New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 feared drowned in helicopter crash
LONDON (AP) - A British Airways helicopter shuttling passengers to the Scilly Isles vacation resort crashed and sank Saturday in the English Channel. Officials said 20 of the 26 people aboard were missing and feared drowned.
Six survivors were rescued by lifeboats and two Royal Navy helicopters that raced to the crash scene two miles off St. Mary’s, the largest of the five main islands.
The Civil Aviation Authority was trying to determine the cause of the crash and there was speculation the helicopter flew into a flock of birds.
“There are a lot of dead birds at the scene of the crash," said Scillies coast guard spokesman Denver Childs
The navy called off its search at nightfall, but said it would resume at dawn Sunday despite deteriorating weather. Prince Charles sent a message of sympathy for British Airways to give to the victims’ families.
The survivors — two pilots, two local women, a 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl — were taken to local hospitals.
Officials identified the pilots as Captains Dominic tawlor and Neil
Charlton. A British Airways spokesman said both were “veteran pilots.” Names of the two children were not released.
One of the women, Mrs. Meagan Smith, was seriously injured and was flown from St. Mary’s by helicopter to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Truro. The other woman, Mrs. Lucille Langley-Williams, had three cracked ribs.
“I remember a bang and I think it must have been when we hit the water .... I started struggling with the door handle,” Mrs. langley-Williams told Press Association, the British
domestic news agency.
“It was difficult. I twisted and pulled at it frantically and finally it opened. I remember taking a very deep breath and thinking it seemed a long, long way getting to the surface. Then I could see the water paler above.”
She said she found Mrs. Smith on the surface along with the other survivors, all of whom were picked up by rescue craft within 20 minutes.
A team of divers was brought in to try to find the other victims in the sunken wreckage. Michael Osborne, spokesman for the Falmouth Coast
Guard, said, “Had there been any other survivors, they would have been found on the surface It is a matter of looking for a number of bodies at this stage.”
Officals feared it would be the worst helicopter accident in British history
The helicopter had 23 passengers and three crew members aboard when it crashed, an airline spokesman said.
The helicopter was en route from Penzance on the Cornish peninsula to the Scilly Isles, 2b miles off England's
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(LISPS 377*80’Comfund pie sliced on paper
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Salvation Army got all it asked for, and then some, from the Comal County Community Fund board of directors last month.
On paper, that is. The money will be raised in a community-wide fund drive, which will officially kick off this fail But the Salvation Army has a $9,000 chunk of the Community Fund’s $100,000 budget for 1983-84.
The charity organization had requested $8,000, based on a county-wide population of 32,000 “We usually figure 25 cents per capita < in asking for funds I,” said a Salvation Army representative at the Comfund board’s final budget meeting in June.
When one director pointed out that Comal County's population is really closer to 36,000, the board decided to kick in some extra funds
The Comfund budget allows the full amounts requested by the Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center ($12,5001, the Humane Society «$800i, the local Crisis lune < $5001 and the Youth Fair, whose $3,720 budget depends almost totally on Comfund contributions. The MUMM share represents a $500 increase over what it received from Comfund this year.
Nine other organizations had their requests trimmed or chopped by the board. However, seven of those are budgeted for as much or more than they received this year.
Tile American Red Cross asked for $5,000 and got $4,500, which is what Comfund gave the Red Cross this year. Head Start will get the same $1,000 it got in 1983, but that ’s only half of what it wanted.
Boy Scouts of America requested $16,250 in donations from Comal County next year, and the Girl Scouts wanted $15,546. Each organization
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§ TEA begins investigation into Comal ISD issues
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Star* pT*oto by John H Sam*.
This cactus plant on Dallas Street is probably wondering where the heck all this rain is coming from lately More showers dotted Comal County Saturday, and more is in the forecast for Sunday.
By DEBBIE OeLOACH Staff writer
One fact-finding mission about the Comal Independent School District has spawned a preliminary report, while another has surfaced — this time under the scrutiny of the Texas Education Agency < TEA I.
Two TEA officials visited the Central Administration Office last Wednesday, and “practically stayed all day,” CISD Supt Edgar Willheim said. “They were here investigating Principle No. I of the Texas Standards of Accreditation, which deals with the visitation of board members inside the classroom They were simply on a fact-finding mission ”
Mrs Audy L'Roy, former head of the English Department at Canyon High School, confirmed the TEA visit Others who talked to the two officials were school board president Dr. Kenneth Wunderlich, CHS Principal Larry Moehnke, Supt Willheim, and two CHS students who participated in the Advanced English III final exam, which was allegedly interrupted by two CISD trustees on May 27.
Carter Casteel, a spokesperson for the Concerned Taxpayers group, said Saturday that she anticipated a visit from TEA, based on a meeting she had with the Commissioner of Education in Austin last Tuesday
“The commissioner, Raymond Bynum, said he was definitely sending someone down here to investigate He said he gets upset when kids get involved, and if the allegations that had been made were true, he'd be madder than thunder." Casteel recalled.
The advisory committee will make its first report at
Tuesday s meeting "I think we've done a pretty good job," chairman Robert Van Horn said.
"He said that if the allegations panned out. he planned to issue a serious reprimand to the CISD school board He said, ‘I’ve been known to go to school districts and talk to the boards I've also been known to call them to Austin where it s less public and less embarrassing,”’ she continued. “But if all these things are true, he said, We're going to have a serious prayer meeting.”’
Reports indicate the TEA officials asked very specific questions about CISD Casteel also said that Bynum showed her copies of various local
newspaper dippings published since the May 24 school board meeting Public disapproval seemed to erupt at that meeting, and the alleged interruption of the CHS final exam served to add fuel to the fire The movement gathered so much intensity that board members appointed an 11-member advisory
c ommittee on June 14 to investigate a prepared list of nine allegations, including lack of communication and a teacher hit list "
That committee, chaired by Cal. Robert Van Horn, will present its initial report Tuesday night at 7 SO p m “We have a slot on the tune table, that’s right, and the last tune we rehearsed it. it took 20 minutes.” Van Horn said Saturday But our first report will only include items No I and 4 — in other words, coro-mumcation within CISD That's all we had time to formulate within 30 days ”
Specifically. Item No I on the list is how the board can communicate to the school district, teachers, and patrons what the goals and objectives of the board are in relation to the total education program,” and No 4 is “the area of communications with employees and the patrons of the distnct ”
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Suspects sought in robbery
New Braunfels police were searching late Saturday night for four suspects rn connection with an armed robbery at a local motel.
Police said the suspects, two white men and two black men, entered the lobby of the Gourmet Inn Motel between 8 30 p m and 9 p m The motel is located at Interstate 35 and
Highway 46 South.
One of the black men had a gun, police said. and made the motel clerk give them all the money in the cash register The suspects did not threaten the clerk, police said The suspects took an undetermined amount of money from the register. police said
After the clerk gave the suspects
the money, they left the motel lobby, police reported Police said the suspects left the motel in a older model rust pickup truck
Neither the truck nor the suspects had been sighted by Late Saturday night
No we injured in the incident, police said
Elderly woman pulls gun on van driver
HOUSTON (AP) — Although she is SI years old and weighs only 105 pounds, Minnie Samuels doesn’t let anyone push her around.
Ms. Samuels found herself In trouble with the law Friday after she allegedly pulled a 25-caliber automatic pistol from her apron and threatened to shoot a city van pool driver.
Later, when a Houston policeman questioned her about the incident, Ma. Samuels wrestled with him for possession of her pistol, tried to grab a butcher knife to fight him off, punched him in the face and kickad him in the knees, according to a police report.
Ma. Samuels was In Harris County Jail Saturday in lieu of It,OOO bond on an aggravated assault charge stemming from tilt incident with the van driver. Police said no chargee were pending against bar (rem the scuffle with tbs arresting officer.
“I knew that gun was going to get her in trouble someday soon — abe never goee anywhere without it,” said Doris Jackson, one of Ms. Samuels’ neighbors.
“She’s a good woman and goes to church every Sunday — aha doesn't miss any — but lately she hunt had too much patience,” Ms. Jackson said. “She’s been getting mad pretty easy - awful mad at
certain folks I wouldn’t have wanted to tangle with her today.”
Police said Ms. Samuels' tirade began Friday morning, when she and about a dozen other elderly Allen Parkway Village residents had planned to go on their regular Friday morning grocery shopping trip in a Houston Housing Authority van.
Van driver Hung Le said he would have to make two trips to the store because there were too many people. Still, most of the elderly citizens — including Ms Samuels — tried to cram into the van, police said
He asked some of them to leave They did.
But he decided the van still was too crowded, and told Ms. Samuels she would have to wait for the second trip, police said The woman did not budge and the driver told her again to leave.
Police sa iu ms. Samuels then responded by pulling the pistol from her apron, pointing it st the van driver and saying, “I am not getting off this bus.”
While the incident was reported to police, Ms. Samuels got off the van and returned to her apartment.
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It will be cloudy today and tonight, becoming partly cloudy by Monday. There is a 50 percent chance of thundershowers today, decreasing to a 40 percent tonight. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph today, dropping down to about IO mph tonight.KKK Marches On
The Ku Klux Elan marched five blocks Saturday afternoon in drizzly Dallas About 1,000 persons watched the parade See Page 6A
Comal board member on Edwards panel
Directors of the Edwards Underground Water District recently created a water conservation task force, voted to build a district headquarters in San Antonio, and approved the development of a spill response plan
The 15-member board representing Bexar, Comal, Hays, Medina and Uvalde Counties also adopted a fee structure for permits for the transportation of water from the Edwards Aquifer to areas outside the district.
Noting that water conservation is one of the mandates of the legislation which created the EU WD in 1959 the board adopted a resolution, establishing a conservation task force. Members are Fay Sinkin of Bexar, Oliver Haas of Comal, Frances Emery of Hay*, Bruce T Foster of Medina, and Leslie Pepper of Uvalde Alternates, by respective counties, are Robert Haaslocher, Craig Hollmig, S R Gregg, Charles Rothe and Rodney Reagan
The task force will work to identify and eliminate waste of water,” Tom Fox, EUWD general manager said ‘ This is not necessarily new The Edwards Board has been doing this over the years, but this resolution creating the task force formalizes what already exists ”
Directors voted to purchase property in the 1800 block af N. St Mary 's St in San Antonio for lit!,860 as the site for an office building Fox also was authorized to proceed with architectural planning on a 4,000-sq aa re-foot building estimated to coit about $250,000 An ad hoc building committee of the board had recommended that the district construct its own headquarters and propoeed the St. Mary’s St alto because of Ma proximity to the downtown area end its accessibility off Interstate SI. TW committee also reported that owWw
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