New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels man charged in mail fraud scheme
A New Braunfels man appeared in federal district court this morning for a pre-trial hearing in San Antonio in connection with his indictment in mail fraud by a federal grand jury.
Lambert Slisz, 43, was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of mail fraud in connection with the American Fidelity Company — Homeowners Division, which is based in New Braunfels. San Antonio resident Alan Louis Chavis, 45, owner of AMFICO, was also indicted Tuesday on 20 counts of mail fraud.
Slisz's bond was set at $50,000. Bond for
Chavis was set at $100,000. If convicted on all charges, Chavis could face IOO years in prison and Slisz could face 35 years.
AMFCO’s advertisements said th" company would “pay ... homeworkers $500 per 1,000 envelopes processed and stuffed according to directions.”
To get those directions, the person answering the ad must send in a $15 “deposit” to get a “starter kit.”
AMIFCO had been under investigation last year by the Texas Attorney General's Office for making such an offer. The office had
reported getting many inquiries about the company.
Dean Tillman, operations manager at the Better Business Bureau office in San Antonio called the operation a “work-at-home scheme.” Many types of mail operations exist under different names, but they are usually all connected, she said
Tillman said this morning her office averages 1,600 calls per month about mailorder businesses in general The BBH began its complaint file on AMIFCO in June 1982, she said. Most of the inquiries are from out of
state, she added The BBB has an ‘ unsatisfactory performance record and a record of unanswered complaints,’' Tillman said
Tom Purdum, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce executive vice president said in October that his office had been getting “seven or eight or even nine or IO letters a day and double that in phone calls” about AMIFCO
Many of the calls were from elderly persons who wanted information about the program.
and were financially strapped, he said
Some of the persons who contacted the Chamber ad already answered AMIFCO's advertisement, Purdum had reported.
A flyer for the company listed an address on Lone Star Drive in the Kreuslerville area of New Braunfels off Highway 46 South The Herald Zeitung had received inquiries from authorities in Illinois and from a newspaper in New Mexico last year concerning the company, which prompted an article in the October IO. 1982 edition.
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USPS 377 £80'Booby- trapped car kills 6 in Beirut hotel
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) — Three terrorists shot their way into Beirut's most luxurious hotel and exploded a bomb-laden car, killing six people and wounding 18, including an Italian peacekeeping soldier, police said today.
They said two bodies were dug out of the rubble this morning, raising the death toll to six in Wednesday night s attack on the Summerland hotel, packed with guests who had fled sectarian violence in the nearby mountains.
In southern lebanon, guerrillas shelled settlements in northern Israel Wednesday for the first time rn the 13-month-old war, but no injuries were reported.
Police said the hotel terrorists machine-gunned two guards to death and detonated a car packed with explosives, killing two parking lot attendants, starting a raging fire and shattering the hotel's windows The killers fled, and police said they had no clue as to their identities.
Among the 18 w ounded by the blast were an Italian soldier in Beirut's multinational peacekeeping force and an undetermined number of other people were missing
Firefighters struggled for three hours to control the blaze, which came only hours after Druse gunners in Lebanon s central mountains shelled Christian east Beirut, killing three people including a young girl, wrecking five cars and shattering chandeliers at a Greek Orthodox church.
By early today no group had taken responsibility for bombing the hotel, where many residents of the
central mountains had sought refuge from the deadly feuding between Druse and Christian militias.
“They escaped the fighting only to be bombed by explosives,” said a hotel employee who asked to remain anonymous He said most of the hotel's 102 rooms were occupied.
In Tel Aviv, the Israeli military command said two mortar shells apparently fired by guerrillas in lebanon exploded near the Israeli border settlements of Hanita and Adamit on Wednesday, but caused no casualties.
It was the first time shells fired from Lebanon have landed in Israel since the Israelis invaded Lebanon in June 1982 to smash Palestine luberation Organization guerrilla bases.
The shelling came after the Israeli Cabinet approved a partial pullback of Israeli forces from the central mountains 20 miles south to the Awalt River in attempts to reduce guerrilla ambushes which have caused scores of Israeli casualties in recent months and raised opposition to the war at ome.
Israeli military commentator Zeev Schiff said Israel would relinquish about 200 square miles of the roughly 1,200 miles now under its control and eventually reduce its 30,000 troops to 20,000.
Military soot era in Israel said the redeploy ment could begin in a few days and take about IO weeks, but the sources said Israel first wants assurances that PLO guerrillas and Syrian troops will not moveSee BOMB, Page 8A
Polish officials to lift martial law tomorrow
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Council of State, acting on orders of the nation's military leaders and Communist Party chief Gen Wojciech Jaruzelski, has ordered the lifting of martial law in Poland beginning Friday, President Henryk Jablonski told Parliament today.
On Wednesday Parliament, acting to insure the government’s grip on the country, granted broad emergency powers to Poland's Conununist leaders so they can act quickly to silence any political threat once martial law ends.
Today, shortly before the announcement, Parliament approved a series of tough new regulations that further secure the government's control.
In a nationally televised speech today, Jablonski said “At the request of the Military Council for National Salvation, the Council of State has lifted martial law on the territory of the whole country, starting July 22 ”
Jaruzelski, who addressed Parliament immediately after the Jablonski speech, said: “martial
Texland files suit against PUC
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Texland Electric Company is taking the Public Utilities Conuiussion to court.
The company is suing to obtain the certificate it needs to build a power plant in Central Texas. To be located in Milam County, that plant would produce 1,500 megawatts.
Texland is a joint venture of two electric cooperatives: Bluebonnet and Pedernales.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative serves the Canyon Lake area of Comal County.
The utility commission denied Texland's application for a “certificate of convenience and necessity” (the official term) May 19. Texland appealed, but the conuiussion denied the appeal June 21. The suit asks that the denial be set aside.
“We think we have an excellent chance,” said Bill Cunningham, Texland spokesman
A trial is scheduled for September 19 ut Kist District Court in Austin, with Judge Charles Mathews presiding Mathews is the same judge who recently overturned the commission’s denial of a rate increase to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative.
Texland was formed in 1910 by the two cooperatives to try to provide an alternate source of anergy to their current supplier, the Lower Colorado River Authority.
law was a necessity, an act of defense. The lifting thereof is a conscious choice ''
The government’s new powers, contained in a constitutional amendment, were proposed by the Communist leadership and were designed to allow the government to unpose a state of emergency, swiftly re-imprison dissidents, and keep key leaders of the outlawed independent union Solidarity interned. The amendment was passed 386-1 with one absention.
Before the announcement that the mi bury decree will be lifted on Poland’s national day, the 450-member Parliament approved several special regulations designed to crush opposition to the Commui.1st government, in effect extending some martial law curbs for an 18-inonth transition period.
The new bill, and a conditional amnesty for political prisoners, was passed without its harsher, permanent provisions after criticism by Roman Catholic primate Cardinal Jozef Glemp. according
Comal County will be warm under partly cloudy skies today and tomorrow, with highs both days in the low Ms and tbs low tonight in the mid 70s. A few late-night and early morning clouds will burn off by mid-morning. Winds will be from the south near 19 miles per hour today and tonight. Sunset today will be at 1:30 p.m., sunrise Friday at 6:45 a m
MX Staying Alive
The MX missile got another lease on life with a 220-307 vote by the House. The victory was due in large part to a frantic phone lobbying effort by President Reagan. The vote puts the MX one step closer to joining tile nation's strategic nuclear arsenal in lltl.See Pate SA
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Daniel Halbardier (left) and Merlin Wiederstem carry driver Nasario Herrera to the ambulance
Driver injured as garbage truck plows into trees
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Stwriter
A runaway city garbage truck lust its brake* un Muse Rock Dnve and cleared about IOU feet of brush and trees al the bottom of the hill at Wood Road Thursday morning.
Injuries to the truck's driver, Nasario Herrera Sr, were still being determined at McKenna Memorial Hospital, as of presume A hospital spokesperson said there were possible internal injuries
New Braunfels Police Sergeant John Wommack said the men riding on the back of the truck were off getting trash cans, when the truck started to roll “One said he heard the driver yell No brakes They also said they tried to catch up with it, but they couldn t.”
Wommack said witnesses indicated the driver did an excellent job” of controlling the runaway truck “He missed several parked cars, went right along a
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On the roads again
Court may beef up county road crews
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writar
Comal Commissioners have been looking doubtfully at most departments’ requests for additional staff in 1994 When it comes to the road department, however, they’re almost begging Administrator Bodo Dietert to take more And Dietert isn’t sure he can use the extra people "As far as I’m concerned. I have enough
employees right now,” he told the Commissioner* Court on Wednesday. “If y ou've got too many people, you don’t have enough vehicles to transport em
In fact, Dietert s $1 28 million budget draft includes requests for equipment that will allow him to better utilize the per sonnel he has More people, he contends, would need more equipment, and might be difficult to supervise effectively.
Dietert added that four new employees were added to the road department last
year, authorizing a 24-member staff. Three positions are open at present.
He had some good arguments, but Pct I Commissioner J.L. Evans still isn’t satisfied In his opinion, there’s a lot of much-needed road work not getting done in this county , and he's willing to spend more money if that's what it takes
That’s the main function of the county , to keep the roads in good shape,” someone
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Grand Jury returns19 indictments
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Possession of controlled substance charges dominated the 19 indictments, returned by the Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday.
San Antonio resident* Robert Keith Carpenter and Sharon Parks, and Herbert
Hunter Semmes Jr., of 31464 Bartels Rd , Bulverde, were each indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture Semmes was also indicted for possession of a prohibited weapon ( enhanced I.
Palmer Duane Bordelon of 6903 Ley land. San Antonio; Karen Cooper Wilson and Thomas Paul Wilson, both of III Park,
Highlands; and Stephanie Jane Kinning of 2160 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, were each indicted for felony possession of methamphetamine*. Kenneth Dean Grauke of 3903 Barrington No. 2014, San Antonio, was indicted for felony possession of man juans.
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A city garbage truck wound up in the trees after a Thursday morning wreck