement issued by White House officials in California with the president.
The president is expected to name the three members of the fact-finding board next week. They would have 30 days to study the issues and develop recommendations, and the union and industry then would have 30 days to consider the board’s findings.
The engineers had scheduled a walkout for 10:30 p.m. EDT Sunday. Before Reagan’s action, Bill Wanke, first vice president of the union, said the union “absolutely” would abide by the no-strike ban and the accompanying cooling off period.
Bell drops rate appeal
AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Mark White said today Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. has agreed to drop its appeals of 1980 and 1981 rate orders issued by the Public Utility Commission.
White said in a statement the agreement between Bell and the PUC to dismiss the appeals could save customers more than $100 million.
“The agreement has been endorsed and is supported by the Texas Municipal League’s Southwestern Bell steering committee as being in
the best interest of all cities affected by the agreement,” White said.
As part of the agreement, he said, Bell will withdraw its appeal of the 1981 rate order in which it requested $88.9 million in additional revenues and $20.4 million in refunds of temporary rates ordered by the commission.
Also, White said, neither Bell nor the PUC would appeal an April district court decision that denied a claim by Bell for an additional $25 million but upheld Bell claims for approximately $13 million.
Final 1980 census statistics show impressive jump in local population
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
The 1980 census figures for population and housing here have been deemed “final” two years after they were gathered.
New Braunfels, with 22,402 people, grew by one-fourth in the 1970s. The typical citizen was 32 years old, and was more likely to own a home than rent one.
A copy of the figures was received by City Planning Director Debra Goodwin this week, and she distributed them to members of the Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday.
In 1980, slightly more than one-third of New Braunfels’ population was Mexican-American, a fact sure to be noted when the city’s Charter Review Commission is formed to work on a plan for a single-member district election system here.
City Council decided to create the panel at its June 7 meeting to look into the possibility of replacing the at-large system of electing Council members.
Currently, none of the Council members are Mexican-American in a city that counted 7,412 Mexican-American citizens in 1980. No figures from 1970 are available for comparison, since it wasn’t counted as a distinct racial group by the census.
It still isn’t, in fact. In the 1980 census, Spanish origin was a separate category from race. Of the 7,685 who listed their origins as Hispanic, 7,412 were Mexican, 18 were Puerto Rican, two were Cuban and the remaining 253 were “other Spanish,” meaning various l^atin American nationalities.
Black citizens numbered 356 in 1980. down from the 369 counted IO years earlier. Iii 1980, New Braunfels had 39 American Indians, two Eskimos, one Aleut. In 1970, the Eskimos were counted as Indians and there were 29 altogether.
The number of Japanese in the city increased by 50 percent in the last decade, but you probably didn’t notice — there were two in 1970, three in 1980.
The final figures for 1980 also include three Chinese, one Filipino, three Koreans, four from India, two Hawaiian and five Vietnamese. And 1,833 “other,” a big jump from the 78 “other” recorded in 1970.
In 1980, there were 7,895 occupied housing units in the city, 2,352 of them rented. Eighty-six other homes were vacant and for sale, 142 were vacant and for rent, 157 were “held for occasional use” and 240 were just plain vacant for “other” reasons.
The most common rent charged for housing here was between $200 and $249 per month (426 of the rent houses cost that much), but 96 housing units here carried a rent of less than $50, and 365 of them cost between $50 and $99 to rent.
Of the owner-occupied homes, (not counting condominiums, duplexes, homes with a commercial or office use, mobile homes, or homes on IO or more acres), the census reported 1,031 were valued between $50,000 and $79,999, more than any other category. An additional 618 were valued in the $40,000 to $49,999 range.
There were 245 owner-occupied homes valued at less than $10,000, 392 valued between $10,000 and $14,999, another 439 valued between $15,000 and $19,999, and 501 valued from $20,000 to $24,999.
Staff photo by John Seater